It's super fun to write, draw, and create other forms of art. When you’ve got a lot that you want to get done, however, it can be very tempting to try to do as much as possible at once to make sure nothing gets left behind. But what happens when you go too far? Even when you're doing something that makes you happy, the stress it can cause can have some pretty nasty effects. Sometimes, even when you’re doing things you love, you can wind up feeling exhausted, emotionally drained, less creative, and like you’re unable to meet even your own demands - a nasty phenomenon more commonly called “burnout.” It’s pretty awful, but thankfully it doesn’t have to last forever!
- Take time for yourself.
If you feel yourself getting stressed out over your projects, step back for a little bit. Read a book you like, watch an episode of your favorite show, go for a walk, or do something else relaxing before you go back to it, and remember to give yourself more breaks to make sure you’re not starting to take on more than you can handle. Don’t ignore your responsibilities or ideas, of course, but be sure you’re not neglecting your own mental health to get them done!
As simple as it might sound, sometimes just getting enough sleep can help you recover from burnout. Sometimes stress can make it more difficult to fall asleep, but even if you can’t sleep, just resting as much as you can can still really help. Getting enough rest is one of the best things you can do for yourself in any situation, but when you’re already feeling exhausted it’s even more important to step back and let yourself recharge.
- Talk to someone about it.
If you’re really feeling burned out, talk to a friend or parent about it and they can help you find ways to get back your creative spark that will work especially well for particularly you - everyone’s brains are different, so a solution for you might look very different from one for someone else! One person might get out of their slump by taking a complete break to relax, but someone else might try doing other activities for a while to try to reinvigorate their brain. Trying to figure out a solution with someone else who’s been in a similar situation and knows you well might be a good way to brainstorm a solution!
Burnout is the worst. It can be confusing, tiring, and even scary. But it’s more than possible to recover from its effects, and even to avoid slipping into it in the future when you feel some of its effects starting to set in. Just remember that no matter how awful it may be, it isn't a permanent state, especially if you take care of yourself! Your creative energy can come back, even if its return seems far off right now. Good luck!