Posts tagged: fatigue

How to bust through a creative block

It’s a nightmare scenario: There’s a problem, maybe it’s even a simple problem, but all of your usual methods fail you. You think back to similar situations and still draw a blank on how to fix the problem. You try to will yourself through the issue mentally, but you can’t and start to panic and feel stuck.

Your mouth goes dry and hands start sweating. You feel caught in some kind of feedback loop that begins affecting everything, especially your confidence and self-esteem. You’re too caught up in your panic to envision yourself ever being able to solve another problem or complete another task again. You can’t even come up with a viable solution for lunch. It feels big, but in short, you’re suffering from a creative block.

Creative block affects everyone

You don’t necessarily have to work in a typically “creative” field to experience it. After all, everyone uses creative tools.
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5 ways to catch burnout before it catches you

Long before it became a common part of the workplace lexicon (or modern life, for that matter!), the term “burnout” was most associated with physics.

Here’s how Oxford defines it: “The reduction of a fuel or substance to nothing through use or combustion.”

Of course, it’s more common now to hear burnout used alongside words like fatigue, exhaustion, or collapse. But the original definition might be the best one — we can all relate to the image of our personal energy literally being reduced to nothing through overexertion and constant burning.

Burnout is everywhere

You don’t have to be in a stressful office environment to suffer from burnout; it can stem from home life, constant social interactions or obligations, the political climate, or even social media.

Now consider how blurry the lines between personal and professional have gotten or think about how technology has made it feel like we’re always on the
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