What is creative burnout?
The more you focus on something, whether it’s a website, an article, a video, or a painting, the more likely you are to have days where you don’t feel like doing it. You may have heard people talk about a burnout before, but dismissed it as superstition or thought you were exempt until that first day it hits and what was fun and interesting, feels empty and meaningless.
Creative burnout occurs when the creative capacity is depleted beyond repair. Creative energy, like a well of water, steadily replenishes itself over time. An individual who has pushed their creativity well too far for too long will one day eventually run dry.
Simply put, creative burnout is when you feel your innovative spark is snuffed out. Simple tasks become difficult, and creative tasks become virtually impossible.
Burnout is something beyond fatigue. whereas fatigue exhausts your body, burnout exhausts your soul.
What are common signs of creative burnout?
Burnout manifests itself in a variety of ways, from persistent fatigue and mental distress to cynicism, detachment, and a feeling of ineffectiveness.
The following are some of the most common signs that you are burnt out:
- All seems to be drab and meaningless.
- You have lost interest in socializing and you prefer isolating yourself from others.
- You’re drinking more, eating more, or displaying other symptoms of depression.
- It’s difficult for you to relax.
- It’s difficult to complete even the most basic tasks.
- You hate waking up in the morning.
- You have lost interest in something you once cared deeply for.
- You are irritated by talented people who are inspired and driven.
Take care of yourself, here are 9 ways to curb creative burnout.
1. Refuel your energy
Prioritize healthy sleep patterns, diet, exercise, social interaction, and activities that foster equanimity and well-being, such as meditating, journaling, and enjoying nature, to replenish your physical and emotional resources, as well as your capacity to concentrate. Give yourself a week to evaluate how you’re spending your time if you’re having trouble fitting those things into your busy schedule.
2. Set smaller goals
Consider breaking down large projects into smaller, more achievable objectives if you’re feeling frustrated. Setting and achieving small goals has been shown to increase dopamine levels in the brain, making us more involved and happy at work, according to studies. Instead of committing to completing a big project, set a target for yourself about what you will accomplish in the next month in terms of social media engagements, content creation, sharing energy, and networking.
3. Set boundaries
When your job is also your passion, it’s easy for the distinction between work and life to blur. Stick to a regular, weekly, or monthly schedule. To concentrate on specific tasks, set practical deadlines and time limits, and don’t allow yourself to be derailed by perfectionism.
Remember to plan time away from networking and social media, as well as days off and clear work hours.
4. Take breaks often
Your desk is a beehive of productivity, but it can also be a burden with all the other tasks you need to do to keep your brand running. Social media Accounts, Emails, Content drafts are community networks all need your attention, which can sap your creative energy.
Make time in your day to do something else: take a stroll, read a book, or relax and enjoy a cup of tea without worrying about work. You’re also feeding your brain with inspiration from the world around you as you do this.
Take a couple of days off work to relax every now and then if you can. Give yourself time to rest, whether you go on a holiday or schedule a staycation. It’s perfectly acceptable to leave your camera at home (or in the other room). Finally, encourage yourself to daydream; allowing your mind to wander will aid creativity.
5. Do something creative (beyond your existing job description)
Remember how being creative actually makes you happy? It doesn’t have to be your full-time job.
Trying something switching between social media, creating content, sharing energy, and networking online can help relieve some of the pressure to produce flawless work. You should also try out something that is a little out of your comfort zone. Allow yourself to make errors along the way.
Unrelated creative activities can serve as a source of inspiration, but there are other ways to replenish your “creative well.” Emily Fischer, an architect, and artist writes, “You have to feed yourself creatively. You have to give yourself that creative fuel. I hate using the term ‘self-care but I think that’s a part of it.”
Establishing a daily meditation schedule will help you avoid burnout: even a few minutes a day will have significant benefits. Meditation has been shown in studies to reduce stress and anxiety while also improving attention and concentration.
Meditation has been shown in studies to reduce stress and anxiety while also improving attention and concentration. It may also have direct physical benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, improving heart blood flow, and reducing muscle tension—including the muscles that trigger stress-related tension headaches!
7. Go for walks
If you don’t have enough time to go on the whole trip, take breaks during the day and take a walk. If you’re feeling stuck, go to the park or garden and spend some time in nature; even a 20-minute “nature break” three times a week will help relieve stress.
A well-rounded workout can address all aspects of fitness. And if you’re preparing for a particular task, you can keep things interesting.
Exercise can make you feel better by reducing stress and increasing your sense of well-being. When you exercise regularly, you will have more energy and be more productive. Daily exercise can also aid in getting a good night’s sleep.
Get more exercise by waking up early or exercising during your lunch break. You may be more inspired to exercise if you form a team with coworkers or organize an office fitness challenge.
9. Go and hang with your loved ones
Content creation can be a solitary activity, but connecting with others can be motivating and energizing.
It’s priceless to have somebody to bounce off your ideas especially among your loved ones. To begin with, speaking your ideas aloud helps you to explore them more closely. Secondly, hanging with your loved ones will prevent you from wandering off in distress and isolation that will further drain your energy.
Also, look for spaces and opportunities built by and for content creators, from in-person workshops like those offered through online communities. Attending events is also a great way to find like-minded content creators who share your passions.
Pay attention to yourself, no matter how you want to deal with the situation. What works and what doesn’t for you? When did you last feel inspired?
Remember why you started what you do in the first place; hold true to certain motives and principles, and see how you can incorporate them back into your daily practice.
What factors in your life seem to have an effect on your motivation and morale? You are the only one who can answer these questions. It’s much more difficult to find out and listen to your own needs than it is to follow other people’s advice. The earlier you sit down and allow yourself to be honest with yourself, the better.