Why I Take Breaks From Creating

Jordan Mendiola

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Creators can’t go 100 miles per hour 24/7 and continue to do a great job without necessary breaks.

For the past 5 years of my life, I’ve been doing something creative. My hobbies included photography, YouTube, marketing, and now, blogging.

Within each of my creative outlets, I have hit burnout — a wall of overwhelm where nothing makes sense anymore, flow is erased, and I feel more forced than excited.

I’d like to share a few reasons why creators need to take breaks.

Creating requires a lot of brainpower, and without breaks, you’re gonna go crazy.

To express your creative side at your full potential, you’re going to need a little pullback to continue going.

Just like with stocks, every great run-up and uptrend needs a healthy little pullback from time to time.

Mentally preparing myself for every creative project takes energy, motivation, and willingness. It doesn’t come out of thin air.

Breaks give you time to miss creating and it enhances your energy once you return to it.

Every few months, I take an entire week away from blogging to re-wire my brain into thinking that creativity isn’t a chore, but a privilege.

For the entire week, I’ll allocate more energy in more meaningful directions like my girlfriend, my family, stocks, my fitness, and myself.

Without these breaks, I’d go crazy and feel like I need to fall in love with creating when really, it needs to come from within.

You owe it to yourself not to overdo it and risk burnout.

Any creator can relate to being burnt out. If they say they haven’t, they’re lying. It can be a very mentally draining hobby or career.

This is why we musicians, YouTubers, actors, writers, and so many more different creators take a step back from time to time.

Justin Bieber took nearly a year-long break from making music to focus on himself and his happiness then came back even stronger with some bangers.

Final Thought

No matter what type of creative outlet you have requires a break from time to time. Your mental health and creative brainpower is a muscle that needs to relax.

Without putting your mind at ease, you’re going to hit a brutal roadblock and possibly never get back on track.

Self-awareness with your creative brainpower is going to help you succeed and prosper long into the future as long as you remember to take breaks.

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Creative entrepreneur, U.S. Army Engineer, and dedicated runner. Committed to sharing ideas that lead to more fulfillment in all areas of life. Email: mendiola1829@gmail.com 08.18.20 ?

Chicago, IL

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