• Jana Puisa

Creativity and burnout

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

I have been thinking a lot lately about how creativity appears, what seems, out of nowhere and you feel so inspired to create. And then, there are other times, when all you want to do is just to watch movies, read books and play games.

I feel creative when I’m rested. And there is no way around it for me. I can’t force it. I am a bit of a rebel naturally so if I try to force myself to do something I don’t want to, I just rebel and shut down, which starts that self-destructing cycle of beating myself up for not doing anything – having no motivation because I feel so bad…and it just goes in circles.

This year I am trying to create healthy routines for myself because that’s what makes a huge difference, that familiarity and comfort of knowing what to do to make things better. So far, I have been working on my bedtime habits and trying to avoid my phone and simply read an hour before going to sleep, which already made a huge difference. Another habit I have adapted – running every Sunday morning, it is crazy what that can do to my mental well being.

This year I have started a new job, a job that allows for the routine to build, which I have never had before so making a very conscious effort to make the best out of it and not take it for granted. Because most of my energy was spent on finding my feet in the new role, anything creative has taken the back seat. But I finally feel that I have it in me to be creative again. Not just at work, because, actually we forget that problem-solving that we do every day, is a way of being creative too.

Originally this post was meant to be about our travel to Cornwall, but I ended having things to say about creativity instead. So please stay tuned to more travel content in the new few months.

How do you deal with creative burnout? What helps you?

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