Conquering Creative Burnout

Spencer Wichman

How To Deliver When You’re Feeling Drained

Image by Nicolas Jehly on Unsplash

Creativity can be a double-edged sword. The ability to create something out of nothing is a power, and with power comes responsibility! Even the brightest minds are limited, and as expansive as our imaginations may be we’ve all inevitably faced that impending deadline. The pressure to produce. The need to deliver.

When the pressure is mounting and your creative wheels won’t turn, what’s to be done? Creative burnout is a very real and very important hurdle to overcome. Though it probably feels overwhelming, there is light at the end of the tunnel. This is a problem that existed long before it landed on your doorstep, and it’s one that will exist long after you conquer it. Rest assured in the knowledge of those who’ve come before, those who have persevered. I believe that creativity, at its core, relies on community. Those who create, those who share, those who participate. That community has your back!

So how do we face those feelings of self-doubt or fears of failure? Just as every creation is unique, so too is each creator — but I do believe these tips can be a great place to start.

There’s nothing wrong with hard work, but it’s important in the midst of these messages to remember the value of idle time: time to rest, to rejuvenate, to learn and discover.

Confide In Someone

Take Some Me-Time

I’ve found that a quick buzz upstairs to look out over the city always refreshes my perspective. When you’re that high up, everything looks a little surreal.

Change Your Surroundings

Get Lost In Something You Love

“And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art.” — Neil Gaiman

Make Good Art

At the end of the day, creative burnout isn’t a fun experience. It leaves you tired, drained, and feeling unsure. But as I mentioned before, it’s important to remember that you’re never alone. This is a struggle that all creatives face in some way, in some capacity, throughout their journey. It’s a part of your story, but it’s certainly not the end! I hope these tips can be helpful to you as you work your way through to the next chapter. Even when you’re faced with what feels like the impossible, take a step back to remember all that you have already created. All of the problems you have already solved. Let that knowledge be the key to keeping faith in yourself.


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