For the last two months, I have blogged every Sunday, and every Sunday, I have enjoyed it. I love the challenge of blogging, finding the perfect picture, sharing my work on social media and being the proud owner of a blog. But the last couple days have been rough personally and professionally, and that has resulted in a level of creative exhaustion I don’t usually experience.
Creative exhaustion, burn out, just being sheer tired is nothing new to me. I’m not always tired and busy, and I dislike talking about being tired and busy because that doesn’t help anyone. But I am genuinely tired. I am too tired to have done the research and come up with a blog post this week. I am to tired to have written this in advance. I am too tired after a week of feeling like I’ve been run over by a truck to give this any serious thought. But I’m here, doing it anyway.
I have been here before. I spent most of 2016 not working on any creative projects. The end of a relationships, having 3 different jobs throughout the year, and just a genuinely rough end to the year did not bode well for being creatively driven.
I’m supposed to be happy right now. I love my jobs, I love my partner, but by the end of the day, I have nothing to pour back out. I wake up in the morning and pound out work for either job, and what little energy I have left, I spend with people I love. But I want to finish my book.
I have a plan for the next week to really bring myself back together and nip this creative exhaustion in the bud:
- Get enough sleep. When I’m not sleeping much, I tend to get less done, not more.
- Go to the gym. When I work out, I have more energy, and don’t feel guilty about not going to the gym.
- Eat actual food. The last several weeks have found me drinking lots of coffee and eating cup of noodle and not actually eating vegetables.
- Designate one hour for creativity every day. My days are already quite full, but I deserve to give my book just as much time as my jobs, because I want that to be a job.
I have to take care of myself to produce actual work, and designating time for work is going to be critical moving forward. I am hoping taking care of myself mentally will impact how I out pour, and next week(or the week after). I’ll check in and talk about this reset.