Raise your hand if you’re tired.
I’m sitting in my car, faced with the age old dilemma. Like all writers, I have that nagging, unavoidable urge to write but have just one problem- I have no idea what to write about.
Lately I’ve been pushing myself to improve my brand with very few breaks. I’ve been mercilessly brainstorming and planning but haven’t truly sat down to just write. I have ideas and topics that I’m passionate about but am struggling to find the sentences and structure to put it all together.
This isn’t new to me by any means. And of course, it’s not new to anybody I imagine. It’s a pretty demoralizing feeling, being unable to push through the obstacles that prevent you from doing the thing that you love most.
Whether or not you’re a creator, this is an incredibly common experience. No matter what you’re passionate about, you’re bound to reach a point where you’re on the verge of throwing your laptop (or guitar or sketchbook) across the room and deciding that you’ll never pick it back up again. Say it with me guys- burnout.
I’m trying to force my way through burnout by regurgitating my thoughts on the subject publicly on the Internet. But please don’t assume that trudging your way through your work- most likely producing subpar results- is the way to combat burnout. It’s essential to take care of yourself along the way.
Sometimes, burnout is simply the result of lack of self care. Like I mentioned above, I hit the ground running when I started my freelance business and haven’t given myself much of a chance to rest. But think about it- how can you produce quality content when you’re so exhausted you’re rethinking your entire career choice?
Take some time to yourself that doesn’t involve your passion. Sounds ironic, but sometimes all you need is to take a step away from the thing that you love in order to grow that love. I do still journal often, but there’s no pressure. I also recommend meditation, but I’ve only just dipped my toe into it so I’m definitely not an expert and know that it’s not for everyone.
Don’t give up on your dreams, but you’re far more likely to if you don’t take care of yourself in the meantime. Take a walk, take a bath, take a breath, and then get back to work on that thing that gives your life meaning.