The creative life is not for the faint of heart and sometimes as creatives, we suffer from burnout. Unfortunately, I have experienced it a few times. That’s why knowing the signs and symptoms of creative burnout are so important. It’s not just a lack of motivation. It goes way deeper than that. Let’s dive in for some real candid talk.
Part 1 Signs And Symptoms Of Creative Burnout
Creative burnout is a little different for some individuals and can vary from person to person but there are a few tail-tale signs that stand out and are pretty obvious if you know what to look for.
- The lack of feelings or creative ideas.
- The inability to get into the groove or flow.
- Self-doubt about yourself and creativity.
- Lack of focus. (finding a reason not to create)
It’s important to recognize these symptoms that can also occur at any time in a creative business. The important thing to pay attention to is how long these symptoms last. When days and weeks turn into months, you’ll need to evaluate if you are in the creative burnout. Watch Part 1 below to learn more.
Part 2 Causes Of Burnout
We all go through dry spells in our creativity. I’m not talking about a day or two but the long draughts that turn into weeks and months.
- Social Media!
- Sucky clients!
- Lack of freedom in your creativity.
- Being spread too thin.
In Part 2, I will share with you some causes of creative burnout. #1 and #2 are real doozies!
Part 3 How To Deal With Creative Burnout
Yes! You CAN survive creative burnout. It’s not a death sentence for your creativity.
- Let go of the shame of failure.
- Change things up and move to something else. Take a break!
- Get your creative juices flowing again. Do something creative just for fun.
- Never underestimate the power of friendship. Reach out to other creatives for support.
In Part 3, I discuss the ways that can help you get back into your creative groove and survive creative burnout.
Thanks for joining me today in this 3 part series discussion of creative burnout. My wishes and hopes are that these videos will help someone… possibly you, to get through a difficult time and get back to doing what you love… creating and sharing with others in your creative business. I’d love to hear your feedback on this subject. Drop me a comment below!