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They Say Business Isn’t Personal, But for Creatives, It’s Deeply Emotional

June 5, 2024

I’m Nelett
You're powerful, way more than you might think. And in this cozy corner of the internet, I'm all about keeping you inspired, pumped, and ready to take on the world.
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It’s shocking but true – 80% of freelancers experience burnout due to emotional stress! As designers, our work is a reflection of our soul, making our business journeys deeply personal and profoundly emotional.

The Highs: Elation, Satisfaction, Validation

When you bring an idea to life, it’s like seeing the first rays of the sun after a long night. That moment when a client says, “This is just what I imagined!” or when your design gets the appreciation it deserves, it’s pure joy. This is why we do what we do. It’s the soul-food that nourishes our creative spirits.

The Lows: Doubt, Insecurity, Burnout

But what about those times when your mind goes blank? When ideas don’t flow, or worse, when the world doesn’t seem to understand or value your vision? Doubt creeps in. Is our work not good enough? Maybe we aren’t good enough?

Remember, these phases are as much a part of the creative process as the highs. Embrace them. They’re not just obstacles, but signs that guide us towards self-awareness and growth.

Embracing Vulnerability: The Beauty in Being Open

In an industry where your work is an extension of yourself, rejection can hurt. But here’s the thing – your vulnerability is your superpower. It’s what makes your work genuine, relatable, and beautiful. It’s what sets you apart from the rest. Celebrate that vulnerability, and you’ll discover a resilience you never knew you had.

Building Emotional Resilience: The Silent Guardian

The rollercoaster of emotions is inevitable, but how we deal with them is a choice.
It’s essential to have a toolkit for emotional resilience:

  1. Connect: Reach out and talk to fellow creatives. Share your wins, your struggles, and your wild ideas. Learn from their journeys and let their stories inspire you. Building a community isn’t just about networking—it’s about finding your tribe, those who truly get what it’s like to walk in your shoes.
  2. Reflect: Keep a journal and make it your creative sanctuary. Pour your thoughts onto the pages, whether it’s a scribble of an idea or a deep dive into your feelings. Writing is more than just therapeutic; it’s a way to clear the mental clutter and find clarity. You’ll be surprised how often the act of writing sparks new ideas and insights.
  3. Recharge: Don’t forget to take breaks—real, meaningful breaks. Step away from your screen, go for a walk, breathe in the fresh air, or indulge in a hobby you love. A refreshed mind is a powerhouse of creativity. It’s during these moments of rest that your best ideas often come to life, so embrace the downtime as part of your creative process.
  4. Mindfulness: Practice mindfulness or meditation to stay grounded. Even a few minutes a day can help you manage stress, stay focused, and maintain emotional balance. There are plenty of apps and resources out there to guide you, so find what works best for you and make it a habit.
  5. Seek Inspiration: Surround yourself with things that inspire you. Visit galleries, read books, listen to music, explore nature or read magazines. Inspiration often strikes when you least expect it, and exposing yourself to new experiences can reignite your creative spark.
  6. Healthy Lifestyle: Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. Physical well-being is closely tied to emotional health, and taking care of your body can significantly boost your resilience.
  7. Set Boundaries: Learn to say no and set boundaries to protect your time and energy. It’s okay to turn down projects or social engagements that drain you. Prioritise what truly matters and gives you joy.
  8. Celebrate Wins: Take time to celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they seem. Recognise your progress and reward yourself for your hard work. This practice boosts your morale and reminds you of your capability and growth.

The Importance of Fun: Laughing Through the Chaos

In the chaos of deadlines and endless client calls, don’t forget to have a little fun. Remember the pure, child-like joy of hanging out with friends, diving into a great book, or simply losing yourself in a moment of laughter. Embrace that joy. Laugh off your mistakes and savor the journey.

Being a creative entrepreneur isn’t just a job; it’s a calling. It’s a wild dance of passion, persistence, and raw emotion. Sure, the emotional rollercoaster can be intense at times, but it’s this journey that is the destination, hones our craft, and makes our stories unforgettable.

Embrace every moment and let it fuel not just the work you do, but your whole life.

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Hi there, I'm Nelett, and I'm a designer just like you. Life's always changing, and being a designer can feel like a wild ride. But we're more than that, aren't we? We're caregivers, friends, and life lovers who find joy in more than just our work. We're all on this journey, each in our own way, but somehow, we're together in it.

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