I came across the term ‘Magic Burn-out’ in a Netflix originated series called “The Worst witch”.
I couldn’t help but relate this Magical burn-out concept with the art blocks that I occasionally get.
An art block (also known as a creative block) is a period of time when an artist cannot access their creativity and/or they cannot bring themselves to create a new piece of work.
Being in a creative journey as an artist, I often encountered days when I didn’t feel like doing anything at all. The things which used to get me up and running with high levels of dopamine started to seem like a source for draining out all of the energy left. Comes with this the feeling of not being good enough to create something new and thus leading to a mental breakdown at times.
In an era where creating more is valued over the ‘Creating best’, we start becoming the rabbits in a race which no one told us to get enrolled into. Such habits often lead us into the black hole of a toxic burn-out. An art-block can get worse if we are creating more art forcefully just to be in the race and keep seeking approval from people about ‘if the art is good or not’.
I follow these five steps for overcoming this magic burn-out:
- Take a stroll around the neighborhood/ garden or any place you like where you can resonate a little more with yourself.
- Avoid social media for a particular duration.
- Explore new songs and genres.
- Write a daily journal/ make notes.
- Read a new book/ old books which you loved.
Resonating with yourself is a must when going through a magic burn-out. We often lose our magic/ our creative processing because of the overclouded judgements and opinions of others. A place where you can be a little more yourself, can help a lot.
Remember, “location has Energy and Time has Memory”- Jay Shetty
Reverberate with the energy from such locations where you can feel peaceful. Don’t let your magic burn-out. But if it does, do believe that you can ignite it back again by following the above simple steps or even by creating your own.
(PS: The above steps are just to help you get an idea of how easily we can overcome an art-block by just being ourselves.)