I make all my kids do quiet time in the middle of the day as well as myself. I sit down…and it cannot be in front of the computer. I sit down with my book or to take a cat nap or to watch an episode of Downton Abby. If I miss quiet time then I am a bear at the end of my day. I need to recharge and us introverts do that by being alone & quiet. I go to my safe spot, my white room.
I think it is really important to quiet our minds as a creative people. I work/paint hard on the weekends because that is the time that my DH is here and can help with the kids. Hard. I know when it’s time to stop when I can’t really think clearly and see where I’m going with the next project. My eyes start getting a bit fuzzy and so does my brain. Things just need to marinate in there a while before becoming clear.
It really works too. I come back a few hours later or the next day and I know what I’m doing. I’ve allowed my brain to rest, think about other things and then typically, I end up dreaming about painting and things become clear. I mostly dream about projects or the reoccurring nightmare that I’ve missed history class for the entire semester and I’m not going to graduate!
The creative process is just that, a process. You can’t force it or it will become that dreaded word…WORK! In fact, I’ve noticed that if I try to finish something up and plow through my dizzy-brain I make mistakes that I have to remedy in the morning. And that is just frustrating and like working backwards.
There is no shame in taking a break and resting your brain and your limbs. In fact, it is healthy for this kind of work. It will make you more productive and energetic. Your ideas will flow a bit more easily after rest. It reminds me of writer’s block. Walk away for a bit because joy comes in the morning.
Ollie needs quite a few naps in his day.