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The Power of Rest: Unleashing Your Full Creative Potential

By Sergio Gomez, MFA

Embracing the Art of Resting: Work Hard, Rest Harder

Introduction: Hey there, fellow artists! We all know the irresistible pull of immersing ourselves in our art and careers. The passion and drive to create can consume us, making it easy to forget the importance of rest. I'll be the first to admit that acknowledging the need for rest in my daily routine has been a real struggle. But let me tell you, it's a lesson worth learning. In this blog post, we'll explore how embracing the art of resting can unlock your full creative potential and prevent burnout. Plus, I'll share a personal story involving my wonderful reminder, Dr. Yanina.

The Forgotten Art of Rest

As artists, we pour our hearts and souls into our work. We become so absorbed in the creative process that resting often gets pushed to the side. Our to-do lists are filled with art projects, exhibitions, client deadlines—you name it. The idea of taking a break seems counterproductive or even guilt-inducing. Trust me, I've been there. But neglecting rest can leave us feeling drained, uninspired, and ultimately, unable to give our best.

Dr. Yanina, the Reminder

Enter my superhero, Dr. Yanina. She's not just my loving wife; she's also a constant reminder that I need to prioritize rest. Dr. Yanina understands the delicate balance between work and rejuvenation. She's witnessed firsthand the toll it takes when I neglect self-care. With her gentle nudges and wise words, she reminds me that rest is not a luxury, but a necessity for my artistic journey.

The Transformative Power of Rest

Resting isn't just about catching up on sleep or binge-watching our favorite shows (although those can be pretty awesome too!). It's about replenishing our creative energy, rekindling our imagination, and finding balance in our lives. When we rest, we allow our minds to wander freely, opening ourselves up to new ideas and fresh perspectives. It's in these moments that true artistic breakthroughs can happen.

Making Rest a Priority

Now, let's talk about integrating rest into our busy artist routines. It's not always easy, but it's vital for our well-being and long-term success. Start by carving out intentional moments of rest throughout your day. Set boundaries and stick to them. Allow yourself guilt-free breaks to recharge, whether it's going for a walk in nature, meditating, or simply taking time to enjoy a hobby that fuels your soul.

Embracing Your Inner Dr. Yanina

We all need a Dr. Yanina in our lives—a loving reminder to prioritize rest. If you don't have a real-life partner like mine, become your own Dr. Yanina. Be kind to yourself. Recognize that resting is not a sign of weakness but a way to honor your creative journey. Listen to your body, mind, and spirit. When you feel drained, give yourself permission to step back and recharge. Your art—and your overall well-being—will thank you for it.

Conclusion: Dear fellow artists, let's make a pact to work hard and rest harder. Remember that embracing the art of resting is not a luxury but a crucial ingredient in our creative process. By acknowledging the need for rest, we unleash our full creative potential and prevent burnout. So, take a moment to breathe, recharge, and honor the amazing artist within you. Your art deserves a well-rested and rejuvenated version of you. Cheers to a thriving artistic journey filled with balance, inspiration, and the occasional reminder from our own personal Dr.


Thanks for reading!

Sergio Gomez, MFA
Artist | Curator | Author | Art Biz Coach 

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