Self Care For Introverted Artists In Business
Setting boundaries is so important as a creative business owner, but it’s especially important if you are an introverted artist in business!
You pour yourself into every area of your work…creativity, customer service, socializing on social media, shipping, emails, etc. AND…since you love doing this so much and are so passionate about it, you will be tempted to over do it and work on it all day every day!
Believe me…I know! I’ve been there and done that 🙂 I am guilty of forgetting to eat, spending all day in my studio to the neglect of my own health and family, not exercising enough, and not getting enough rest.
You have to make time to refill because without YOU there is no business!
On top of all the excitement and temptation to work, work, work, is also the constant contact with people. As an introvert myself, I’ve found that even though I’m alone in my studio working or sitting by myself at my laptop…I’m not really alone. There are messages, emails, newsfeeds, and more! You don’t have to be in a big crowd of people in person to feel the effects of socialization…you can be in a big virtual crowd of online noise. Please don’t misunderstand, though. I love my customers and clients! I am blessed by their messages, orders, and contacts, but alone time is necessary for me to recharge. I’ve found that if I want to be in this business for the long term, it’s really important for me to unplug.
To help myself stay creative, energized, and refilled, I’ve learned to set some boundaries with social media and the online work that I do.
4 Ways To Practice Self Care As An Introverted Artist
Here are four ways that I have learned to practice self care while running an online business as an introverted artist:
- Set a time of day when you stop all work related tasks. I try to do most of my work from 10-2. I may do a live video at night from time to time but my main work time is 10-2 M-F.
- Set a time to check social media a few times a day and then get off of it. Don’t feel like you have to watch your posts all day . Set a certain time to reply to comments all at once.
- Check work email from your computer not your phone. Don’t lie in bed and check emails. It may seem like it’s not a big deal but it will become a habit and you’ll never be done with answering emails!
- Biggest work of advice….Continue to paint for your own enjoyment. No cameras or video allowed! Make quiet time for just you and your paint!
I hope these ideas will help you to find some margin in your day and keep up your creative energy levels as an introverted artist in business!
Let me know if you have questions!
I’ve been chatting with many of my online followers and found that I’m not alone in this introverted world of art business.
Over the past several years, I’ve been searching for business help from someone who understands my needs as an introvert. I’ve been looking for permission to be quiet, intentional, thoughtful, and authentic as an entrepreneur. Most business coaches and courses overwhelm me.
I’ve been looking for a way to be an artist in business without feeling fake or draining myself of energy and creativity. I haven’t found what I was looking for anywhere else….so I decided to create this place for myself and others.
I’ve recently created an online business tribe to support introverted artists who are business owners or want to start an online business. Of course, this group will be helpful to any creative business owners who want to learn, but we will lean into finding ways to especially help those of us who are introverts.
You can find out more about this new offering here! Just click on the photo below.