Full-time employment offers more than just job security. Compared to part-time or freelance, it is less stressful. You don’t have to worry about health benefits, career advancement or retirement plans.
However, for those in the creative industry, it can lead to stagnation. Your employer might not utilize your skills or challenge you beyond your scope of work. This could have a negative effect on your creativity.
Most in the creative industry feel they need to accomplish more in order to grow their brand and influence. They end up taking more risks by investing their time and money.
This can lead to unhealthy lifestyle habits such as working long hours or overeating. Then, lo and behold, depression! I went through this, it took a lot of medication, counselling, and meditation to get over it. You can imagine the impact it had on my family and friends.
I had to make a decision before it was too late. This meant I had to dedicate at least an hour every day to do the things I love. If I had not done this, I don’t think I would have lasted through the most challenging times as a graphic designer.
It has to be done in stages. Let’s say I want to make a cake for dessert. The first thing I need to do is find recipes, buy ingredients then make it. I found myself doing this during lunch hours while at work. I would spend a few minutes going through dessert recipes from the All Recipes and Delish website. After work, I would go to my favourite grocery store to buy the ingredients. This process is therapeutic for me, it takes my mind off work. If I am successful in preparing the meal, I reward myself with a glass of wine, if not, I would go back to the recipe or contact the author.
Other than cooking, reading a book or meditating helps me relax after work. This has become part of my routine and has dramatically changed my life.
I can’t remember the last time I took migraine pills or drunk a cup of coffee because of my 9-5 job. I am an early riser, this is only possible because I unwind before bed.
If you’re reading this and feel you need to change your habits, start now!
If you think you don’t have the time for such activities then I recommend reading my article on Self-care budget, it is less involving but it will cost you.