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Burned Out? It’s Okay

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Burned Out? It’s Okay

by Kerri Williams

At one time or another, you’re going to suffer from creative burnout. That’s okay. It happens. And it usually resolves itself, so let it happen.

Creative burnout can come from a number of factors. It could be that your current lifestyle isn’t allowing you to participate creatively. It could be you’ve been working on a project for so long you’re just sick of it.

Or your burnout could simply be frustration over not feeling overly creative. There are many factors that go into burnout. You may be able to pinpoint them, but if you can’t, don’t exacerbate the situation by stewing over the burnout.

If your creative project allows you the opportunity, take a break to resolve the burnout. This doesn’t mean sitting around and dwelling on what’s going on, but rather take a break from the burnout project and let it sit.

It may take a few days; it may take weeks or possibly months. But sometimes putting aside the frustration and stress of completing the project can open new doors to what you’ve been searching for.


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Whatever the reason for the burnout, when you approach the project after a break, you often have a new perspective of how you see it. Or you may see it and have to admit that what you’re doing just isn’t working, and it’s not going to work, and it’s time to let go.

While on your burnout break, find things to do that interest you.

Start a new project, something different than the norm.

Pull away from the creative end of your lifestyle and catch up on the reverse side of your creativity:

  • Read a novel or two instead of writing one.
  • Go to a gallery instead of painting for one.
  • Listen to new music instead of tapping it out on your instrument.

Or try a 360 lifestyle kick. There’s always something new you’ve wanted to do. Go for it.

  • Learn how to cook.
  • Reorganize your house.
  • Get outside and grow some plants.
  • Take up meditation.

When you release the creative grind you’re so used to putting in, amazing things open up. Things happen and ideas start to stream in. Just remember to log those ideas somewhere. Sometimes you can dive straight into them, but if you’re not ready, don’t force it. Just write down the new ideas and visit them when you’re creative mind wants to play again.

It’s okay to take a break from your creativity. It doesn’t mean you’ve given up, or you’ve lost your creative edge. It’s your mind and body telling you to rest. Sometimes that’s all you need.


Peace in your journey – Kerri


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