We creative entrepreneurs tend to be stressed creatures. I mean, we have every right to be, right? Families, businesses we run ourselves, trying to make a living (and supporting our families) doing something completely nontraditional, developing killer content, and juggling it all. Now, with the holidays coming, it's only going to get more stressful.
But, I think that as creatives we also have the ability to deal with stress. We're creatives. Let's get creative with dealing with our stress to.
First, a note. I will be the first to admit that I am not – by any means – the queen of dealing with stress. When I'm stressed I clench my jaws, and sometimes only a cocktail can loosen them. But, I have developed a couple of [non-kidney-harming] ways that I like to deal with my stress.
1. Go take a shower. Or go for a walk.
I have a really bad habit of getting out of bed or leaving the breakfast table and heading straight to the computer. Next thing I know it's 2:30 and I haven't showered. I probably haven't even put pants on. My email may have been tackled, but my humanity hasn't.
For me, taking a hot shower with music blaring (uninterrupted by Cute Kid, if possible) is how I deal with daily stress. It may not be followed with getting properly dolled up, but taking a few moments for "me" time helps with the daily grind.
Taking a walk is good for this, too.
2. Develop a weekly stress free zone.
For me, I can always count on Tuesday nights to be stress- (and work-) free. Tuesday nights are New Girl nights, when my pal Mikey comes over, we Skype La in Austin, eat cupcakes, and watch New Girl. Period.
Having a time each week where you know you'll be enjoying yourself thoroughly in a non-work related capacity can do wonders for you all week, because you always know it's coming.
3. Go out to dinner.
Working 8-hour (or more) days and then dealing with dinner is occasionally a bit too much for me to handle. David has been a wonderful stay-at-home daddy as of late, but (and he'll be the first to admit) edible food is not his forté, unless you plop it out of a can. And even then, the dishes! Sometimes I say, "screw domesticity!" and order pizza. Or go to the mexican place, again.
There's something tremendous to be said about just allowing someone to wait on you. Tip nicely.
4. Talk to a friend.
I've mentioned before about how much I love having creative pals around the country that I can chat with throughout the day. For me, scheduling a couple of chats a week is imperative. Sometimes they're inspiring, sometimes you just sit and bitch at each other about daily nonsense. Whatever it is, it helps.
Working alone in itself can be a bit stressful, but knowing someone is going through it too, and can offer up advice or just lend an ear, is sometimes all the stress-relieving I need.
In the end, it's just about management, letting go of the small stuff, knowing your worth, and getting shit done. Whether that "shit" be finally making that manicure appointment or answering that email that's been lingering in your inbox for far too long, dealing with stress is all about moving forward.
For me, today, it's about a bike ride with David, emptying my inbox, and then cupcakes, friends, and New Girl.
What about you? How do you deal with stress?