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14 September, 2015

Self-care tips for the self-employed (and just really busy people)

For those of you who don't already know, I'm fully entrenched in the self-employment lifestyle. For the past two years I've worked 100% from home, by myself (except for occasional meetings and events here and there). That may sound amazing to some of you—working from home does have its perks, like the 24 second commute from my bedroom to my home office and pajama Tuesdays (and Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays should I so desire). In a lot of ways it can be more challenging than a regular 9-5 job though—both in terms of motivation and self-care. It's hard to teach self-motivation (otherwise, wouldn't we all be superhumans who speak ten languages and can break bricks with our bare hands whilst still blazing through a 40 hour work week?) What I can share is a few of the health and wellness-related challenges I face working from home, and how I deal with them. Heads up: A lot of this advice applies to workaholics too, self-employed or not!

Self-care tips for the self-employed (and just really busy people)

Weirdly enough, one of the biggest things I miss about having a normal job is the commute. Keep in mind that I live in New York City, so my former commute consisted of a walk and short subway ride (then walking up and down four flights of stairs to get out of the station). Those seemingly endless stair-climbing sessions were annoying at the time, but you know what? They kept my glutes PERKY! Toddling ten steps from my bed to my computer just doesn't have the same effect somehow, so I have to make a point to get out and work my body.

Solution: I'm lucky enough to live close to a good-sized park, so usually I'll just take a brisk or jog around the park to get my blood flowing. When I didn't live near a park I'd find other excuses to walk extra... like walking to a produce market that was over a mile away from my house instead of the closest one, for example. The point here is that if you spend a lot of time glued to your desk or computer, you need to get exercise sometimes for your physical wellness and mental sanity. If your home or office doesn't have good strolling possibilities, investigate indoor options—I have a pushup bar, kettlebell and weights set for those days when the weather is awful and I just don't want to go outside. Bear in mind that I am most certainly not in amazing shape, but moving around a little bit just makes me feel better.

I've always been the sort of person who's OK spending a lot of time alone... a loner, Dottie. A rebel. So when I quit working the 9-5, I was surprised to discover how much I missed having co-workers to joke around with. Those little slivers of human interaction can make the most tedious of days really tolerable, you know? As it is now, I spend roughly 95% of my work days not having to interact with other humans in any way, which can be a little weird at times.

Solution: Find people who are in a similar situation! In New York there are tons of meetup groups for self-employed, so if you live in a big city and want to find someone who's in the exact same situation as you, you probably can (and then set up coffee meetings or co-working sessions). But don't forget about friends and family who might have non-traditional schedules for other reasons—I used to Google chat with a friend of mine a lot after she had a baby because she found herself experiencing the same lack of adult human interaction. (+ 100% more poopy diapers). Or call your mom. I'm serious! I talk to my parents on the phone way more often these days—they're both retired and delighted to have a random 30 minute chat on a Tuesday afternoon.

Here's one really crappy thing about being self-employed: If you're ill, there's no such thing as taking a paid sick day. Yes, I can take an entire day off and sleep if I want to, but I'm generally too busy for that and nobody's going to pay me for dreaming, so... yeah. Best to keep yourself healthy, and have tissues and other remedies on hand in case you do wake up with the sniffles one morning.

Solution: Prevention is obviously the best medicine, so I do whatever I can do keep healthy. That includes washing my hands frequently, sleeping enough (or at least trying to), and eating healthy foods. When I was a kid my mom always used to nag me to take vitamins, and something must have stuck because now I'm very diligent about taking immune-boosting vitamins and supplements. And you know what? They honestly seem to help. Could just be a coincidence, but I feel like I get colds way less frequently since I started a regular vitamin routine.

Zarbee's Vitamin Drink Mix #DrinkForYourself #MadeToMatter #Zarbees

I've been using Zarbee's Naturals Vitamin Drink Mixes lately and I like them a lot. First of all, they're daily powders that you mix into water and drink... I will take drinkable or chewable supplements over massive tablets you have to squeeze down your throat any day of the week. They're also made with natural, wholesome ingredients like inulin from chicory root, ginger, chamomile, and honey—plus no drugs, alcohol, gluten, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners or artificial dyes.

Zarbee's Vitamin Drink Mix #DrinkForYourself #MadeToMatter #Zarbees

Zarbee's Vitamin Drink Mix is available in six different varieties geared towards different health needs:

  • Antioxidant Support with Honey: This is a high potency antioxidant formula made with Essential vitamins and minerals A, C, E and Selenium. Comes in a delicious apple spice flavor meant to be served hot. This is Stan's favorite type of Zarbee's because the flavor is reminiscent of hot apple cider!
  • Invigorating Blend: A blend designed to promote temporary alertness with essential vitamins B2, B6, B12 and green tea leaf extract. It tastes kind of like lemony green tea with ginger to me—perfect for foggy-headed mornings.
  • Multivitamin with Antioxidant: My favorite! Contains 13 essential vitamins and Selenium. I really like this one as a daily multi—it's easier to swallow than a massive pill and has a tasty mixed berry flavor.
  • Calming Blend: Helps promote calm and support the central nervous system with essential vitamins A, C, D, E and a B-complex. This drink mix is made with chamomile and honey and can be served hot or cold, making it ideal for winding down at the end of a crazy day.
  • Immune Support: Helps support a healthy immune system with vitamins A, C, E, Selenium and Zinc. I can see this being a go-to drink for when I'm getting sick—it's meant to be served hot and has a very refreshing citrus spice taste that warms the pipes.
  • Multivitamin with Prebiotic: Another multi, this time with a prebiotic to help support a healthy digestive system! And of course essential vitamins A, C, D, E, B1, B2 and more. This one has a yummy orange flavor, best served cold.

Whether you're in need of a regular immune boost or an occasional pick-me-up, Zarbee's has you covered. And best of all, they'll be available at Target for $4 off until the end of September as part of the #MadeToMatter program! I'll be sharing another blog post showing where you can find them in the store and how to get that $4 off, so look for that here tomorrow. You can also browse the different varieties online. #DrinkForYourself and stay healthy!

How do you take care of yourself when you're really busy? Which variety of Zarbee's Vitamin Drink Mix would you most like to stock your medicine cabinet with?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Zarbee's, but of course all opinions expressed above are honest and my own. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy. #Zarbees

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