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Artists and physical health: how to prevent pain that can stop you from creating

It’s important to find ways to stay active that fit into our busy lives.

We all know the feeling: you’re sitting at your desk, working on a project, and suddenly you feel a sharp pain in your neck, or your arm. You try to ignore it, but it gets worse and worse until you have to stop what you’re doing and take a break.
This is a common experience for many artists, especially those who work 10-12 hours a day, under a project delivery.
When it comes to the physical well-being of artists, it’s often said that we’re a “precious commodity.” And while that may be true, it doesn’t make the reality any less challenging: many of us deal with pain on a daily basis, whether it be from chronic conditions, repetitive motion injuries, or just the plain old aches and pains that come with getting older.It can be tempting to just power through the pain and hope for the best, but that’s not really an option when your livelihood depends on your ability to create art.
So what can be done to avoid these physical problems and remain productive?

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Artists and physical health: how to prevent pain from stopping you from creating

First, it’s important to understand that you’re not alone. Many artists struggle with chronic pain, and there are a number of resources available to help you cope.
If you live in America, The American Chronic Pain Association offers support groups, educational materials, and other resources, while the National Pain Foundation provides information and referrals to pain management specialists.
If you live in Europe, or the countries, please, look for informations from your national system health.

1. Take breaks often, and make sure to get up and move around every few hours.

First, it is important to take breaks often.
Get up and move around every few hours to keep your body from becoming stiff. You may make a cup or coffee or tea, or just see outside your window, or go to give a sweet caress to you lovely pet!
Taking a break will also help to refresh your mind and give you a new perspective on your work.
Try to find comfortable positions to work in. If you are constantly hunched over, your body will start to hurt.
Try to find positions that are more comfortable for you and that will allow you to work for longer periods of time without pain, for example, using a using an inclined table, so you don’t bend your back too much.
Be aware of your posture. Poor posture can contribute to pain, so make sure you are sitting or standing up straight. This will help you to avoid pain in the future.

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