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Working as a freelance writer with fibromyalgia has its perks, like the ability to work from home or a hospital bed. But it also has a major con! Fibro fog!
Guest writer Jade Bald shares five pro tips for dealing with fibro fog as a freelance writer.
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Dealing With Fibro Fog
Life as a freelance writer with fibro can be made difficult with fibro fog. It’s one of the many symptoms of a chronic health condition, and it can make writing difficult. Every writer experiencing this symptom has a different way of coping,
Here are my top five tips for dealing with fibro fog as a freelance writer.
Five minutes here and there can add up in the long run. Yes, it is disappointing that we can’t do a full hour and finish it in one go, but the process is better than not doing anything and letting it all build up. Besides, sometimes it’s better to do a little every so often because you are more attentive to mistakes.
As many as you need. Breaking might seem counterintuitive to getting things done, but it’s actually productive to listen to your body and key into how you feel after a few hours. Even a five-minute coffee or tea break every hour is worth it.
Let people know about your health.
It may feel awkward to tell people about this, because it’s a stigmatized condition (due to it being an invisible illness), if you need extensions or less workload, you should disclose what’s going on. We’re almost into the year 2022 and if ‘employers’ don’t get it, do you really want to ‘work’ for them? Moreover, it’s illegal for employers, whether it’s a conventional employer or not, to prejudice against someone with chronic health issues.
It’s not the individual’s fault they were dealt a pack of cards that lead to their health demise!
Get enough sleep every night.
Sleep is a writer’s best friend. Make sure you’re getting in at least eight hours or more per night. Lack of sleep only adds to a foggier brain and less productivity.
Don’t take on too many projects at once.
Limit yourself to a couple of good ones, ones you know will help you financially. It really is a disappointment not to be able to take on more, but your health comes first. Remember: It’s better to do a few than being too burnt out to do any.
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Jade Bald is from Ontario, Canada. She is a history graduate, fibro warrior, and cat mom. Jade is a freelance writer and has written for over twenty blogs, including Tiny Buddha, Rebelle Society, and The Good Men Project.
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