Burnout is one of the most prevalent conditions amongst creatives in today’s content creation space. From large scale corporation creatives to freelancer creatives, down to even those who create as a hobby, burnout is very much an experience that is universally loathed and feared.

Career Burnout

Company creative burnout is usually seen forming from the dissatisfaction of creatives within a corporate environment. Unlike other forms of creating, corporate creation is often limited by the rules and regulations of the job. Creatives will often face rushed deadlines and crunch culture, forcing their creative minds to run overtime until they burnout from it. Within the limited range of what they can be allowed to create, often the dissatisfaction arises from a lack of freedom of expression. 

As a career, creating is a job that is hard to balance outside of the workplace. Often, it is expected that those who are in the creative field are doing it “out of love”, so they will be able to work under any circumstance. Unfortunately, this puts a lot of stress on them, along with the less-than-stellar work conditions that creatives can often be working in. Fortunately, this is definitely a problem that is beginning to be addressed, as unions are beginning to adjust their systems in order to fit the conditions that creatives need to thrive.

Hobbyist Burnout

While hobbyist creative burnout is not on the same level as being the line between survival, it is arguably just as important due to it being fuelled by sheer passion. Those who create as a hobby often use it as a way to combat burnout in other job fields. It’s recommended for them to do so, actually! For example, research has been done about those in the medical field about combating professional burnout with creative writing. For them, the solution is to create.

This is where creative burnout, as a hobby, is important to consider. It can be an escape from other types of burnout from their lives, be it another career, or just a general escape from their everyday struggles. Without this outlet of stress, or if this form of stress relief is hindered, it becomes very difficult for them to escape the stresses of life.

Combating Creative Burnout

Creative burnout is unique in the many ways that it manifests both in a career and outside of it. While creating may be the answer to general professional burnout for some people, it is also the reason why some others have a career at all. As a form of both stress-relieving and creating stress, within specific environments, it’s important to acknowledge that creativity is an important part of our lives. It is through creation of content that people express their opinions and views about the world.

Seek Stimulation to Revive Your Muse

Go on a walk and take in the sights, or watch that movie you’ve been putting off. Stepping into a new environment can help invigorate the senses and help create new inspirations for creation. Even a spontaneous trip to the Alps or just something small like going out to hangout at a friend’s house is enough to take you out of your usual environment for creation and start something new.

Take a Break to Reevaluate Yourself or Your Work

Sometimes all we need is a break. Forcing yourself to fixate on an issue may only make you more angry and frustrated, so go take a nap or grab a snack. Just stepping away from your source of frustration is enough to help you think more clearly about what you are trying to achieve, or clear your view about your end goal.

Begin Little By Little, Step-by-Step

As they say, baby steps. Writers can consider using daily prompts to pump those creative juices, it doesn’t matter how much or how little you write, as long as you start. From a 10 word quote to a 500 word short story, all of it is a slow step to coming back to creating. This technique applies not just to writers but artists, and any other creative fields as well, where just a little bit a day, can go a long way.

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