Working in an artistic field can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience. However, it does come with its own set of unique challenges and pressures that the average person may not be familiar with. One of these is maintaining your mental health as well as your physical health. This blog post will explore some different ways that you can stay healthy for both your body and mind!
Take a break
It can be easy to get wrapped up in your work and spend hours upon hours hunched over a desk or studio. However, it’s important to take regular breaks to give your eyes and body a rest. Get up and move around every hour or so, even if it’s just for a few minutes. This will help keep you energized and focused.
Also, be sure to take some time for yourself every day. Relax and do something that you enjoy, whether it’s reading a book, going for a walk, or watching your favorite show. This will help you recharge and come back to your work refreshed.
“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.” – Emile Zola
Do some exercises
Maintaining a healthy body is just as important as maintaining a healthy mind. Exercise releases endorphins which can help improve your mood and energy levels. It’s also great for stress relief!
There are plenty of exercises that you can do either at home or in the studio. Yoga and Pilates are both excellent options, but any form of exercise will help. Just be sure to find something that you enjoy and stick with it!
“I cannot change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” -Jimmy Dean
Taking care of your physical health also means taking care of what you eat. A diet that’s high in sugar, sodium and fat can cause a number of problems such as weight gain or fatigue. Even if you’re not following a strict dietary plan, try to cut back on the junk food and reach for more fruits and vegetables instead!
“Don’t work for food, make the food to work for you.” – Joe Cross
Relax and have fun
Working as an artist can be very rewarding, but it’s important to take a step back and enjoy life outside of work. Having fun is just as important as working hard! Make time for friends and family, go on vacation whenever you have the chance, or do something that makes you happy every day if possible. This will help energize you and make you more productive when it comes time to get back to work.
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein
Stay healthy, both physically and mentally, by following these tips! It can be difficult at times but it’s definitely worth the effort. Remember to take a break every once in a while and make sure to have some fun! Wishing you all the best in your artistic pursuits. 🙂
Charles Jimenez is a self-taught artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He specializes in outdoor creations and has created many murals and other pieces of art that represent landmarks around the world. His work includes both commissioned and non commissioned projects.