Where are my creative types? I’m talking to the writers, the dancers, the painters, the musicians, the actors, the crafters, the photographers, all of you!
You need to know: your wellness habits (or lack of!) are affecting your creative pursuits!
How do I know this? Because I’m you!
I’m a creative. Growing up, dance and music were huge components of my life. These days, I write fiction novels and do freelance choreography.
I have big dreams when it comes to my creative passions. But there was a time when I let burnout get in the way of that. You can read all about that here.
After my burnout, I realized that nothing works if you don’t take care of yourself, if you don’t perform self-care, and if you don’t address your overall wellness.
Here’s how your poor wellness habits are affecting your creative pursuits.
They’re making you too sick to pursue your creative goals.
Personal wellness has to do with the basic things like getting a good night’s sleep, eating to fuel yourself, and so on. These things prevent you from getting run down and sick. And when you’re sick, you can’t work on your craft. Sure, you can push through that cold, even that flu, but imagine how much easier the work would be and how much faster you’d be going if you weren’t sick in the first place? That’s where self-care (AKA maintenance!) comes in.
They’re not providing you with the energy you need.
Time spent in stillness or rest is not time wasted. Now, I know that that’s easy to say and hard to put into practice, especially if you’ve got a 9-5, plus chores, and family commitments, and then you want to add your creative goals on top of that! But part of wellness is giving yourself the time to rest so you can refuel yourself and build those energy levels back up.
You should also be including activities in your wellness routines that (even if they’re not restful) provide you with energy! For me, that looks like spending time with people I care about, getting outside, visiting museums, playing the piano, etc. Make time for the things that fill you up instead of draining your energy!
They’re inhibiting your happiness, which in turn inhibits your inspiration.
When you’re not well (whether that means over-stressed, burnt out, ill, over-tired, overworked, etc), you’re not happy. The reason this matters is that a) why would you want to live a life in which you’re regularly unhappy?? and b) your happiness is likely tied in with your inspiration and creativity. I know I find it really difficult to work on a creative project when I’m unhappy and unwell. Let’s get to the heart of the problem so that creative energy can flow freely!
- Things People Forget Are Important for Self-Care
- How Do You Know You’re Over-Stressed and Over-Committed?
How can you fix these problems? You can pick up a copy of the Self-Care Workbook to get you started.
Or you can find a buddy to help you along your journey.
Coaching by See Heather Smile is a service I offer to creatives to help them optimize their self-care and wellness habits so they can better pursue their creative goals!
This is for creatives who feel they would benefit from having someone in their corner, someone they’re accountable to, someone unbiased, someone to talk to.
If you’re curious about hiring a coach to help you address your wellness habits, just click here!
I’ve been so passionate about self-care ever since I experienced burnout and I KNOW how much it affects daily life and creative goals.
Take care of yourselves out there! And enjoy the journey.