We all know this. You sit down to edit a batch of images thinking it will take one hour…four hours later, you are standing up and FEEL it!
Here are a few tips to guide you through the demanding workload at the close of the year:
ERGONOMICS & BREAKS
Invest in Ergonomic Accessories: Consider ergonomic accessories for your workspace, such as a stability ball or an active sitting chair. These alternatives engage your core muscles, promote better posture, and contribute to overall improved fitness while sitting.
Set a timer to remind yourself to stand up and move every 30 minutes. Simple stretches, short walks, or even standing while taking phone calls can help prevent stiffness and improve circulation.
If you encounter difficulties with a specific image, take a break. Shift your attention to another project for a while and allow some time before revisiting the challenging image. More often than not, stepping away briefly can provide a fresh perspective when you come back!
If you meditate on a regular basis, add 5 minutes to your usual practice during busy times. There are great meditation apps you can use that are very helpful (you can search for 10-minute guided meditation, 15-minute, etc.)
If you have never meditated before, it is the right time to start!
Meditation helps with concentration. It is known to reduce stress levels and promote emotional well-being, enabling us to navigate the demands of our profession with greater resilience.
Allowing the mind to wander freely can spark creativity and help us think outside the box. It fosters patience and a broader perspective, helping us appreciate the process and find calm.
Maintaining physical fitness is essential to sustain a demanding and dynamic profession. It not only prevents injuries but also enhances our overall well-being, allowing us to perform at our best during shoots and maintain the longevity of our careers.
Strengthening your core and muscles is crucial for photographers who often carry heavy equipment and spend extended periods holding cameras. A strong core provides stability, reduces the risk of injuries, and enhances overall endurance, allowing you to handle your gear with ease: A couple of dumbbells, a mat, and a solid routine will help you maintain your best physical fitness!
Happy shooting and editing and take good care of yourself!