Creativity is vital to us who depend on it to make a living and important for those who rely on the creative industry. We all know that creative genius must be nourished and protected to thrive. Recently, I noticed my own creativity was languishing away with the constant onslaught of a new crisis around every corner. I felt helpless, then I caught a local NEWS station reporting on Crisis Fatigue. In this segment, a psychologist gave the usual cliché remedies to alleviate Crisis Fatigue, but not how to eliminate it. I found this advice extremely irritating and unhelpful. It made me look inward and empowered me to take back control.
Crisis Fatigue was killing my creativity. I had to take realistic steps to eliminate Crisis Fatigue and rescue my creativity from the brink of death. I'd like to share the four strategies I used to win the battle against Crisis Fatigue. What doesn't work, what you need stop doing, what you should be doing, and a few questions to ask when confronted with a crisis.
This won't breathe life back into your creativity | Wix Images
1. What Doesn't Work
You need to know what doesn't work. The psychologist, in the NEWS segment, suggested that doing the simple practices listed above could fend off #CrisisFatigue. Although these are good habits, they won't do much to breathe life back into your creativity. You will end up with more stress, pressure, and guilt.
Don't watch the NEWS | Wittner Design
2. Do Not
Watch the NEWS, read the NEWS, talk about the NEWS, look at the NEWS feed, be around the NEWS, or think about the NEWS. The NEWS is only concerned about their bottom line (most of the NEWS has little effect on your daily life and you can’t do much about it anyways)
Watch Scary Movies
Watch nature films. These films will lull you into serenity then hold you personally responsible for destroying the planet and surrounding solar system
Neglect your own crisis, deadlines, and responsibilities
Talk it Out
Engage in Politics
Listen to gossip
Impose your own values onto someone else
Associate with or listen to people who sell fear or hate
Waste time listening to negative, non-peaceful people, and self appointed keepers of ‘the moral code’
Blindly take on someone else's cause
Skip a meal or go on a diet
Hang around others who are suffering from Crisis Fatigue.
If you do any of the above listed activities, you will drive the dagger of Crisis Fatigue
deeper into your creative soul.
Hang with people who are accustomed to courage | BiG RoK Design
Cull Your Social Media Feeds, only relevant, inspirational, and joy filled feeds, follows, and friends from now on
If you absolutely need a NEWS headline fix, catch it at the beginning of the day, and then forget about it. Don’t wait until before you go to bed, you’ll never get to sleep
Get some exercise by walking away from anything that doesn’t make you laugh, smile, love, feel better, inspire you, or fill you with awe
Hang out with joyful, loving, authentic, and optimistic people who are accustomed to courage
Spend time with babies, kids, and pets
Watch mindless, absurdly funny, wholesome, non politically motivated shows, cartoons, and videos
Play your favorite music loud
Get your deadlines done on time
These are a few simple things you can do to limit your crisis exposure and to breathe life back into your creativity.
"I have a few questions" | Wix Images
If you’re unable to avoid crisis exposure and are unsure how to react, ask yourself a few of these insightful questions.
4. Ask Questions
Is this my crisis
Should I feel guilty
Am I responsible for this
Am I able to do anything about it
Does it directly affect me or my loved ones
Does it affect my community
Does engaging in this crisis take me away from what’s important to me
Will engaging in this crisis make my life better and help me achieve my goals
Do I have time to take this crisis on
Is it my business
Would things be better if I minded my own business
Some of the questions may seem selfish, but it is your creativity, it belongs to you and depends on you to nourish it and keep it safe. After answering these questions it will become apparent if a crisis is real, imagined, exaggerated, or yours. With honest and objective answers you'll equip yourself with the insight and courage needed to move forward and away from crisis.
Don't let Crisis Fatigue own the playing field. By winning the battle your creative spirit will be alive, safe, and productive under your protective care.
"If the sun refuses to rise tomorrow, rest in the knowledge that it’s not your responsibility to make it rise."
- Unknown - (but probably from someone's Dad)
Written by Wendy Wittner | Illustrator, Graphic Designer | April 2021