How to Stay Energized During Long Stretches of Creative Work
When we create we are directly connected to Source energy. Pure, undiluted, deep remembrance of who we are. When you are in the flow, your spirit doesn’t recognize the constraints of time. It’s free, fluid, energizing. It empowers you.
Your body and mind, however, get tired.
So how do you sustain yourself during long stretches of work? When you can’t set a project aside for a few days, when you must show up on set, when the deadline looms?
Basic Tips to Keep You Going ( we’ll explore more in-depth ones below):
- Recognize and acknowledge that you will get tired. Don’t waste energy insisting that you’re not.
- Take breaks. But don’t work through your break! Do something different, even for a few minutes. The change will give relief.
- Eat. Your body needs energy. Healthy energy.
- Drink water.
- Walk away, close your eyes, breathe.
- Go into your spirit.
Advanced Tips to Deal with What’s Really Going On
All of this is essential to well-being. But when you’ve been in the business long enough, you probably find that you run out of energy around specific issues.
A tough emotional scene. A character who won’t tell you what you need to know. An area that you need to express but just can’t get quite right.
Your body, mind AND spirit wear thin…and you have to find a way to work through it, because other people are counting on you. No one else can help you out of it. Here are some things to consider:
- It’s spiritual and it has to do with you. Our work is part us, part other. When we stumble up against it, it’s usually about us. So look inside. Your spirit isn’t always ready to embrace what you ask of it in your work. You may have your own issues with what you need to do. Recognize that it’s okay and separate yourself from the work. You are part of the work, but the work is not you. The work flows through you. Make an agreement with your spirit to let it flow through you.
- If you’re having a tough time or something touches you deeply. Stop. Let it touch you. Sometimes our deepest work comes out of our own emotional reaction to what we are creating.
- Remind yourself why your work matters. You do know it matters, right? You wouldn’t be doing it if it didn’t. Work has to be meaningful to you before it can matter to anyone else. Remember why you are an artist. Why this project matters. The good that you do.
- Breathe, meditate, pray. Ask Source for help. You’ll get it.
When You Need to Walk Away
You may come to your work from a place that is unfocused, something has disturbed you, you’re off-center. It’s not the work at all, it’s your life or some unkindness you have experienced. You may not even know what’s bothering you, but you just can’t get into the work.
If walking away from the work is possible, do it. Tend to your spirit first. Refind your center. You and your colleagues will be grateful that you did.
If you can’t walk away, then acknowledge where this energy is coming from. You’re a person first, an artist second. Tend to your spirit.
Trust the Tides – It May Not Be You at All
You may be in a position working alone in your studio or at your computer. You know you should work. But you just can’t get into it. This is where you need to trust the ebb and flow of creative tides. Sometimes it’s not about you at all. Sometimes the work needs you to wait. Sometimes a character’s not ready. Sometimes the Universe needs time to give you a different thought. Learn to trust your creative energy and what it needs from you.
I’ve had times where illness, an unexpected delay, or lack of motivation has produced creative ideas and thoughts that would never have happened if I hadn’t been sidelined. So pay attention and look underneath.
Energy is about connection and staying balanced with rest, play and downtime. Listen to your spirit.