Beat the Burnout – Staying Creative When Working Creative

Sometimes, we just get tired of thinking. Creative burnout is defined as a feeling of exhaustion and lack of interest in the work that you do. A creative person working in a creative job can be particularly susceptible to creative burnout. Being required to produce projects on a deadline rather than allowing your mind to produce ideas organically can be stressful and tiring. Here are some tips to avoid experiencing creative burnout:
1. Exercise – we’ve heard our parents and doctors telling us to get out there and exercise for as long as we can remember. Exercising is good for your body, it keeps you healthy and in good shape for longer, but it’s also good for your mind. Find a form of exercise that you like to do – it doesn’t have to be running laps something as simple as a 20 minute yoga flow in your living room can do the trick! Research has shown that people who exercise regularly fare better on cognitive tests than those who are sedentary.
2. Have hobbies – like exercise, setting aside time to do something that you genuinely are interested in can help you stay creative. Your hobby should ideally be something that challenges you a little – physically or mentally. Many hobbies will help improve your concentration, while also having a relaxing effect on you. Choosing a creative hobby can act as a creative outlet for you. Plus, it’s always important to focus on something that isn’t related to work when you need a break
3. Reorganize – the space that we live or work in can have an effect on our creativity. Don’t be afraid to change up your décor, shuffle furniture around, or otherwise reorganize your workspace at home. Since you may not have as much freedom to move things around at work, try to reorganize within reason. For example, you can try rearranging the layout of your desk and cleaning it up a bit. It goes without saying that having a clean and organized workspace will make you feel more relaxed and in control.
4. Socialize – socializing with old (and new) friends can help you relax. Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, it’s crucial not to isolate yourself from your friends and family, especially when you start to feel burned out from work. Isolation can lead to further feelings of distress or helplessness, which is not good for your creativity. So grab your phone and make plans with that old friend you ran into grocery shopping last week.
5. Daydream – daydreaming is like exercise for your mind. Daydreaming has been linked to increased creativity, helping to become a more creative problem solver and a better planner. While you shouldn’t be off daydreaming while doing something that needs your full attention i.e., driving, or being in a meeting, you should allow your mind to wander when you have the time to wind down. Always keep a pen and notebook handy (a phone works too, but it can be more distracting) – you never know when a creative idea will strike!