I...uh, to put this bluntly...am I mess right now. As I am constantly telling everyone, I am self employed. Yay! Yay? The past year has been chaotic. Annoyingly, it’s good reasons - it’s that I have made some big moves in my self-started career and am suddenly being bombarded with opportunities. I went from very regimented and good at keeping a schedule to working all day and night everyday and night with no schedule or days off. Which...um, let’s just say that’s becoming unsustainable.
Without going into too much detail, basically I am an artist/illustrator that got a couple big breaks on doing some kids’ books last year - something I’ve always wanted to do - and now the work is flooding at me. Which is good. Buttt....it has been tough for me to handle. There has been a little bit of a learning curve, especially because they are very long projects where you don’t usually get paid IMMEDIATELY and so it can be a test of endurance. The thing is, to make money as an artist or illustrator, you have to be efficient and take on a lot of work. I’m getting more efficient, but as I get more efficient I keep filling that space with work. As I build my reputation and portfolio, I’ll be able to start charging more money and hopefully take on less work or hire an assistant. But...that’s not now.
Long story short, I have no choice but to take on a huge workload in order to make all my dreams come true. I need to be more efficient about everything - my work, my social life, my marriage, and also my de-stressing. I mean, I know there’s lots of self care type shit I can do (and I do plenty of it) but I really just want to know what everyone’s go-to.
TL;DR - fix me I’m bad at managing my stress.