Money Making and Mental Health
I wasn’t really expecting to write a post with this title, but after my holiday in July I slumped. I found I no longer had the motivation to work on this blog, my second website, Prolific Academic or any other money making schemes I’d took on. Yet I loved working on them, so what went wrong?
I have no medical or scientific explanation other than I think my brain and body just needed a break. At one point I even considered giving up on my blog, yet I knew deep down that this would be wrong for me in the longer term, as I love my blog.
On a day to day basis, I work part-time. I say part-time, but actually I do 6 hours per day, 5 days per week. A total of 30 hours, so almost full-time really. I love my job and in the last year, my role has changed slightly, which is brilliant, and I have more responsibility in this new role, which I am perfectly happy about. Along with this new role, comes the need for me to do overtime, which I don’t mind doing at all – particularly as it adds nicely to my savings pot. However, it does eat in to my spare time which is the time I use to run my blog, my website and do other money making activities.
As my holiday approached, I was also keen to get as much content written and scheduled so that my blog and website could run on auto-pilot whilst I was away.
Added to that, I had the normal day to day real life activities that required my attention, cooking, cleaning, homework, theory tests (eldest son), sports awards evenings (youngest son) that we all need to fit in to our day.
I just think that in a short space of time I was trying to do too much!
Take a Break
I completed everything I had planned to do, went away for my holiday (Venice – blog post coming soon – it was brilliant) and when I returned my brain just said NO – STOP. This was ok for the first week. I had content going out and I didn’t need to worry about anything. However, on the second week, just the thought of picking up my laptop made me feel sick in the pit of my stomach. This along with guilt that I needed to be doing something felt awful. I even considered giving up on blogging and side hustling there and then. I couldn’t understand why the feelings of excitement I normally had just weren’t there anymore.
Week three appeared and there was still no change in the way I felt but the feelings of guilt were stronger. In the end, I told myself that it was my blog and my website and if I didn’t want to put any content out then that was my prerogative. It helped, but I still felt guilty. It seemed like all my hard work was going to be wasted.
Week four was better. I no longer felt guilty and slowly but surely little things started to click back in to place. I made more money from my website than I ever had – it was only a few pounds but it was the sign I needed. Then my brain slowly began to think about content for my blog again and I knew that I was almost ready to pick up where I left off.
I spent week five planning some content for my website and updating some pages and now here I am writing my first blog post since the beginning of July. It feels good, really good and I am happy to be back.
It doesn’t matter that there was no content out for most of August. No-one will really notice – only me! I feel refreshed and renewed but I also know that I have to watch how much I push myself.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
It will be the same for anyone who is trying to make extra money in their spare time. Side hustling is fun but as you are probably fitting it in around your other commitments, you need to take care and ensure that you are not taking on too much.
My plan for my own self care is to give myself at least one day off over the weekend from side hustling. This is hard because I love it so much and could happily spend every evening and all weekend on blogging and side hustling, but I now know that it is not sustainable and I need to pace myself to maintain the momentum.
So, to all you side hustlers out there, take care of yourself. Take some time away for yourself now and again. It can be as simple as spending time watching a movie or reading a book – two things that I had stopped doing in favour of side-hustling!
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