Being a freelancer, entrepreneur or owning your own business can be liberating and fun but it can also be dead stressful. We talked to Club Workspace members and hosts about how they manage their mental wellbeing.

Freelancing can sometimes make it feel like you're juggling three full-time jobs. If you're starting your own business, some decisions will be mulled over 24/7. If you're self-employed then that next pay cheque is something you may worry about. But at the end of the day, the freedom and creative control you have over your career is totally worth it!

So, how do Club Workspace members stay happy and healthy and set aside time for having fun? We talked to them to find out what they do in their spare time and how they manage their social life alongside their growing business.

New Jersey girl, Jennifer Riggins has just moved to London from Spain. She runs the The Ebranding Ninja offering digital marketing and e-branding services. She’s based at Club Workspace at The Leathermarket.

Find out more at ebranding.ninja

How do you switch off?

I don’t check my emails after 6pm, no exceptions! I also have a ‘do not disturb’ notification on my Slack messaging app which activates at the end of each working day.

How do you relax when you're at Club Workspace? 

I go to the gym near Metal Box Factory. I also wear a FitBit which encourages me to take a walk and move around during the day. I also like to work from the standing desks so I can stretch my legs and move around while on business calls.

And generally? 

Refuel! I enjoy cooking at home to relax or eating out with my partner. When cooking or going out to eat, I will always turn my phone off to detach from social media etc.

Eirik Moseng is a game developer based at the Club Workspace at Cargo Works. Find out more at digiment.co.uk

How do you relax?

I usually take a run around Wimbledon Common. I enjoy walking along the Southbank at lunch to get some fresh air.

How do you switch off? 

I play games, watch movies, take walks, play games with my daughters - anything away from the computer!

Charles Fair is the head of consultancy for PSYT. His team is currently building a mindfulness app that helps both individuals and large corporations, monitor their wellbeing and mindfulness, while working in a busy environment. Find out more at psyt.co.uk

How should you relax?

Eat well and avoid sugary foods. Although it’s tempting at the time, you will be at risk from the dreaded sugar crash. Instead choose fruits, which release natural sugars. This will release energy slowly to help you be more productive. 

Know yourself and know when you are most productive and when you have the afternoon slump.

Charles Fair, PYST

 

Even if you have to work through your lunch, it is important to have short breaks every few hours. The recommended steps to take per day is 10,000. It is better to go to bed early, rather than sleep in over the weekend. This will upset your natural sleep pattern and will make it harder to wake up on Monday. Limit how much you drink as this will upset your sleep pattern.

Engage in activities outside of work. Know yourself and know when you are most productive and when you have the afternoon slump. Feeling tired at 4pm? Schedule in a coffee break.

Club Workspace at Westbourne Studios

 

Joanne Pohl works as a freelance illustrator and creates children’s books:

How do you relax? 

I like to change my environment by moving desk, going to the roof terrace, or going for a short walk. I also find that having a snack or making tea often helps with energy levels.
  
What are some good tips for relaxing around your Club?

I like to exercise and go to the local gym or takes part in classes.

How do you switch off? 

I am a very creative person and I switch off by attending crochet, knitting and life-drawing classes. I am an illustrator by trade and I also enjoy painting and creating abstract art.

Hugh Hammond works in sales for Octer at Kennington Park. Find out more octer.co.uk

How do you relax? 

I like to listen to both classical and study music when I have big projects to work on.

What are some good tips for relaxing around your Club? 

I often go on short 15-minute walks every few hours to energise myself or engage with a work friend.  

How do you switch off? 

I switch off by taking part in a local improvisational group and I also go to the gym after work.

Club Workspace at Vox Studios

 

Katy, a host at Club Workspace Kennington:

How do you relax? 

I take short breaks every few hours. Socialise with clients. Eat well and take advantage of the roof garden at Kennington Park.

What are some good tips for relaxing around Kennington?

Oval is a vibrant area with lots to do. You could join the gym or go to the local rock climbing centre. There’s even a local city farm nearby. It’s important to stimulate your brain in new ways by exploring hidden gems in your local area.

Rozanna at Club

 

 

Rozanna, a host at Club Workspace Leathermarket

How do Club members relax? Any weird and wonderful strategies? 

We’ve got two hammocks in Club London Bridge which are great for switching off and relaxing for a short time. We’ve also got a book exchange table encouraging members to swap books and read in the Club while taking a break.

I have implemented a routine where I stretch and meditate every morning. I also enjoy the gym and extreme sports.

Joanna Pawluk, indaHash

 

We’ve also got a park nearby The Leathermarket which is great for taking a walk in or having lunch in. Sometimes it’s hard to find areas of peace in the busy city and this is one of my favourite spots to chill out at lunchtimes.

How do you switch off? 

I go to the gym regularly and take cardio classes, great for de-stressing! I also enjoy swimming and pilates. Exercise is the key for me. A healthy body = a healthy mind.

Club Workspace at London Bridge

 

Joanna Pawluk is a managing partner at indaHash. Find out more at indahash.com

How do you relax?

I have implemented a routine where I stretch and meditate every morning. I also enjoy the gym and extreme sports. I cook as I find it brings out my creativity.

What are some good tips for relaxing around Club? 

One of the benefits at Club Workspace is that I get to have the flexibility to move across the many venues. I get to work around my own schedule and this keeps me relaxed during my office hours.

Find out more about joining Club Workspace and take advantage of co-working and networking opportunities right across London here. With 17 locations across the capital - each designed for collaborative and mobile working - it's the perfect home for entrepreneurs, freelancers and professionals in London.