Kate Farrell, an executive with WE-tv, has a very healthy routine that keeps her sane:
I work out, do yoga, and spend time with friends. If you spend a lot of time in dark
edit bays it can be draining. The hours are long, you are sitting down, you often work
through lunch. Sometimes in the edit room, I do handstands. When I haven’t been
able to work out, I just tell the editors to stand by – I’m just doing a handstand.
They’re okay. Sometimes they’ll do them with me. It helps if you go out to lunch
together – take a walk.
The important thing for freelancers is to have a generative physical regimen that allows
them to recuperate and recharge, while having practices that allow for endurance, flexibility,
control, and focus. It is also important to build emotional capacity as emphasized in The
Making of a Corporate Athlete. Close relationships are the best antidote for maintaining
and rekindling positive emotions:
Anyone who has enjoyed a happy family reunion or an evening with good friends
know the profound sense of safety and security that these relationships can induce
Such feelings are closely associated with the Ideal Performance State.
Unfortunately, many of the corporate athletes we train believe that in order to perform
up to expectations at work, they have no choice but to stint on their time with loved
ones. We try to reframe the issue. By devoting more time to their most important
relationships and setting clearer boundaries between work and home, we tell our
clients, they will not only derive more satisfaction but will also get the recover that
they need to perform better at work. (Loehr & Schwartz, 2008, p. 56)
With two weeks of vacation a year at a typical job, it is extremely difficult in our culture to
carve out the time and space needed for recharging emotionally, physically, mentally, and
spiritually. One of the prime reasons that prompted these project participants to engage in
freelance work is that it allowed them the time and space to better manage their personal
and professional lives while providing time for reflection and relaxation. Although finding
work on a regular basis is stressful in our culture, there is no doubt that working in
environments where you cannot bring your whole self to work is equally tenuous. These
media workers have carved out a work culture balance that allows them to thrive personally
and professionally. Although the economy has been tough, they are not daunted and
already thinking about their next act.