Lessons, musings and advice from the author of ‘The Life I Won’
Having successfully run my first weekend retreat in my ‘mini castle’ (let me hear you say YAY!!)
One of the biggest lessons was how fatigued my clients felt coming out of creative flow and how I could help them with this.
Creative flow is a wonderful place to be, in fact, scientists have recently revealed that it is one of the most addictive states a human being can experience. Any state of addictive high must have a low that follows. If we look at the behaviour of drug and alcohol addicts, they are dependent on the substance to bring them to a comfortable state, outside of that state they are depressed and in physical pain. This can also be true for many creatives outside of the creative flow state.
History supports this when we look at the plight of the artist outside of their creative flow state. Van Gogh would destroy his own work and lived for his art but was also tortured by it. Many musicians have taken their own lives when they faced the mediocrity of the world’s reality. There is a narrative throughout history underlining the dark and light side of creativity and how it can impact the creative mind.
What I observed in the ladies who attended my first weekend retreat was a level of fatigue they were unprepared for. This was particularly true for the women who would not class themselves as traditionally creative and who were doing things they had not done before such as painting and designing. Even after just a couple of hours of creating they needed a break and a nap.
I have found this myself over the years, I may be in flow for days and my output is high, and I am highly motivated, then I need a couple of days to recharge my energy and sometimes can’t get off the couch for an entire day!
So, how do you manage this ebb and flow that goes hand in hand with creativity?
Here are my top tips to help you to manage your state and help you stay in peak performance for longer.
As a creative you are using extreme amounts of mental energy in the creative process. Scientists have identified that there are three areas of the brain, which normally handle different tasks, that come together and work as a team when you are in creative flow. This means that your brain is working at triple speed as a creative, no wonder we experience fatigue.
But it is how we ‘manage’ ourselves that will allow us to experience a calmer and more enriched balance when it comes to our creative genius. You are most definitely worth the effort, so give it a try and let me know if these tips help.