Productivity Through Illness
The summer flu swept through the Hanna household with full fanfare this month! You know the kind of ick I'm talking about.... you feel fine one night and wake up the next morning in a fog of congestion, and then it all rolls downhill from there. It's going on three weeks now, fighting fever and coughing fits and sneezing attacks and, I imagine, another week or two to go! Because... and here is where I get to the point of this post.... I keep working!
While some might say it's admirable to push through illness, stay productive, get things done, it's also, without at least some moderation, seriously detrimental to recovery. A cold can seem a small thing at its start but, without self-care, can spiral into weeks of congested, sleepless nights. I was a zombie for four straight days and, just when I started to feel human again, I think "Right! Let's do this!" and jump ring back into my list of to-dos. And then a day later my body says "Hey now, you listen here, you will sit still if I have to make you sit still".
And it does.
And if you're in the business of being creative, if you're livelihood depends on your ability to maintain a certain amount of productivity, plan ahead. Reserve work or blog posts or social media posts to share during those days when self-care is a pre-requisite for continued forward momentum and you haven't the energy or will to actively create. And then, when you've scheduled your next blog post and you've shared a piece you made four months ago, take a lay down on the couch, watch a little (or a lot of) Netflix, drink some warm tea and rest. Rest your body. Rest your mind.
Everything else can and should wait.
7/25/2018 10:58:56 am
8/6/2018 06:27:17 am
I am torn right now because I was just laid off, 9/7 will be my last day. YET, I want to spend my time learning to design. But, big BUT... I am the money maker and need to get another full-time job, until I can retire. I look at your work and the others and there are days I actually feel lost and that I will never get there and BAM out comes a piece I am so proud of.
9/11/2018 11:26:30 pm
coudlnt agree more, if i get realy sick and spend a weekend inside on my blackbook creativity also springs out alot more - sometimes its good to have a timeout - getting fresh visions of dainty designs !
7/4/2019 12:40:08 pm
health wiae this has been the year from hell last feb/march l got shingles for 2 months and the pain was overwhelming. l felt like l wanted to die. During this time l was taking care of my son (he was 34) who was having a breakdown and so lost from this physical world. Then in may he committed suicide and l felt like my life was over. l know now l was in shock for months, for a memorial l did an art show for all his photos l could find (he was so talented with the camera). After l did this show the grief hit me and l fell apart for a while. The saving grace was my older sister who makes jewelry and she said l should try it and she shared your name with me. It has helped to keep my focus on creativity and positive things. Then in November l started getting ill again with awful pains in my stomach area after 6 months they figured out l had cellulitis which is like having shingles in the stomach. At night the only thing that kept me going was doing jewelry trying to ride out the pain until l could sleep some. Now l have to do creative projects to not focus on myself and it seems to work. My health is something l always took for granted but not anymore ( l am 61) never dreamed l would be like this but every day l get through is a miracle.
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