How to turn your burnouts into a self discovery time.

Updated: Dec 15, 2019

How to do something your passionate about without having a burnout. First I think the best way to approach this topic is the definition of a burnout as an artist.  Creative burnout can be defined as that heavy feeling of exhaustion and lack of interest in the work that you do. Creative Burnout tends to be particularly heart breaking because artists are very passionate. 

As an artist myself I had only had two burnout's that lasted for a long period of time and unfortunately they were also caused by my mental health. I have PTSD and Bipolar disorder so my depressive states sometimes are very crippling to me. During these times I find that I get super frustrated because I use my art as a way of copping with my mental health. So during a burnout last year I had in March right after I turned 21 years old found out I was pregnant and in a abusive relationship. On top of the already pile of emotions I had going on I found out one of my sister had passed away. So art became a crutch for me and my emotions only what I didn't realize is that I had become burned out from making art constantly.

During those next two months I decided on a few things. I could not use my art as my only copping skill because that's how I found myself in this burnout of going through the motions of making art and not enjoying it. The other thing I learned is that I needed to do art projects focused toward me and what I like and wanted to create. It may seem selfish but try to do this exercise and you will maybe discover that you miss making art for yourself not with the soul intention to have to make a YouTube video or having to post it on social media. 

For me during this time I did some refocusing on my art goals and the goals of my business.  I decided that I needed to do some re-branding to my business model and it allowed me to recenter my focus it gave me more hope that I would come out of this burnout stronger than ever and guess what I did. I built my website during this time as a hub for gathering all my creative social medias to one webpage. I also started my art Instagram in May of 2019. In September of 2019 I made my Twitter account also in the month of September I made my first artwork sell. When most people hear the word burnout they see it as a negative term not as a potential blessing to rediscover a piece of who you are and why yo