In 2017 Entertainment Assist conducted a study into the mental health of entertainment industry workers in Australia and the results were pretty horrifying. The rate of suicide was more than double that of the general population. Experiencing moderate to severe anxiety was more than 10 times more likely with a 5 times increase in the chance of experiencing depression. Sleep disorders off the back of irregular work hours and a disconnect from friends and family mixed with pay rates often below the poverty line and it is clear creatives need to take their mental health seriously to thrive in this industry.
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On retreat one of our daily activities is a 3 minute journaling exercise. It’s a simple activity that helps you clear your mind and trigger your creativity. If you have worries, ideas, overwhelm or negative thinking, allow yourself to empty those onto paper.
2. Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation
We know now for sure that these practices work. They dial down our sensitive nervous systems, quieten the monkey mind and also improve our clarity of thought and creativity. For the high adrenal world of the arts, adopting a regular practice to soothe and clear our systems makes the world of difference.
I was that arty kid at school and exercise has always been correlated in my mind with the worst of primary school suffering – being picked last, asthma, fear of the sporty girls and the anxiety of team sports. But exercise is one of the most powerful ways to regulate our mood and improve our over all physical health. Even low impact exercise like walking, yoga and swimming can give you a release of feel good hormones and clear the negativity cobwebs away.
4. Counseling and Mentoring
You don’t have to go it alone. In fact why would you. Resilience and grit are key indicators for success in any industry and even more so the vulnerable and uber competitive world of the arts. Getting on board experts to support you with both the emotional and practical challenges is one of the best investments you can make in your well being and success.
5. Support Networks
According to motivational speaker Jim Rohn, we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with. By surrounding yourself by people making healthy life choices, that inspire and lift you up you are well on the way to improving your mental, physical and creative health.
6. Creating for Fun
Playing creatively is great for mental health. There is a huge bank of study that points to the impact of creativity on releasing feel good hormones, neuroplasticity and problem solving. Don’t forget it was your love of creating that got you here in the first place so make time to play creatively, pressure and bottom line free. On retreat we play in a whole heap of creative zones in order to break down pre-conceived ideas and self generated expectation and just have fun and it really works!
7. Healthy Fuel for Your Body
Artists are drinking themselves to death and poor health outcomes with around 40% of creatives drinking more than the recommended healthy limits. Drug use is also more prevelant. Add to the mix poor nutrition at the hands of strange working hours, inconsistent incomes and life on the road. Fuelling your body with healthy nutrition and cutting out the substance use and abuse plays dividends with both your mental and physical health.
If you could do with a time out to nurture your creativity, health and well being check out our custom retreats. Grab 4 friends and we’ll have you happy, healthy and creating in no time.