Self-Care for Creatives

Self-Care for creatives  \selfˈker fawr kree-ey-tivs\ n: the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own creative well-being and happiness, in particular during periods of stress.

What is self-care?

While the description above encompasses self-care in 2020 quite well, I want to go more into depth. You have most likely heard someone claiming “self-care” when eating a whole tub of ice cream or downing an entire bottle of wine. Sure, doing that can lead to some fun times, it’s not really self-care. True self-care not only satisfies you in the moment, but it also helps you in the future, either mentally, physically, emotionally, or a combination of the three. 

As an example, you’ve had a really stressful day and you’re about to spend the evening binging Netflix with a bowl of ice cream. After scrolling for a bit, you decide to start re-watching The Office for the eight time. Just before you start the start your first episode, you get a text from your friend asking if you would like to join them for a yoga class. You now have a choice. You could decide to stay in and enjoy your ice cream while you’ll feel sluggish in the morning. Or, you can go to the yoga class, hang out with your friend, and strengthen your body.

Why should you practice self-care for creatives

Many creatives find it difficult to end their work days or leave their work in the office, ideas for their next project plaguing them well into the evening. While it might not seem like a bad thing to be so in love with your work that you’re always thinking of ways to improve your craft, it actually adds more stress into your life. Instead of letting your creative endeavors fill your every waking moment, especially if you’re making money from them, it is important for the mind to take a break. Doing so will allow your mind to be sharper and more aware the next time to sit down to work.

How to practice self-care

The best way to practice self-care, at least in my opinion, is to make it a habit. Doing so will allow your mind to switch from a working mindset to a relaxing one. Below are lists to give you ideas on different ways to relax at a few varying degrees of regularity.

Every day self-care for creatives

Here’s a small list of ways you can practice self-care every day to get you started.

  • Washing your face in the morning
  • Prepping your meals for a week
  • Organizing your desk
  • Deep cleaning your room/house
  • Drinking more water
  • Taking a walk/exercising
  • Talking with friends/family
  • Meditating
  • Journaling
  • Taking a bath
  • Reading a book
  • Listening to a podcast
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Monthly self-care for creatives

Want to have something to look forward to when you’re struggling through a tough project? Try some of these ideas.

  • Buying a candle
  • Starting a new journal
  • getting a new planner and/or pens
  • Trying a new restaurant

Special occasion self-care for creatives

Are you finally caught up on all your work and no longer buried in stress? You have earned one of these!

  • Massage
  • Getting a new hairstyle
  • Vacation
  • New pair of shoes/outfit

Final thoughts

Hopefully you have a greater understanding of self-care and different ways to implement it into your daily routine. It may take a while for your self-care to become a habit or make a difference in your level of stress, but as you continue to take care of your body and mind, you’ll start to notice that your mind is a little sharper and you get a little less distracted during the day.