• Working Smarter Guide: Wellbeing

Wellbeing is the whole point of Working Smarter – helping us manage long hours, overlapping work commitments and complex creative briefs – to make our working life sustainable from a wellbeing perspective.  

Research undertaken by Entertainment Assist – the national health charity advocating for greater awareness of mental health in the Australian entertainment industry – has revealed that that we have ‘extensive mental health issues across the broad spectrum of the industry, often as a result of bullying, sexual abuse, long or unrewarding working hours and a lack of appreciation for years of commitment.’

Working mindfully, respectfully and caring for the wellbeing of yourself and others in the workplace is crucial, and talking through our experiences is key to helping designers achieve a better balance of work, life and general wellness.

Key Links

The APDG has put together a page of resources to help us look after ourselves and each other: Some of these resources are COVID-related, but many are good all-timers:

Help is right on hand:

Tips & Tricks

  • ‘Talk to someone. It is vital for anyone feeling vulnerable to share their concerns about mental health. Don’t keep it to yourself. Talk to friends, talk to coworkers, talk to family, talk to health professionals’
  • ‘Don’t be afraid to reach out when you need to’
  • ‘Implement routines, especially when life is making it hard to do so!’
  • ‘Identify what makes you feel good and incorporate these activities into your life such as exercise, seeing friends, spending time outdoors’
  • ‘Recognise that you are not a machine and that you do need time to replenish your energy, or maybe you are but even then you still need time to “recharge”!’
  • ‘Schedule mini-breaks and holidays into your working year, as a freelancer you need to be your own HR department and make sure you get a break/s’

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