Darren Hemmings is the head of British marketing agency Motive Unknown, but he’s also been prominent in the public discussions about wellbeing in the music industry, and some of the pressures that people face. Now he’s written a blog post about his personal experience of 2018 as “the year when I finally decided to Get My Shit Together” and tackling the challenge of “too much booze, too little sleep, too much work, no pastimes”.

“I’d argue all work in the music industry can be all-consuming, and it is highly, highly toxic,” writes Hemmings. In his case, this involved cutting drinking right back; focusing on eating more healthily; getting more sleep; taking more holidays (by which he means taking the holiday he’s supposed to be due); and taking up a hobby. “I am posting this only to make a point: change can happen, and it isn’t uncool to prioritise your own needs and well-being… change must also come from you. Yes, bosses need to buy in here and bring that top-down cultural change… but there is also a responsibility to look after yourself, and not to just roll over whilst your working hours creep up and your stress levels hit critical levels.”

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