How artists can beat burnout

How artists can beat burnout
(Image credit: Miguel Ycasiano)

You love making art. But one day you wake up, and you just… can't. What's happening? Well, it could be burnout. Far from being just a trendy buzzword, burnout is a state of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion that we all feel from time to time.

There's no shame in admitting that you're suffering from burnout, but there's also no harm in knowing how to beat it. In honour of Mental Health Awareness Week, we present tips from leading creatives to help your artistry thrive under pressure. But first, let's find out what exactly burnout is and why artists are so prone to it.

If you want some help managing your stress levels and preventing burnout then check out our list of the best mindfulness apps. Or find relaxation through art with these brilliant how to draw tutorials.

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Tom May

Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity, published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.