But obviously it's not always like that. It's getting harder when there's a deadline on the horizon, and it's getting even harder when there is a few of them. Then, in extreme situations, from my well balanced life it turns rather to workaholic existence with a lot of "fanny hours" spend with my projects.
Yesterday I briefly explained to you what I was doing lately e.g. with Breka. I admitted I needed some rest too and promised to share my tricks for that. So that's the point! We talk about so many different projects in here, why can't we talk about relaxing as well? Everyone needs to recharge the batteries and when you are the creative your relax might slightly differ from the relax of your non-creative friends. It shouldn't surprise you, as it's obvious you work in a diffrent way, it's clear you relax in a different way too.
Having a spare week?
Just go for a holidays!
That's a whole new theme for another time... Do what you love the most, visit your favourite places - monuments, museums (my favourite one is Louisiana Museum of Modern Art near Copenhagen and Museum of Art MS2 in Lodz), art studios, attend to your favorite events - concerts, exhibitions, and have fun!
When you have a whole day or two..
Let yourself thinking that you doesn't need to do anything that day, you doesn't even need to get up if you want! The awareness that you can do what you want (and you can simply do nothing) really helps to enjoy your sleep. It's ok that you overslept till the afternoon, got up two hours late, lounged with your eyes semi closed, had a brunch with your friends and went to bed again. It's really okay. It means that your body (your hand and manual skills will be thankful for that) and your brain needs extra hours of sleep to regenerate. Here you have the scientific explanation Why do we sleep? on Ted and how it helps us to relax. Hmm... I love having those sleepy days!
I do believe that meeting new people opens your mind and can truly inspire you. The question is where can I meet the "proper" people to talk to? And this is what I do - I go for the opening of an exhibition. It's not really important if I like the gallery and the artist or not, if I have a companion to go with or I rather like to do it alone. I go there, enjoy the art , share my reflections with others and ask the others opinion. I love asking questions about the art. Sometimes you find a common language with a stranger, sometimes you don't. But the most important is the interaction and the freshness which always allows you concentrate on your interlocutor, not on your work.
I've never heard about someone for whom it doesn't work. I used to like the jogging but since I had my hip injuried I rather prefer to take yoga classes or workout at home with a little help of BeFiT youtube channel. I like to concentrate on the sport, to sweat, and to push myself to my limits. After that (and a shower of course) I'm like a newborn. It's even better when you do your workout outside - you additionally oxygenate your brain. So choose your favourite workout and just do it!
When it's only one evening/afternoon to take a breath
Take a bath
I love having my bath, with some aromatic oils or salts. I often darken the light and take a glass of wine with me. Calm down your breath, close your eyes, and dip your head under the water. Let the sough relax you! After the bath I always nourish my body with a coconut oil or some cacao balm because I simply just love sweet fragrances and that makes my bath even more enjoyable!
Read a story
With a mask on your face and wearing my favourite bathrobe (the best one is warm, just took out of the tumble dryer) I like to read one of my favourite books. For some of you some favourite magazines might be a better and more chilling option than a book. I'm the person who reads fashion and architecture magazines on a daily basis, searching for news and inspirations, so it doesn't relax me any more. Moreover, I have a few favourite books that I simply like to have in my closest surrounding (most of them on my fingertips from my bed) and I love reading them again and again. Not from cover to cover but one chapter, one paragraph or even one sentence which is to be thought about. The most important is to read a story which interests your mind! (Currently reading "Blue is the New Black" - really great one)
Listen to the music
It might sound mighty trivially cause music is an inseparable element of our everyday lives (and creative process as well!). I listen to my fovorite energetic songs during my morning routine, to the radio when driving to the studio, when working, when spending evening with my other half and so on... But do I really listen to music though? Can I literally hear the music? Or it's just a pleasant background for all my other activities? Yeah... Then, what I totally love to do is to turn off the light, leaving only my bedside lamp and/or aqarium, to close my eyes and to enjoy the sound. Of course for every one of us there is a different kind of music working, for me it's e.g. Gramatik.
And by your truly