Five different ways that creative people burnout or crash, and what we can do to prevent this.

image of painted human figure, expressive.
work in progress, clay slip and charcoal on inkjet | © Lucy Wills 2018

We are all creative, and in our own different ways, yet for those of us who put our heart and soul into the work we do to earn a living, certain risks go along with the rewards. Or do they?

Why are there so many good articles about how to deal with burnout, but not so many that take a good hard look at how it can creep up on us?

Is it really right that burnout and related mental health issues are seen as the inevitable price that we pay for genius, and for doing great, inspired work?

Why is it accepted that creative people ‘think different’ but not understood that we might need to evolve how we relate to our works and ourselves?

We owe it to ourselves and to others to take a systemic view, and to examine the expectations and assumptions that might be getting in the way.

This blog post examines five of them.

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