Why Designers Should Stay Healthy And Happy


Sun_happyMany times you should have experienced bursts of creative ideas, of things you want to do and for the world to see just after the lady of your dreams accepts you as her man. Happy moments give birth to extraordinary ideas, of things one can’t hope to have when lonely and sick.

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” –  Benjamin Franklin

Happy and Healthy


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Surely, most healthy people are happy with their lives and vice versa. Being unhappy for more than the normal amount of time is life-wrecking. Some day you just have to get up and stir yourself to life again and take on the challenges that awaits you no matter how grave the thing you must rise up from. Then there are people who are neither happy nor sad, they simply don’t care about things. What will you expect from a designer who is oblivious of things, who is apathetic? No client would want another Van Gogh (I love Van Gogh, seriously). Although in the past most creative geniuses are used to locking up in the attic or in their basement alone for months at a time to create artworks that are now sold for thousands of dollars, what the world needs today are artists who can communicate well with people and can express emotions no matter how macabre or jolly the design should be.

Success = Happy + Healthy


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If you live a healthy and happy life then chances are you will do well in most of the things you do, no matter what the outcome is. However, success does not always entail being victorious in every thing you do but means how able are you to recuperate and continue.

Just look at the very successful people in their own trade today, they are happy with their lives and are living a healthy lifestyle which is reflected in their works. Isn’t that noble?

First you must asses yourself if you are lacking either or both.

How to be Healthy and Happy (if you’re not)


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Designers should always have fresh ideas, as such it is important to have a fresh experience as soon as time permits. Creation is a continuous process, this applies to movies and book releases too. It wouldn’t hurt to treat yourself to the movies once a month or buy and read a book that interests you, aside from fulfilling your little “cravings” you are automatically making your mind open to new stimuli. Hit the gym a couple of times a week, walk your dog, go swimming, destroy a friend’s house; just be happy and your health will follow.

Easier said than done but there’s a fun way to combat procrastination and ill-will by creating a list of things you want to do. “I want to drink a gallon of vodka in 10 minutes” ? Let’s set some ground rules for you to follow to avoid gulping a gallon. Steps first.

Keep a List


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  1. Write things that you really want to do –  no restrictions.
  2. Write things you think are fun to do (even if you really don’t want to).
  3. Be realistic.
  4. Consider various things like the food you wish to eat, someone you’d like to reconnect with, a place where you want to go, et cetera.
  5. No editing, yet.


  1. Cross out the things that will put your health at risk.
  2. Remove things that might hurt others.
  3. Do not cheat by removing the things that will tire you out.
  4. Remove all work-related items. The goal is to have fun!


  1. Set a specific date when you should have accomplished all the items.
  2. Execute them little by little.
  3. Enjoy.

Watch The Bucket List if my explanation is not clear.

How to stay Healthy and Happy (if you are already)


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The trick is to maintain your daily routine, less risky and is proven to work. But as everything wears and tears, so does your routine’s effect on you. The things that you are currently doing to stay healthy and happy should evolve with you as you mature. Consider it like eating your favorite pasta every day for a month. The excitement of finally eating it after a day’s hard work wears off slowly and the taste will be less delicious than what it used to be, correct? This is the reason why the experienced, and happy people, are always saying to do new things whenever possible.

Once in a while do things that are out of your comfort zone. Are you so used to designing in front of your computer that doing your art in another medium would be a waste of time? Try doodling on the sand, simple things such as this will hopefully spark that creative genius inside you.

Final Words

Exercise and eat foods that will boost your health. Your mind is more active and is more flexible when the body it is in is strong and happy! Try smiling now, come on! Did you just smile? It’s fine smiling while you are alone but not always. *laughs*

Now, share your thoughts!

Resources: Are you lacking enthusiasm? Read How to Maintain Enthusiasm for Work! Perhaps you are feeling uninspired? Find Inspiration!



  1. This is so true. Designers sit at computers all day long which is already a strain (don’t ever let anyone tell you our job isn’t strenuous!) so that alone needs to be offset by exercise. And there really are no downsides to healthy eating!

  2. Aaron

    Great tips – it’s easy to let yourself go when it comes to physical fitness and exercise when you have such an inactive desk job just as graphic design or photo editing. I think I gained at least 20 lbs since I started working for myself, seeing that I don’t even have to leave my house to get to work. That simple walk across the parking lot, up and down stairs, and around the office burns a lot more calories than you might thing.

  3. Princess Shaza

    Wow, a great article. Well said. Hope more and more designers would read this and inspire them like what it did to me :)

  4. Rean John Uehara

    Ah, it seems I have not made my point clear. Sorry for that.
    Item 3 does not really contradict item 1. There are just things that people plan on doing yet fail on achieving because of an unrealistic goal. Say, I love Pandas and I’d love to cuddle with one next month. If I can’t (knowing full well that it’d be impossible for that to happen in such a short time) I’ll be more depressed. :'(

    Good pointing, by the way. :D

  5. Guest

    I love this

    1. Write things that you really want to do – no restrictions.
    2 Write things you think are fun to do (even if you really don’t want to).
    3. Be realistic. <= What happened to no restrictions?

  6. Susan

    I absolutely agree with you. Being a designer is no cake walk and people fail to understand our creativeness and moodiness at times.

  7. Rahul

    Great Topic , i do love how designers are making some great inspiring works and i have been looking at some themes and pictures and design here in 1WD.com and loved how great job they are doing !
    creating and inventing and getting new ideas is very important since design is having a very big importance , so following these great tips and points will be helpful for sure ! passion is everything any way ! very Nice post friend ! ;)

  8. Everyday I set a time apart to do some of the things I like. And try to work out as well, although that part I have a lot to improve.

    But I always feel that when I go to gym, I feel more active, my creativity flows, and I come up with very good ideas.

    Thanks for a very good article. See you!!

  9. Simon Day

    Since I lost my 50lb excess I have been much happier with life and much more focused. I now regularly run 30k a week and enjoy a mix of healthy food and treat days.

    Work work has really improved and creativity seems to come much quicker than it used to. Health and happiness has Sooooo many benefits!