I’ve been a freelance cinematographer for many years. During my younger years I didn’t pay much, if any, attention to my body and general well-being. I was so focused on making sure I did the best job and that I got hired for another job. I started to burn the candle at both ends.
I thought this post would be a good reminder of some of the things you can do to make sure that you work hard but also take care of your body. It’s the only one you have!
One of the first things to remember is that the only way to completely recharge you body is to get sleep. I don’t mean just a few hours here and there, I’m taking about a good 8 hours. Getting a good sleep can make a huge difference in the way you think and act on a day to day basis.
There are a few ways to make sure you get a good sleep. The first is to set a schedule that you adhere to each night. This is set your body clock on a pattern and you will get use to waking up and going to sleep at these times. Another way to get better and more consistent sleep is to cut back on caffeine. Most experts recommend not having a coffee after 3 pm as it will still be in your system when you go to sleep that night.
Aside from having a good nights rest giving your body some time off from carrying, lifting, loading and lugging can do wonders. The strain that we put on our muscles in this industry is incredible. However, it’s only later that we start to really feel the effects of this strain. Going to visit a local day spa or massage therapist can have a big effect on how you recover. You can get a deep tissue massage that will solve many of your underlying problems, leaving you feeling fresh and ready to go.
Finally, taking time to completely stop what your doing and relax at home can sometime be the best tip of all. This will let your mind settle and not focus on the hustle and bustle of being on a film set.