DEALING WITH CREATIVE BURNOUT
At the end of this post you will find a link to a terrific series of videos by artist Alisa Burke, who is sharing her Five Top Tips for "Coping With Creative Burnout" in her blog today. Thank you, Alisa!
There are 6 videos. Note that the first one sets context about how she experiences burnout (I thought this was interesting, but if necessary, you could skip it and just go to videos 2-7), and the other 5 are between 3 minutes and 7 minutes long, one for each of her Five Tips. If you don't have time to watch the videos, there's a brief summary of each tip on the page also.
She knows the symptoms she experiences when burnout is coming on.
This raised a bunch of questions for me: What are my symptoms when I am starting to burn out? (Ask yourself this question. I'd love to see your responses) Do I "see it coming?"
What advice do I give myself when burnout happens? Does this advice work?
What advice would I share with others, if any?
And other questions: Does burnout happen to everyone? Is it a normal phase that we should expect and accept periodically?
What do you notice when you are about to burn out, and how do you cope with it? I've seen many references to this by artists, some of whom go for just a day or a week, but some of whom go for months or a year or more.
Here is the link to her fascinating videos: Coping With Burnout
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I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society