How to Survive Creative Burnout

Scott Berkun is the author of eight popular books on creativity, design, leadership and public speaking – he also knows a thing or two about creative burnout; why it happens, what the signs are, and most importantly, how to overcome it.


Burnout means you’ve pushed your creativity beyond its limit, and you’ll probably be feeling pretty down and hopeless about it. It can affect your job, your relationships and have a huge impact on your general sense of happiness and wellbeing.


Here are some of Berkun’s suggestions for surviving burnout:

  • Plan an escape – take a day off and do the most dramatically easy but fun thing you can think of
  • Laugh – whatever it is you find funny, bring more of it into your life
  • Scream – practice different screams, such as yelling ordinary words (“Papaya!!!”) vs. generic scream sounds (“Aaaaaaaagggh!”)
  • Fun time – how much time per day do you do stuff purely for fun? Just because you like it and for no other reason? Why isn’t this number larger?
  • Sleep & exercise – start taking a walk every day. Go swimming. Have more/better sex. Free up your body, and your mind will follow
  • Travel – get in the car, pick a direction, and drive. Grab friends, or not. Bring food, or not. Play music really loud, or just roll down the windows, and stick your head out (pssst.. this is a good time to scream).

Have a read of Berkun’s (rather long, but brilliant) essay on creative burnout via the link below…

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