Many people like to believe that being a freelancer is a lot of sitting in your comfy clothes and binging on Netflix shows between working hard in your home office. However, people don’t understand is how stressful and difficult it can be to find clients, produce quality work and be in control of all aspects of your admin, from your taxes to keeping track of your finances in general, sending invoices and more.

Because of this, it’s incredibly important for freelancers to take a break to prevent you from burning out and help refresh you before heading back to the writing desk for another work session. Here are four ways freelancers can take breaks without even having to leave the room:

Have a YouTube Session

While YouTube can often be dismissed for just being millions of cat videos and people falling over in amusing ways, YouTube is actually the perfect research tool. With billions of videos uploaded every year, freelancers can use YouTube to find all the information they can get from books and searching the web, and when you want some time away from working hard but don’t want to procrastinate, YouTube is the perfect option for taking short breaks.

From documentaries, movie clips, interviews and short films, there is always something on YouTube to engage the senses and give you a pleasurable experience away from the serious work stuff.

Listen to some Ted Talks

If you want to be inspired while taking a break from the writing desk, you should definitely consider listening to Ted Talks. There are hundreds of videos and audio recordings of these talks, and they vary in industry and genre from business to art, social media to filmmaking, and so much more. Search through the collection and see which ones could inspire you, then head back to your work desk feeling motivated and ready to achieve great things.

Read up on Your Passions

If you’re writing white papers on law or writing scripts for corporate videos, the last thing you want to do on your breaks to read more content on these subjects. It’s perfectly OK to switch off your brain regarding work, and switch its attention over to something inspiring, and that you’re passionate about.

For example, if you’re into football, you should check out the Unibet blog. They have all the news and the action in one place, and it’s regularly updated. It means that you can keep up to date with all the latest signings, matches and controversies whenever you need to take a break from the day-to-day work stuff.

Start Blogging

One of the best ways to vent, share experiences and knowledge, and generally keep your brain engaged is to keep a blog. Essentially an online journal (unless you’ve started it to focus on a particular niche), blogging can be a cathartic experience, as the majority of writing methods tend to be.

Whether you’re writing about your feelings and experiences of being a freelancer or writing a review for the latest Marvel superhero blockbuster, blogging will keep your mind away from your freelance work for a few minutes, but it won’t feel like you’ve wasted your time. You’ll have something to show for it and your friends, family and the web at large will have a piece of content to read, authored by you.

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