Recharge your career, creative success

A fresh perspective... captured on a walk, in Morro Bay.

You’d think that leaving corporate craziness would leave you with plenty of time to relax and recharge. A funny thing happened when I left to start my own business.

Sure, I’m no longer held to someone else’s calendar.  But, I’ve chosen a creative profession – writing, blogging, marketing, coaching are all in some way dependent on expressing yourself authentically. Which brings self-doubt and a plethora of ideas. Which can be energizing or exhausting.

If you choose a career or a way of life that calls for this, you’re going to need more R&R than the standard American two-weeks.

You need everyday replenishment. Because creativity…your sanity…your confidence…your livelihood… depends on stillness.

I’ve learned to squeeze it in as often as I can. I keep it simple. A walk around the  neighborhood typically does the trick. I take my phone for the timer and the camera… but turn the ringer off.  I walk for about 10 minutes, find a place to sit, set my timer for 20, close my eyes and listen to whatever’s going on around me.

It takes at least 10 minutes to tune in. That’s when I notice that my eyes and brow are tense, my breath is shallow, my jaw is tight and my shoulders are still hunched over from sitting with the laptop.  I take a deep breath, soften my eyes, my shoulders and my jaw and simply try to keep it that way for another 10 minutes.

I’ve yet to experience complete thoughtless-ness. Maybe that comes after 30 minutes…  But, inevitably, when the timer dings, the tension in my brow is gone, my breath is more even, I feel lighter and the walk back usually brings a picture-worthy moment.

Regardless, I’m always left with a fresh perspective.

How about you? How do you rest and recharge?

This post is part of the #LetsBlogOff challenge… a bi-monthly exercise in creativity, writing and building relationships with fellow bloggers. Check out everyone else’s response to this week’s challenge, “How do you relax and recharge?” here (and join us next time!)