May’s Theme: Burnout / Motivation

One of my biggest struggles over the past few years has been creative burnout (or maybe burnout in general). I’ve spent the last 10 years continually churning out content without much of a break. I’m not complaining, I love what I do. I’ve just had to get comfortable knowing that creative burnout is inevitable. The feelings of listlessness, exhaustion, and despair can easily become overwhelming. Sometimes they are so strong I feel like everything I do is worthless. I want to give up. Once that hits, I know it’s a signal that I’m tired and overworked. However, it’s taken me many years to recognize this. Instead of allowing myself to fall into a downward spiral, I’ve created systems for myself to handle the hard times. It doesn’t eradicate my burnout, but it helps to temper it. It sets me up on a new path and helps me to reignite my creative flame.

It feels like millennials are the generation of burnout and Gen Z is learning from our mistakes. They are focused on efficiency and more of a work-life balance. So how can we bounce back from creative burnout and get motivated again? That’s what we will explore on Glitter Guide this month. Things like: surprising causes of creative burnout, how to create a personal retreat, at-home self-care practices for stress, and how to reignite your creative energy when you’re feeling burned out.

I also recognize that during this unprecedented time of COVID-19, we’re probably all feeling extremely fried. This rapid change to our routine and the dramatic effects on our careers and lifestyles are overwhelming. It’s safe to say, this is a time for extreme gentleness and compassion to your community, your family, and, most importantly, to yourself. I hope that the articles we share will not only be applied to your creative endeavors, but to your life in general.

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Author: Taylor Sterling

Taylor Sterling is the founder and creative director of Glitter Guide. When she's not working on all things GG, she can be found reading and sometimes art directing photoshoots for @LolaJayne. She enjoys spending time with her family and eating french fries (not necessarily at the same time, although that's definitely the best combination). Follow her at @TaylorSterling