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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Marr

Avoiding Creative Burnout: 3 Easy Tips

Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes, but one thing we all have in common is the dreaded burnout you experience when you're just plain tired of being creative!

Whether you're working from home or in the office it can be difficult to maintain a high level of creativity, especially if you've got project deadlines and all the fun stress that accompanies them. That's why I think it's extremely important to come up with routines that allow you to forget about being creative so you can reset and recharge.

Keep reading for 3 easy tips you can use to avoid creative burnout.

#1 - Exercise

Exercise is just as useful for your mind as it is for your body.

You don't have to spend hours at the gym or lift crazy amounts of weight to get a good workout. In fact, there are many quick and effective exercises you can do right from your home or office!

  • Casual or brisk walks around the block (or office)

  • Stretching routines (yes, stretching is exercise!)

  • Bodyweight exercises like squats, planks, crunches, and calf-raises

Keeping a simple daily exercise routine is a great way to give your creativity a break, and routines as short as 5-10 minutes can help you return to your desk refreshed and recharged!

#2 - Technology Pause

Let's face it, we spend more time looking at our smartphones, computers, and TVs than we should, and it's exhausting! Too much sensory input puts a damper on creativity and can lead to frustration, increased stress, and lower productivity.

The best solution? A technology pause! By delegating windows of time throughout the day where you avoid all technology, you'll give your brain some time to relax and recharge.

  • Take a walk without your phone

  • Sit outside and enjoy nature (or people watch)

  • Don't use your phone on your lunch break

There are many creative ways you can avoid technology throughout the day, all of which will help you boost your productivity!

#3 - Meditation

Much like the technology pause, meditation allows you to escape the sensory overload of your environment by taking a brief break from your responsibilities for a moment.

There are many meditation routines you can perform in 5-10min that will have a positive impact on your mental health and productivity. If you're new to meditation, there are many great apps like Insight Timer that will help you discover how easy it is to get started!

As someone who is no stranger to tight deadlines and creative blocks, implementing as little as 5-10 minutes per day to take my mind off things allows me to re-center and come back to my responsibilities with a renewed sense of purpose!

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