*This post contains adult language.
Creative people are crazy ass hard working people. Usually people in the field of arts and creativity have a huge passion and interest in what they do, so they have no difficulties in spending all of their time doing what they love. Work, play, create.
Creative people still do burn out.
I don't think that a creative job or artistic work can be structured in the same way as a "typical" job. Apologize me for trying to find the right words - they are not meant to be offending in any means. But OK, let's zoom down to this.
First, let's talk about performing.
Being on the stage is actually a huge performance for the body and mind. Why is it that it feels so amazing and feels like I CAN FLY!?!? More adrenalin is running in your system to help you be more alert, more ready and in the highest possible state of your presence. And not even talking about all of your other hormones and systems in your body. You are at the extreme of your capacity. Probably all kinds of feeling-good-hormones are giving you ecstatic feelings - it's something you get kinda hooked to. And that's ok. It's kind of like being high without drugs or alcohol.
What happens after this kind of event? It is very much possible that you can't exactly go right back to bed after it. Your body and mind need some downshifting from this highly active state. Your body has sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems - the other one takes care of you if you need some extra energy (fight or flight) and the other one aids you in resting and slowing down. They are supposed to work hand in hand, together - not other one overriding the other.
So basically the parasympathetic nervous system needs to activated to recover after this kind of performance. Sympathetic nervous system activates in events of stress, danger - when you need to be highly alert. If this balancing doesn't happen, it can result for example as difficulties to fall asleep and overactive mind. Not to talk about other challenges often included in performing: traveling, waiting for long time, time differences, "surprises" on the road etc.
Creative projects themselves also include all kinds of euphoria and flow-states. Think about being swayed with inspiration….for days, weeks, months? Even if the working itself can be slow-paced it still does take a huge amount of focus and spiritual "effort". Being grounded is SUPER DUPER important not to get all lost in the head-land.
I've once been told after a big concert, which was a culmination of month's deep creative work, that I should've been at a lesson next morning. SO, you might guess that I wasn't. I was quite beat. The day of the concert was quite rough. You learn as you go to do things more easy, but it still takes it toll. I kinda got this impression that I shouldn't get all washed away with my wishy-washy projects and should keep up to my responsibilities like a good little girl in this world needs to.
And that is such big bullshit!
What happens if we don't take any time to recover from creating or performing?
Let me list a few things.
First you might just get tired.
Then you get cranky and have mood swings.
Probably insomnia and difficulties to sleep, calm the mind.
You get sick more often. And those fucking flus won't go away (sound familiar?)
You are more prone to injuries.
You start to forget things.
You don't feel like seeing people anymore.
You get a burn out.
So, I can't address this strongly enough. You might cope a few projects without rest but not a life time.
THERE NEEDS TO BE A TIME FOR RECOVERING AFTER CREATIVE PROJECTS / PERFORMING.
Preferably every single time! We can't really run away from the nature of life. We can learn so much from the cycles of the nature. Moon grows and ebbs. There is life and death. After any project, show or period of shows there can be feelings of emptiness, tiredness, sorrow. We need to allow time for recovering, reflecting and pausing, to rejuvenate your body, mind and spirit.
So if you do tackle with work, school, obligations - please schedule your life so that you can have a day for recovering after a performance. And a longer period after a tour. Plan your rest. Plan your recovering. And if there is a period of having a lot of shows intensively there obviously needs to be ways to downshift in between. Do something totally different. You can get back to stuff later. Be it your creative work or then something else.
It is so not sexy to fuck your health for over-working.
It's not like the world is gonna crash if you're not running like a crazy monkey all the time. You don't need to be a zing-zong social extrovert successful executor never resting God of Creation who has no human needs. You don't need to be creating or practicing all the time. You don't need to work every single weekday (yes you can take a recovery day in the middle of the week). You don't need to say Yes Yes Yes to every obligation.
Learn to plan your schedule in a way that supports your wellbeing. Learn to notice what are the things that demand a lot of energy. It's possible to crash even doing the things you love. And because we don't want to do that, we want to learn how to dance with the balance of play and rest.
I don't care about how important it might be to do this and that and go here and there and be efficient and be good etc yadiya. It's not a cause of celebration if you override your system and then there's no use of you for months. Maybe for years. It is so not unethically selfish to take care of yourself. We need you to do that to be able to give your best in the world.
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