Take a break and reignite your creativity.
In this newsletter we talk about how to maximise your creativity and avoid burnout.
This has been a tumultuous year and now we are finally in the last quarter of this year, it’s time to wind down a bit and take care of our mental and physical well-being.
Being a creator in this dynamic digital world is demanding to say the least. And in order to stay at the top of your game and adapt to the ever-changing algorithms and features one must actively take efforts to rejuvenate their creative energies. One of the biggest struggles many creators face especially in their beginning years is creative burnout. Creative burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion around creative work. The symptoms can be hard to pinpoint, and the potential causes are many.
One of the most effective ways of overcoming creative burnout is by taking a break.
“Relaxing and social breaks have been found to be particularly beneficial. A relaxing break can help to facilitate recovery, by returning your mental and psychical functional systems to their baseline. Additionally, a relaxing break can help to reset your mood, thereby promoting positive wellbeing and reducing stress.”
Taking a break helps in:
Reducing Stress- Stress can severely affect your performance and hinder your creative abilities leaving less space for spontaneous and innovative thinking. Stress also overwhelms you making you prone to emotional breakdowns and mood fluctuations. Taking a break declutters your brain and refreshes your creativity, filling you with new vigor and enthusiasm.
More Headspace- Naturally once you are able to declutter your head of the unnecessary noise and accumulated stress of day-to-day life, you will feel lighter and more in control of things that you need to do. Once you regain positive headspace, things won’t be as harder.
Increase in Productivity- It is kind of paradoxical that all of us want to be more productive and yet we do the things that ultimately jeopardize our productivity. In the long term, balanced life and a stress-free environment are crucial for productivity.
We are often in the habit of ignoring the needs of our body until it compounds into something grave. And this is what happens with creative blocks and burnout as well. They lead to a loss in our passion. We lose our craving, our adventurous spirit, our love for artistic pursuits little by little every day bogged down by the realities of life. Taking a much-needed break, therefore, re-ignites our passionate appetite bringing us in tune with our creative instincts once again.
To the creative mind, seconds are not equal. An hour spent writing when you're sharp in the morning can be worth three hours of writing when you're tired in the evening. An hour spent writing at the tail end of a retreat, when you have the context of an entire book loaded into your mind, can be worth ten hours of ordinary writing time.
We wanted to know about your experience with stress and the importance of breaks. So we put out an Instagram story on our official handle asking about the same. Here are some of the most intriguing responses:
“I prioritize breaks as much as I prioritize work otherwise I can’t be great at what I do…” - @shruticreatescontent
“I have two off days to just chill and relax during the week.” -@pranjoyy
“I try to take a break once a month at least. Social media can be very exhausting.” -@chitrakriya_
“I think taking a break from the routine is necessary to boost creativity.” -@taware_reva
“I take an indulgent break after every big milestone. I need to acknowledge myself.” -@vaccinesforfear
“It’s (breaks) important, helps to gain more perspective on how we are working on things and where we are headed.” -@mewithapencil
“It is important to let yourself have the break to be able to collect the thoughts you have when you are working on a creative project.” -@nikita22singh96
“I have been advised to take breaks again and again by my friends but I’m not able to.” -@surbhiarora_
“I am so used to working that when I try to take a break I just don’t know what to do with that time.” @crafting_smiles
Yes. A lot of the people struggle with how to fully utilize their breaks and let go of their inhibitions, that’s where Creativegarh comes in.
A program for select few creators, founders, networkers, professionals, on-the-fence creatives, hobbyists, beginners, and seekers. A retreat that takes you on a spiritual journey and helps you travel within and re-discover your passion.
Unravel your creative purpose.
Regain creative confidence.
Accelerate your career growth.
Fast-track your passion project.
Learn to start and grow a creative business.
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