Freelancing isn’t easy. Because if it were, everyone would be doing it. But let’s face it, not everyone has the balls to pull off something like freelancing full-time because let’s be honest.

Freelancing is a scary thing, especially at first when there’s no overall structure or organization to what you’re doing. Believe me, I know.

I’ve been freelancing for more than 11 years now – and I’m finally doing it full time!

So when you’re first starting out, how do you cope with all of the questions that come along with freelancing, such as how to find freelance jobs, how to stay organized, how to handle rejection and avoid quitting, and the list goes on.

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Well, I’ll tell you my technique…quit.

It might sound strange, but…I need to quit things, which helps me to know that I can always come right back to them.

Okay, I guess in a sense it’s not really quitting, but taking a break.

Whenever you feel overwhelmed (and I often do), take a step back. Take a breather. Walk around. Watch an episode of your favorite show. Have a cup of tea or a glass of wine if you really need it. But take your mind off of your troubles temporarily.

And I know it can be hard if you have bills to pay, children to feed, and other necessities that just don’t go away no matter how many breaks you take.

But trust me, if you keep going the way you are, you’ll end up quitting anyway…for good. And you’ll end up stuck at that stuffy 9 to 5 desk job and you’ll be another step further from attaining your goals.

So remember to take frequent breaks from your freelancing life.

I know at times it can seem all-consuming because you might be stressed out over bills, but you need to save your sanity, save yourself first in order to save anyone else (or, you know, buy them groceries).

Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure out everything all at once. Breathe. You’re strong. You got this. Take it day by day.KAREN SALMANSOHN

Some things I like to do to unwind and take a mini-break from freelancing include taking some time to play with my son, reading a few pages of a book, working on other business ideas, getting in a little bit of exercise (dance break!), productively browsing social media (be careful not to get carried away!), or eating a piece of really good chocolate cake.

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Find what soothes you and take a few breaks throughout the day to remind yourself that you need to be in tip-top shape if you’re gonna take over the world in just your pajamas.

So relax, be a little silly, play a game, get a massage (from your spouse), visit your friends and relatives.

Whatever you do, make sure it’s beneficial to you and your mental well being.

Because remember, a rested freelancer is a happy freelancer. And a happy freelancer gets a hell of a lot more done than an overworked, overly stressed freelancer.

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Founder at The Ultimate Freelance Guide and author of The Ultimate Guide to Using Blogging to Boost Engagement and Drive Sales and Copywriting vs. Content Marketing: A Guide to Understanding the Difference Between the Two and Using Both for Maximum Engagement. Her work has been featured at USA Today and Small Biz Daily and she's written for clients like Columbia, LifeLock, eSurance, Anthem Health, USAA, Rev.com, Princess Cruises, and Rodan + Fields, among others.

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