There are no words for the way in which the Arts have been stamped on during 2020. Right from the very start of Lockdowns, all the way to the recent remarks about how we should be turning our efforts to new skills and new career ventures. 

The ironic thing amongst it all is that, despite not being allowed to be on stage each night, in the studio creating everyday or expressing our talents in the normal ways in which we did post 2020; as artistic, creative beings, we already have the discipline and initiative to still thrive during a world lockdown. We invented new ways in which we could share our art, stay connected as a community, and more than any other industry- we will come out the other side of 2020 with even more skills under our belt, and more fuel to our artistry.

It is SO important, more than ever right now, to delve deep into Self Care as Artists- to feel worthiness in what we have achieved, despite being left behind and failed by our government. Below I have shared my top 5 self care tips to keep supporting and looking after yourself during the uncertainty of these testing times.

1. Tech Free Time

Yes, that means ALL screens! We have become even more reliant than we could have ever imagined on our devices. For the wellbeing of your mind, and the wellbeing of your physical body- taking time away from Social Media, Blue light screens & Electromagnetic fields is beneficial to mind body & soul! One of my key suggestions is to set a time for each day, turn the screens off, and spend that hour walking in the park, along the seafront, or out in nature. If you are unable to go outside- pick up a book, learn to bake, or spend an hour simply just being, wherever you are.

2. Other Outlets

Having other outlets for our emotions & energy as artists is super important, as our Art form can often become our whole life. Taking the time each week to delve into a different sport, hobby or interest will allow your mind the time to rest, and support you in returning with more clarity & focus to your main passion.

3. Organised Chaos

Balancing a post lockdown life of muggle jobs, starting up new businesses & keeping skills for your actual job up to scratch can be overwhelming! Bringing a tiny bit of planning and organisation to the chaos can really lessen the load. Buy yourself a journal to write down the main things you need to do in the month/week, and then spread the load out evenly- making sure to set aside allocated time for rest & play.

4. Daily Gratitude & Celebration

When you wake up in the morning, before you turn over and reach for your phone, have a diary next to your bed and start the day by writing down 3 things that you are grateful for. Then at the end of the day just before you sleep, turn off your phone and write down 3 wins from the day. This can be something as small as- I went for a walk… but in practicing more gratitude & celebration of the small things, you will start to bring more appreciation for everything you have done each day J

4. Daily Gratitude & Celebration

When you wake up in the morning, before you turn over and reach for your phone, have a diary next to your bed and start the day by writing down 3 things that you are grateful for. Then at the end of the day just before you sleep, turn off your phone and write down 3 wins from the day. This can be something as small as- I went for a walk… but in practicing more gratitude & celebration of the small things, you will start to bring more appreciation for everything you have done each day J

5. Find your Why, and Do Not Stop!

Make sure you are asking yourself why you are doing something, and if it is not for your wellbeing or enjoyment…. STOP!! Find the fun in your craft again! And once the fun is there, do not stop doing those things that make your heart full and your body happy, because these things are your gift to not only yourself but also the world. Whether they know it or not, the world is dependent on artists like us to bring culture, enjoyment, relaxation, fun and a place to escape the reality of our world situation. So let’s keep our souls looked after, our craft fine-tuned & let our art do the speaking for us.

Phoebe Hart is a Professional Dancer turned Yoga Therapy Teacher with a mission to help Transform the way in which Dancers approach their personal wellness within the Arts. 
In her early career Phoebe toured extensively with Richard Alston Dance Company, Lukas Mcfarlane’s UnTitled Dance Company & a number of other independent contemporary dance projects across UK, Sweden, Canada, America and Australia.
Throughout her performance career Phoebe felt an ever growing disconnect in the way in which both mental & physical wellbeing was approached by the industry. This led to her further training in Yoga Therapy, Integrative Nutrition & further study in holistic approaches to training as a professional dancer. 
Phoebe has a passion to support the movement of wellness within the arts, and hopes to continue creating programmes such as TRANSFORM to make a difference in the training, approach & life within the industry.
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film · 21 November 2020 at 6:11 am

A round of applause for your blog post. Really thank you! Awesome. Bunny Neron Franek

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