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It’s Important To Recognise Creative Burnout

I suffer from creative burnout. Once it happens, It happens. 

It’s not a situation where I can just shake it off. 

There is no point telling me to meditate.

There is no point pushing me into self help podcasts.

There is no point giving me pep talks.

Chocolate doesn’t work, nor does wine.

 

I know my body, I know my mind.

I know once this happens, I need to take a break.

What is a break? I am a single mum with 3 kids to raise, does that even exist?

When it comes to creative burnout, a “break” doesn’t necessarily mean a rest.

It means a removal of yourself, place yourself somewhere else, do other things.

Feed your mind with new content.

 

Take Yourself Somewhere Inspiring 

The trouble with creative entrepreneur types is we sink so deep into our work, we end up living a portion of our lives at a desk without even realising it! We are creating incredible things, but the reality is the outside world is what feeds us.

When we forget to remove ourselves, creative burnout begins.

If you can, try and manage regular breaks. Trips to local areas which are full of colour, culture or just beauty in general. This could be something as simple as a walk in your local botanical gardens.

If you completely suck at this “regular break” thing like I do, bundle them up. Recognise that all of those small breaks you didn’t take – they equal to a bigger break. Disappear for a couple of days into somewhere amazing. 

 

You Know Yourself Best

We often think we don’t. But thats actual bullshit. Sometimes it takes counselling, coaching, self help to rid ourselves of the denial at play. But at the end of the day recovering from a creative burnout is often a very personal thing and other peoples voices just interrupt the journey to becoming inspired again.

If you know what you need to do, even if its not what others would suggest, just go and do it. 

 

My Answer To Creative Burnout?

Book an Air BnB , Take the kids and runaway. Soak up water views, immerse yourself in a different environment, reduce your time on social media for 2-3 Days.

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Leaving Your Job To Work For Yourself Is Terrifying

I left my “JOB” 6 months ago to work for myself.

The crazy part is my “job” was a self employed position too, it didn’t resemble the freedom and flexibility that the work from home dream is made of.

Like every other person I know, flipping a switch to a completely different role – self employed or not –  is risky and nerve-wracking.

I had been working up to this point for 2 years, part time hustling on the side in the digital world.

I reflected back to a time when I worked for someone else and the road I traveled to get here.

 

I have been in business for many many years.

In between caring for my son who had Cancer from birth and raising a total of three children, I have been in business for almost 20 years.

I had just turned 20 when I decided I would never work for an employer again, it was terrifying.

I don’t think the financial risk is the biggest scare factor either, it’s dealing with other peoples opinions.

Deciding you will never be an employee has an apparent arrogance about it, you will be told at least once in your life that you should “Just go and get a job”

The person who says that wants you back in THEIR box, not yours.

You are not an Entrepreneur if you are broke.

Bullshit.

Entrepreneur Definition: a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.

See that word….HOPE.

It’s what all Entrepreneurs have when we step out on a limb and develop something that came from an idea.

Entrepreneurs often take a considerable risk when they open a business or develop a product.

The risk could mean landing on ground zero with nothing to cling on, nothing but another idea.

 

Believe me, I have been there.

There is nothing worse than the term “Failed Entrepreneur” because it goes against the whole definition of what it is to be one.

We take risks. We land on our ass, we take risks again.

We lose our cars, our lifestyle and our minds, we built them back up again.

We make a million dollars, we lose a million dollars (or in my case, more)

The point is, we are driven to create and we have hope and faith that one of our ideas will change peoples lives.

 

Then It Happens.

You will wake up when day and say to yourself “I am here, this is where I’m meant to be”.

It won’t take money.

It won’t be the invites you get or the VIP tables at functions.

It won’t be a new car or the ability to take a holiday anytime you want.

You may still be scraping for rent money when it happens.

It’s the inner feeling of knowing you are where you belong.

It’s from this point you will start making waves, because you are BORN FOR THIS!