Get your sweat on.
Even if you’re one of those mythical creatures who can eat whatever, exercise never, and still look amazing, you should pump some iron or do some cardio every single day. In addition to being an obvious way to maintain and/or enhance your physical shape, regular exercise also can improve your mental health and mood.
One frequently minimized (or often ignored) side effect of cam is isolation and loneliness. So much about exercise today is super social, and this can help alleviate your need for 3D social interaction. Now, I don’t mean going to your local big-box gym necessarily. Instead, try a group class — from Zumba to yoga — or sign up for an eight-week boot camp. Though the early-morning start times of a typical boot camp can be intimidating, for a workaholic type, the structure and accountability may be perfect. You will get to interact with new people each day in class. Though they may not become your new BFFs, you will be brushing up on your social skills all the while.
Catch up on current events.
So much happens in the world: good stuff, bad stuff, silly stuff, and cute stuff! Take some time each day to peruse your favorite news site and catch up on current events. Hell, find a favorite news site, a favorite gossip rag, and a least-favorite media outlet — something that’s at odds with your views — and really get informed from multiple angles.
Just 15 minutes a day will give you a greater understanding of how our social world intersects and give you plenty of fodder for starting conversations in free chat. If you have “regulars,” brushing up on topics they’re interested in can deepen you’re your connection and keep them engaged longer.
Go shopping (in an actual store)!
I know, I know — leave the house? That’s crazy talk! But hear me out. Once every few weeks, go try on a new look. Go to a store you’ve never been to and dress up like someone else. Go to a makeup counter and try new looks, new colors, new products. Make sure to document every single one. You can use the pictures for everything from #latergram to polling your followers. An added bonus is that sometimes it actually is beneficial to experiment with clothes and looks IRL. The change in perspective might give you new ideas for your look on cam.
Get a massage (or anything else that forces you to unplug completely).
Hair and nails in particular are a part of cam models regular beauty regime. How many times have you been held captive in the chair, fully engrossed in your phone? Now, don’t get me wrong. Salon appointments can be useful time spent on social media or Snapchat. But occasionally try to set down the phone and engage with your stylist. You will probably hear some crazy stories (that you can rehash later online). Or, try to disconnect completely. This is where the massage comes in. Your eyes, your neck, and your fingertips will appreciate the break!
When you’re in control of your own work destiny — or at least in control of your own work schedule — it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the possibilities on cam. This is especially easy when you have a Type A personality, to boot.
Remember: Your career is only as good as you are. There are plenty of ways to take a breather and get a little head space while also being cam-productive. These are only a few ideas for how to do double-duty with your time. What savvy ways can you think of to be both on and off?