Friday, March 31, 2017

6 Basics Tips for Preserving Your Energy as a Creative Entrepreneur: Personal Care

Do you ever feel like you can't do a single thing more with your work because your energy is depleted? Or worse, out of ideas? Have you ever found yourself unable to focus, instead clicking down the internet rabbit hole for hours? You may have accidentally depleted your well of creativity. Like any other part of your body it must be cared for and nourished. There are many techniques for healing creativity but I wanted to focus on the basics I've learned not to neglect the hard way during these busy start-up hour times for me!

1. Stay Well-Fed and Hydrated, make it a PRIORITY!

I cook my meals for the day ahead of time (simple one-pot stuff) and make sure I have enough for the work day when I leave. I have it pre-portioned so I can nibble every 2 hours to keep my metabolism (energy!) revved up. I drink lots of water between meals. As for sleep, I

2. Also make SLEEP a PRIORITY!

I open my store at 1pm so I can SLEEP as late as I want. I also keep my phone far away in the living room so it can't wake me, NO call is so important that it should interrupt my sleep. The emergency will still be there when I wake up! As someone with anxiety-related sleep issues (I'm learning my nervous system is hyperactive so when I have something exciting coming up the next day I won't sleep and adrenaline will keep me running full speed for a while the next day, aah!) I know the study that hypothesizes lack of sleep impairment is on par with being drunk is true! I have certainly been so tired that doing normal things like standing and tying my shoe laces is challenging. Protect your sleep, don't work into the night, you will be more productive because you will have been coordination and cognitive function the next day!

Kawaii little lunches throughout the day, balanced carb/fruit/protein ratio, thanks personal trainer boyfriend for making me keep that in mind >:P haha

3. Use Your Intuition and SAY NO, if Something Feels Remotely Wrong, Don't Do It

When you run a successful creative business people will come asking for things left and right. This is good, it shows you're growing and getting yourself out there. Creative can be kind and sensitive making it hard to say No, myself included. But I've learned to protect my energy, we have a finite amount, you cannot say yes to everyone and every opportunity. Protect your energy first and foremost, if you want to do something but a voice somewhere is saying it's a bad idea, just DON'T.

4. Stick as strictly to your work hours as possible

This one is hard! Sometimes you have a deadline and have NO choice but to work. Other times you're so crazy inspired you're tempted to use that creative energy and go with the flow. I urge you though to just write down the inspiration and to-dos it requires and get to it the next work day. There's lots of evidence to suggest humans work better in shorter, harder creative bursts. Stick to your work hours so you can make time for the next important energy-regenerator.

My retreat in the treeees, I can't wait to get back to The Hostel in the Forest every the moment I leave it. 

5. Schedule lots of fun trips, outdoor time, and recharging time with friends

Creatives recharge with outside stimuli and new adventures. Schedule something new and fun at LEAST weekly. It could a new local museum show, a road trip, whatever it is, go enjoy it and get that creative energy recharged!

6. Exercise, move 'til you sweat daily

I HATE the gym I will confess. Dragging myself there sucks. There first 10 minutes or so sucks.  But you get an energy rush that'll last all day and feel SO much better when you get it over with. The endorphins give you a creative high! Plus, it just makes you feel healthier and more accomplished overall. Switch it up to keep your easily-bored ADD brain happy. I do weight lifting, cycling, yoga (when I wake up early enough!) calisthenics, jogging and even some basketball. The first couple months of the shop opening I worked too much and didn't hit the gym and I definitely felt that decrease in energy, do it to keep that circulation going and keep it fun!

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All of this may seem like common sense for non workaholics but it's always nice to have a reminder. The 5 tips above are your bare bones essentials for keeping your creative energy going strong. Of course expect more specific and detailed exercises in the future!

I'm sure I left out plenty of basics, do you have anything to share on how you preserve your creative energy and stay inspired and productive? Do let me know in the comments.
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  1. Another blog post chock full of great info, Vanessa:) Even though many of these tips we should inherently know, it is nice to be reminded that's ok to say no, and that it's ok to have me-time. In this fast-paced world, it almost seems weird when someone just wants to relax, but it something we need physically and mentally.
    Have a lovely weekend!
    PS I've said this before, but man....that Hostel In The Forest really is such an awesome place to stay in!

    1. I need the hostel right now and always, haha :D Yeah looking back it's all common sense but I have problems with it and in my work as an herbalist I keep meeting people with the same issues.

  2. Great tips! Sleeping and eating well are my priorities. If I am lacking in either, I am a mess. I have found going to bed at the same time and waking at the same time each day helps. If I don't have the energy for doing something in particular, I move onto something else and come back to that task when I feel re-energized. There is always a check list to work on!

    1. So true, the adrenals are best healed when we go to bed and wake up at the same time daily. Its hard for me because my boyfriend works nights and wakes me up when he gets in, but I'm determined to get there.

    2. Ur, when he gets in at 1ish-4ish am that is.

  3. Nice pictures Vanessa. Love your hostel in the Forest. I don't have the creativity to make and sell things. Still, your tips are good for anybody.

    1. Glad they help, common sense though they may be ;)

  4. Sound advice, Vanessa! I can certainly use more sleep. I'm totally exhausted from this past weekend. Luckily my creativity hasn't suffered yet ;-)

    1. I bet you are, expos can suck your energy dry! I'm glad it hasn't affected your creativity.

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