A Tel Aviv University study led by Anne Fisher posed these five questions (slightly modified for our purposes), asking participants;-
- How often are you tired and lacking energy to go to work in the morning?
- How often do you feel physically drained, as if your batteries were dead?
- How often is your thinking process sluggish or your concentration impaired?
- How often do you struggle to think over complex problems at work?
- How often do you feel emotionally detached from colleagues or patients and unable to respond to their needs?
When we started DermaNuva, it was essentially a process to look for a way out of burnout. The challenge to start this business and making all different angles fit together, including making a medical and an aesthetic practice work well together was a creative process.
The treatment for burnout was in the creative process not in the final product.
The point is; being creative will take care of burnout.
Here are a few tips for managing it;
Whenever you’re challenged to create something, ask yourself: What’s the most outrageous, preposterous, and nonsensical thing I can come up with?
Change the ways you do things, take another road to town, watch TV with one eye or read while you are on the toilet.
Creativity usually comes with practice. If you want to be creative at something do it again and again. The more you do it the more creative you become.
There’s one more thing that you need to know before you let your creativity flow. Listen to your heart! Listen to the rain! Listen to the voices in your brain!
Spend time around creative people. The most reliably creative people are children. Their imaginations aren’t boxed in, and “mind merging” with them can remind you of what it’s like to think outside the box.
If you have problems being creative, look inside yourself. Everyone is creative, but if you don’t think you’re ‘good’ enough to be creative, then chances are you won’t be able to be as creative.