You land your dream job. You get along with your coworkers and your boss is awesome. Things are basically going perfect and you are walking on clouds as soon as you toss your lunch into the company refrigerator every day, but then something happens. It may be a year or two later, but something changes. You can’t pinpoint a specific event or person and the job is still the same – awesome. You suddenly have lost your enthusiasm. You feel the effects of a burnout.
“How is this possible,” you may ask. “I am working my dream job.” Well, there are two things that can cause this:
1. You are the type of person that should be working for yourself.
2. You don’t have a creative outlet.
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The Creative Outlet
Let’s focus on number 2. As creatives, we deal with people who don’t understand what we do or how we do it. Clients and coworkers alike often dismiss our job as either fluff and unimportant, or totally incredible. Either way, they usually can’t relate to us on certain crucial matters.
This can be offset by other creatives if you are on a team, but eventually the feeling will still come. So how do we solve this problem? Most artists combat this with a creative outlet, which is something they do that is unrelated to their job, where they have complete control. No one will tell them how to design or create. It could be playing music, building model airplanes, being a one man band in the street, or anything else, but it must be something you enjoy doing. A creative outlet is one of those hobbies that makes you lose track of time or forget why you were angry just five minutes ago.
Who has time for this? I’m talking about playtime here. Well, this playtime will help your happiness, health, and creativity. Believe me, it is well worth the time as it will improve your overall outlook on life and give you more enthusiasm for other parts of your routine.
Think of It Like Exercise
When you do physical activity, your body releases endorphins which give you relaxed, happy feelings. You also have more energy if you are on a regular exercise routine. Exercise builds your strength and stamina and all of these benefits are true for your creative outlet. You will feel better, have more energy, and be able to bear the burdens of the day.
Take the time to do the things you enjoy, especially if they seem trivial and a waste of time. When you partake in a creative outlet, you are recharging and taking care of yourself which, like a creative vacation, will send you back into your work refreshed and ready to thrive.