The art world never sleeps. No, seriously, it doesn’t. This world is global, while you’re leaving the office, your colleague on the other side of the planet will be busy closing a sale as you’re on your way to a private view. Our calendars are always busy, events run way too late and we’re luck if we see our friends once a month. On top of all that, many of us have our own side-hustle projects too, meaning that sleep often seems like a mythical unattainable concept. So, it should come as no surprise that art world burn out is a thing. And, while it’s common, there are lots of ways to prevent it. Want to know how? Read on!
Try To Stick To A Schedule, And Be Strict About It
There is a reason that most office workers work 9 to 5. Routine is good for us. If you work within an office, try to stick to these hours, and also schedule some activities after work and on the weekend. The routine will help you relax and also give you something to look forward to. If you’re freelance or work from home, then you have to be ultra strict. The urge to start working in bed at 8am in your pyjamas is often hard to fight, but if you break that habit, you’ll be a hell of a lot happier!
Factor In Some Down Time
What do you do when you finish work for the day? Do you constantly check your phone for emails? If so, stop! Chill out, spend time with your friends, or just watch some trash TV, you’ll feel 100 times better for it.
Start Saying No
You can’t physically go to every opening or party out there, especially if you live in a big city. It’s OK to say no sometimes, in most instances, you can always catch whatever it is you turned down at a later date. Be easy on yourself.
Take A Vacation That Doesn’t Involve Art
This one is super important. How many art guys and girls have booked a holiday around the art that they might catch on their vacation? Sometimes it’s good to have a complete art detox to allow ourselves to recharge and reset. Honestly, it’s OK to take a real break. (Promise!)
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“I get unhappy doing things that I’m not passionate about. Because I feel like I’m squandering this incredible gift I’ve been given to finance films. As soon as my name alone was enough to make this happen, I vowed to myself that I was going to work with directors who were changing cinema, doing something important, you know? This goes back to when I was a teenager, feverishly watching movies like Taxi Driver and Apocalypse Now and saying to myself, someday, I’m going to be a part of films like this.” – Leonardo DiCaprio
The art world often leaves us so busy that we don’t even have time to exercise. With events happening seemingly everyday, all thoughts of a gym membership can easily be thrown out of the window. That said, try to factor in at least a couple of hours a week to get outside. Even a long walk will do you some good.
We’re sure you love your art world job, but does it make you laugh? Does it make you dance? It’s important to factor in some giggle time with your friends. Go out for dinner, go clubbing, go bowling. Whatever it is that makes you smile, treat yourself once in a while!
Text Lizzy Vartanian