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Wellness for Makers: Strengthening Tips for the Busy Creative

Wellness for Makers: Strengthening Tips for the Busy Creative

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When we think of strengthening, we often think of weight-training at the gym. The idea of committing to that kind of routine can be intimidating, but when we think of “strength” as it relates to the health of our hands, eyes, or businesses, it becomes a lot more accessible.

Strengthen your hands.

Your dominant hand and wrist get a lot of extra exercise from everyday activities. Brushing your teeth, holding your phone, and sipping your favorite beverage may not seem like a lot of muscular activity, but it all adds up. Challenge yourself by consciously alternating the roles of your hands, and stretching them, throughout the day! This simple change will build strength in your non-dominant hand.

Strengthen your vision.

Felix Gray engineered anti-glare, blue light filtering computer/phone glasses with designers in mind. Photo from Felix Gray

Are you on your computer, phone, or tablet for extended periods of time throughout the day? There are a few things you can do to mitigate the eye strains that can be caused by heavy computer and phone use.

Start by eliminating the blue light from your screens as much as possible in the later part of the day. You can do this by wearing prescription or non-prescription glasses that filter out blue light (Felix Gray has a lot of options), installing a program like Flux onto your computer or phone, or adjusting the built-in settings on your phone (iPhones have a built-in feature called Night Shift that does this).

We spend so much time indoors looking at screens that our eyes don’t get to practice looking at things that are far away. Take breaks and step outside! Go for a walk and allow yourself to focus on things that are off in the distance. This not only gives your eyes a break, it’s also a chance to refresh your mind! Can’t get outside? Look out the nearest window and take a few moments to stare at something far away.

Strengthen your relationship with money.

We’re often afraid to talk about our relationship with money, and it isn’t always considered to be part of our well-being. I’ve been learning a lot about this topic over the past few months and I believe that the way you think about your relationship with money matters a lot. I recently listened to the hilarious audio book “You are a Badass at Making Money” by Jenn Sincero. In the book, Sincero truly crystallizes the concept that financial abundance is ‘an inside job’. She starts from the premise that strengthening your relationship with money begins with your mindset. Sincero gets serious about helping you identify your particular limiting beliefs surrounding money.

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As you go throughout your day, I invite you to consider what strength means to you and how you can use it to cultivate a healthier mindset!

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The mission of Wellness for Makers is to motivate and empower artists through education and mindful living. Wellness for Makers was created to make self-care, stretching, and massage techniques more accessible to artists everywhere. We strive to make it easy to find good resources, including interviews, articles, videos, and links to valuable organizations. Our workshops provide hands-on training in stretching and massage techniques that are easy to incorporate into an artist’s daily studio routine. These techniques are designed to help boost energy levels, alleviate pain, reduce the risk of injury, and improve posture. We collaborate with artists who have professional backgrounds in yoga, ergonomics, massage therapy, occupational therapy, and more, to provide a range of perspectives. We believe that by working together as a community, we can create more productive and sustainable studio practices that improve the longevity of our hands and bodies.


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