Tips for taking care of your physical and mental health
To be the best version of yourself for your community, you need to be kind to yourself. Everything starts from within. You must be healthy, present, and positive to channel that energy back into the community. They will, in turn, propel you forward.
Health is a sensitive and essential topic in any industry. A profession where you are in front of a computer for hours can take a toll on your health. It is easy to disregard your health as you decide to put in that 9th hour of streaming or to do another 24 hour marathon. Streaming for extended periods of time is your choice. The topic of taking care of yourself is beyond the scope of this course, but one thing must be clear: If you neglect your health, everything else will suffer. The same discipline that you apply to your streaming schedule you also must apply to your personal health.
We recommend that you treat health in regards to streaming like a job. That's right. Let's add health goals to your strategic plan. How will you improve your mind and your body so that you can be that much better and deliver that much more energy to the viewers? Maybe it's making sure to take a walking break each day or off days where you disconnect from your 'workstation.'
Tips on staying healthy
Below are a few thoughts from us. These are good health practices that we discovered when interviewing top streamers and doing research. It is your body, your life, and your decision, but as with everything in this course — we encourage you to try and see if it works for you.
- Create a regular exercise routine and stick to it. Yes, it is hard. It doesn't need to be anything fancy to start. Walking a mile three days a week is a start. Going to the gym and breaking a sweat is a great start. There is a lot of research on how getting your body moving and blood flowing helps productivity, boost energy levels and improve general health. Try it!
- Drink water. Put a bottle of water on your desk and set a goal of drinking about 1.5-2 liters of water a day.
- Take greater care of your diet. They say that we are what we eat. It is tempting to order food when you are trying to get in those hours in your streaming schedule. It is equally as tempting to get fast food or snacks. Resist the temptation. Will your mind to be strong. Try cooking. It will save money which you can then funnel back into your career as a creator. It can also act as a form of therapy and relaxation. As you think about your diet, please make sure that you are consuming vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats. Avoid processed foods. Avoid sugar.
- Sleep. Full stop. In a culture where we are obsessed with getting a lot done in 24 hours, one where we celebrate brutally hard work, all-nighters, and marathon sessions — in this culture is vital to take a step back and sleep. There is a mountain of research on the beneficial effects of sleep and rest on your body and mind. You will have more energy, you will be in a better mood, your mind will be more lucid, and your community will see it.
Again, this topic is paramount to your success. It is easy to neglect this. It is easy to take this material and say that I will be disciplined and power through any obstacles. I will stream 18 hours a day, seven days a week, until I get my first 100 followers. Resist that mentality. It does not have to be that dramatic.
If you want to succeed long-term, you must take care of yourself. In the future, you will be thankful for the investment you made. Your community will thank you. You will be able to recover from setbacks if you are healthy and rested. Treat health as part of your job.
Tips for dealing with negativity
The internet can be a cruel place. There is almost zero accountability, meaning someone does something cruel to another person and gets away with it. It is easy to be an online bully, which is yet another reason why we embrace a default stance of kindness, empathy, and warmth.
There will be instances where someone will say something negative to you or other members of your community. Here are a few tips we gathered from the PROs on how to handle negativity.
- Respond with kindness. In the words of a famous Stoic philosopher, "Whenever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness." Do not come down to their level. Rise above and be kind.
- Control your emotions. You mustn't get caught up in negative vitriol or drama of any kind. When in doubt, use the following question as a guide: "Would I ever have to explain my actions here to a potential sponsor, manager, teammate, or a 3rd party?" If the answer is yes, step away and respond with kindness or simply ignore it.
- Focus on the positive. Immediately think about the good. Imagine all the positive interactions from last week. This comment will come and go. This negativity is fleeting. In an hour, it will be a memory, and tomorrow you would have already moved on.
Accept constructive criticism. If it is legitimate tough love, feedback, or criticism — think about it and accept it. Thank the individual for the input (notice: kindness). They have given you an opportunity to improve. We all have our blind spots. This individual just helped you notice one from his or her perspective. You do not need to act on every piece of feedback that you receive, but you should be grateful for feedback.