Creative burnout is a common problem for those in our industry, and it can be caused by a variety of factors such as stress, lack of inspiration, too many projects, not enough sales, or simply working too hard for too long. If you're feeling uninspired, overwhelmed, or unmotivated, you may be experiencing creative burnout. Here are 12 signs to look out for:
- Loss of motivation: You don't feel excited about your work anymore and have trouble getting started on new projects.
- Lack of inspiration: You can't seem to come up with new ideas, or the ideas you do have feel unoriginal and uninspired.
- Too many projects: You have started so many projects you feel overwhelmed. You don't know where to start or if you even want to.
- Difficulty concentrating: You find it hard to focus on your work and your mind keeps wandering.
- Exhaustion: You feel physically and mentally tired, even when you're not working.
- Frustration: You're easily irritated and frustrated by small setbacks and obstacles.
- Difficulty making decisions: You're having trouble making decisions, both big and small, and can even become easily paralyzed by indecision.
- Negative self-talk: You're constantly criticizing yourself and your work, and find it hard to see the good in what you're doing.
- Lack of sales: You haven't been selling pieces and keep thinking what's wrong? Why is no one buying from me?
- Loss of passion: You no longer feel passionate about your work and can't seem to get excited about it.
- Avoiding your work: You're finding it hard to stay on task and keep working, and are easily distracted.
- Loss of confidence: You're feeling unsure of yourself and your abilities, and find it hard to believe in your work.
If you're experiencing any of these signs, it's important to take action to get back to your creative self. Here are a few things you can do:
- Take a break: Step away from your work for a while and give yourself a chance to recharge.
- Change your environment: Sometimes a change of scenery can be all you need to get inspired again.
- Get moving: Exercise is a great way to clear your mind and boost your energy levels.
- Reflect: Take some time to think about what's causing your burnout and just one step you can take to begin to change it.
- Practice self-care: Make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating well, and taking care of yourself.
- Seek inspiration from other sources: Try reading, listening to music, visiting an art exhibit, or taking a class to give yourself some new ideas
- Get outside of your comfort zone: Try something new or take on a new challenge to get yourself out of the rut you're in.
- Write down all the reasons you create and the feelings associated with those reasons.
- Seek support: If you're feeling really stuck, don't be afraid to ask for help. Talk to a colleague, a friend, or even a therapist to help you work through your feelings.
Burnout can be tough and feel very lonely, but by identifying the signs and taking steps to get back to your creative self, you can get back on track and start creating again. Remember to be kind and patient to yourself, and you'll be able to navigate through it.
We love you and know that creative burnout can hit hard sometimes. We get it and we know you can work through it to become an even better creative individual. You got this!
We can't wait to see what you'll create,
Kelly & the Hue Crew ❤️