Symptoms of Creative Burnout

  • Long-term procrastination and struggling with basic work
  • Constant exhaustion and inexplicable stress
  • Unhealthy comparisons and self-doubt
  • Unbalanced content consumption
  • Morning dread
  • Harmful habits and unusual irritability

With all these, it is important to remember two things:

  1. There is a difference between creative block and creative burnout. The former does not share the same symptoms with the latter.
  2. Many of these symptoms are associated with mental health conditions so it's best to talk to a professional.
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Prevention is better than cure, if you agree with this here are ways you can prevent future creative burnouts:

  • Practicing Metacognition: being aware of your own awareness so you can determine the best strategies for learning and problem-solving.
  • Mindful productivity: being consciously present in the work you’re doing while you’re doing it.
  • Creating new habits, routines, and rituals to better connect with your inner self.
  • Information diet: managing the quantity and quality of content you consume.
  • Structured distraction: Instead of forcing ourselves to work through fatigue and demotivation, make sure to take creative breaks.

Removing yourself from the cycle is never impossible. Many people experience the same thing you do, so don't give up on yourself.

We often find ourselves stuck in limbo whenever we try to get back up to work. Herewith, it is important to let close friends and family know that you need their support and that you should also allow yourself to take a break from working to make space for self-reflection. After all, once you've navigated through your issues on perfectionism or external pressure, start with small projects or the basics and work from there on forward.

Remember that creative burnout is a temporary state of mind.

Creative Burnout

There are many symptoms to this cause but we must understand first what creative burnout is. It is the state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion around creative working.

More than many of us experience creative burnout from time to time. However, we must keep in mind that having a creative burnout does not mean we are lazy or that we do not care about our work. Be kind to yourself.

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Understand your limitations

Burnout occurs when job demands consistently outweigh the resources available. The first thing you need to do is to set proper limits.

When you limit your time spent on specific tasks, you give yourself permission to make choices. Instead of fighting perfectionism for example, you learn to stop when things are good enough.

Burnout

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Burnout is a syndrome resulting from chronic workplace stress that one has failed to manage.

We may think that burnout, due to work or even otherwise, is something that only happens to others. Studies show that the burnout prevalence rates are 69 percent in the workforce which includes teachers and medical interns.

The traditional definition of burnout

Burnout can be defined as a combination of exhaustion, cynicism, and inefficiency. People who feel burned out may experience a lack of emotional energy to attend to their work, withdraw from colleagues and customers, and may feel incompetent as a result.

But not everyone experiences burnout in the same way. A better framework can help to understand the many subtypes of burnout.

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