As photographers and creative professionals, our bodies are our business, and long days on our feet and long days at a computer can result in some serious pain, body imbalances, or even injury.
If you’re a creative reading this article, then you know what pain is, in one way shape or form. It can be discouraging and depleting, leave us with fear and anxiety around how we will serve our clients, or even with frustrations around the financial impact taking care of ourselves properly can leave.
However, you won’t be successful in your career if you’re not successful as a human being (i.e. that you are choosing YOU and taking care of yourself), so, here are some suggestions and resources for you to look into to find a self-care solution to make you better for you and better for your clients.
Self-Care Tips for Creative Entrepreneurs
Be conscious of your posture and how you hold your camera.
If you live in a city, consider taking an Uber with your gear instead of the subway.
Stretch and warm up before every shoot to keep your muscles and joints flexible and agile.
Use a Biofreeze patch on your back to help numb pain as a precaution going into a shoot.
Take epsom salt baths regularly to ease muscle tension.
Lay on the floor and elevate your feet after a shoot.
Exercise regularly to maintain a strong core and body.
Eat healthy, nourishing, whole foods and stay hydrated.
Try foam rolling to reduce muscle tension pre and post shoot.
Wear supportive shoes with inserts.
Eat and hydrate before shoots, and make sure you prepare ahead of time with snacks and drinks to bring on set.
Invest in an ergonomic desk chair.
Try blue light glasses.
Meditation can be useful for anxiety, stress, and overall calmness of mind.
Use a Theragun or Hypervolt to help break up fascia and relieve tension.
Wear a wrist brace at night to protect your wrist pre and post shoot.
K-Tape wrists or areas that experience pain and tension.
Consider a personal trainer to help you understand your body and proper form.
Use CBD or THC to help you relax (if it is legal in your state).
Try yoga wheels to help align your back or use tennis balls to relieve trigger points.
Consider a holster for your gear instead of a strap around your neck.
There are are a few things you should keep in mind in terms of what you do day to day to practice self-care. Not only is this important for your mental health, but it will also improve career longevity
How to Practice Self-Care as an Entrepreneur
Get up from your chair and go for a walk or stretch every hour for your body and to relieve your eyes.
Don’t care about what you look like when you’re shooting; move the way you need to to be safe.
Get massages regularly, if you can. Medical massages are common and can be covered by insurance if you find the right place (also, consult with your accountant to see if you can write off massages as a business expense).
Consider visiting a chiropractor or and/or a physical therapist if you have any physical pain.
Be selfish about taking care of yourself and ask for what you need.
Be proactive with your clients and let them know that they will be responsible for carrying what they are supplying to a shoot. You have to carry your gear, props, etc., and they need to carry what they bring.
Clients need to understand that you are valuable and that you need to take care of yourself, so make sure your rates cover your needed recovery time.
Tools and Resources for Self-Care
Take Care of Yourself First
If you don't take care of yourself, you can't take care of your business. Your mental, emotional, and physical needs matter. Plus when you can be the best version of yourself, you also get to bring that to your clients.
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