The human body can do incredible things. The simple fact that you can develop ideas and create something from a randomly inspired thought is astounding. This is something I believe all of us take for granted. You and I are not at fault for that either. Projects and life can really take us for a crazy ride. The last thing that comes to mind is gratitude when you are in the middle of anything you do. Respecting your limits seems to get left behind.
This is especially true when you get stressed out and burn out from working too hard. You take on too much. Not just at work, but in life. When you want to help others, it’s easy to say yes to everything, because it feels good to help. The problem is that as a human being you have limits. You need to respect your limits. If you don’t, your body will be the first to tell you that you’ve jumped over the limit fence.
Feeling more tired than usual, uninspired, less motivated are just a few symptoms. Sometimes you even get sick when you run yourself dry. The lack of sleep can creep up on you fast. I “perform” best creatively when I keep myself and check and respect my limits. There are simple ways to help respect those limits and nurture your creativity to its fullest potential. Below are a few simple ideas that help me be my creative best.
Ways to nurture creativity.
Understand your limits. This might take some time to figure out. At what point do you feel overwhelmed? When do you feel completely exhausted mentally and physically? Everyone has a different tolerance of exhaustion, just like pain tolerance. Trust your gut and never be afraid to be honest with others when you feel burned out. Once you know your limits, respect them.
Keep a steady pace. All of your abilities are like muscles. The more you work them, the stronger they become. Don’t try to overwork them though. When your limits are set in place you will have enough energy to keep moving forward with projects and personal goals. That’s how true growth happens in what you do. Commitment goes a long way. We all know the saying, “Slow and steady wins.” Trust me. It works.
Smart exhaustion. Once in a while you are going to feel stuck. That keeping a steady pace has caused you to plateau. It sucks when you get to that point. I’ve been there. We all have. This is when you have to do some discovering. Try something new. Do something you’ve never done before. If you’re looking to learn something new, I recommend checking out Skillshare. It has great video lessons and community. Pushing yourself to trying something new can do wonders for how you see and think.
Active and passive rest. Sometimes the best medicine is rest. Passive rest is taking it easy for a weekend. Active rest are things such as going for a walk, hike, or taking a little road trip. Both types of rest can help you refuel physically, mentally, and provide refreshing inspiration.