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Fashion shoots can be stressful. There is a lot of waiting around – it kind of goes with the territory – but once you are on camera, you have to be at the top of your game. High-end fashion shoots can be expensive, so nobody, least of all the model, wants it to go wrong. If a photographer is shooting a spread for a well-known magazine, there are deadlines to meet and editorial staff to please.
As a model, it’s your job to perform on the day, which can be immensely stressful. You may also have to get your body in shape prior to the shoot, which can also be stressful if you have been told to lose a few pounds. By the time the shoot ends, no doubt you are ready to take it easy for a few hours. Here are some tips for de-stressing and finding your equilibrium once again.
Hit the Town
It is common for models to go crazy after a big shoot or catwalk show. After weeks of deprivation and low-calorie meals, the temptation to eat, drink, and dance is huge. Nobody is going to blame you if all you want to do is party at the end of a long, stressful shoot. In fact, it might do you good. Hit the town, have a few drinks, eat a blow-out meal, and rock the dancefloor at your favorite club for a few hours.
The only time this is inadvisable is when you have to work the next day. If that’s the case, stick to one of the relaxation strategies below.
Book a Spa Session
Spa sessions are great for relaxation purposes. A full-body wrap followed by a hot stone massage and a dip in a jacuzzi is guaranteed to soothe sore muscles, release stress tension, and promote a sense of calm serenity. Even if you don’t have time to disappear for a deliciously relaxing spa weekend, it is a great idea to book your favorite masseuse for a home visit or have a soak in a jacuzzi bath surrounded by scented aromatherapy candles.
Curl Up with a Good Book
Reading is the ultimate relaxation therapy. Nothing beats immersing oneself in a good book. From the magic and sorcery of Harry Potter to dark crime fiction, a great novel should help you forget the stress of your working day, so settle down on the sofa or curl up in bed with your favorite author and a couple of book candles. It’s the perfect end to a tough day.
Go to the Gym
This one might seem counterintuitive if you have spent months pounding your body into shape for an important shoot, but exercise releases endorphins, which are nature’s “happy hormones”. Running, cycling, swimming and lifting weights are all excellent ways to bust stress and boost your mood. Go on, give it a go.
If none of the above appeals, settle down with a box set on Netflix and binge watch your favorite series: Stranger Things, The Good Wife, and Orphan Black are all top choices.
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