Why do people burn out?
People burn out when they spend too much time and energy working on something. It's quite common for artists to feel a creative buzz and just want to work as much as they can. They do this because they want to be as productive as possible while they're still in the zone. Then they burn out because they've pushed themselves too far. As much as they want to carry on working, their body simply has other ideas.
Feel the creativity
By all means when you're feeling creative, make the most of it. There have been many times when for the life of me I just couldn't feel creative enough to do anything! I know as well as anyone that you have to make the most of the creative buzz when you have it. There's no telling when it will come and there's no telling how long it will last. What you have to do is make sure you don't burn out - if you burn out, you're going to waste valuable time and that's going to get you down even more. Burning out affects your motivation and can affect the quality of your work.
Get some balance
To avoid burning out, all you need to do is establish some balance in your routine. It's not healthy for anyone to work themselves to the bone, no matter how creative they're feeling. If you just don't feel up to it, simply take a step back and do something else. Catch up with friends, take a long walk, treat yourself to some food you really shouldn't eat or simply watch loads of telly. There's nothing like taking a break then coming back with fresh motivation, new ideas and more determination than before!
Don't feel guilty
So what if you're spending time not working? It's alright to enjoy some you time every now and then. Your work will be waiting for you when you're ready to get started again. Taking a break helps clear your head and gets you motivated for when you do resume working. It's much better to take breaks and enjoy different things. We all need to recharge our batteries every so often and it feels great when they're fully charged and you're ready to go.
Pacing and variety are good
So now that you know how not to work yourself to the bone, you can take full advantage of your next creative buzz. Work hard while you feel inspired, but don't be so hesitant to take a break to refresh and recharge your batteries. It's much better and healthier to tackle work in this way. Slow down if you have to and don't work yourself up by devoting all your time and energy to working.
Joanne Perkins is a Berkshire-based artist with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and specialises in painting Berkshire landscapes. She is happy to accept all queries and questions. For more information about Joanne, her work and her current projects visit: http://joannesberkshirescenes.com/default.aspx