How to Relax and Improve Your Creativity
We may be maestros in the studio, but when we encounter stressful days, sleepless nights, or sore backs – we’re at a loss. Being artistically productive is never as easy or enjoyable when we’re run down, but the solution, how to relax, is simple. Bringing a bit more balance and self-care to each day can be the trick to overcoming the many distractions that can impact our ability to effectively create.
Here are 4 options for experiencing the art of relaxation on a daily basis, so you can return to the “drawing board” revived, refreshed, and ready to make things.
Calm your Mind
Perch somewhere comfortable, become still enough to hear yourself breathing, and allow your mind to clear, even if only for a few minutes. You don’t have to follow any particular meditation practice, but quieting your mind in the form that works best for you will put you back in touch with your sub-conscious intuition, and will help you be more peaceful and productive when you get back to work.
Move your Body
Shake off moments of stagnancy with interludes of brisk movement. Whether you’re strolling, swimming, downward-facing-dogging, or tearing up the treadmill, getting your circulation pumping will get your colorful ideas flowing. Being physically active might not conjure up images of relaxation, but staying active and grounded in your body in some way will awaken your senses and help you stay energized and focused.
Go to Nature
As Santa Cruz locals, we’re lucky enough to live in a magnificent environment that restores as much as it stimulates. When your work has hit a wall, get yourself outside. Take a mini retreat somewhere familiar or new – whether it’s the forest, ocean, a vast panorama or a tranquil garden. Leave to-do lists, projects, and phones behind, and soak up all the sights, scents, and sounds from the great outdoors.
Get a Massage
One of the best ways to relax is by indulging in a rejuvenating body treatment. It doesn’t matter if you already have your favorite masseuse on speed-dial, infrared sauna is a weekly habit, or you prefer hot tubs to back rubs. Whatever your preference, doing something regularly to work out the knots will reduce stress and promote wellbeing. Both your adrenals and artwork will benefit from it.
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