During wedding season life can get busy, and I hear a lot of photographers lamenting feeling overwhelmed, tired, counting the days until the holidays. Being overwhelmed at times is totally normal, but if you find yourself feeling this way in recurring cycles then you must keep on reading how to avoid photography burnout.
First and foremost, let’s recognize the symptoms of burnout. Fatigue, stress, a sense of uneasiness, difficult sleeping, craving time alone, laziness, feeling unaccomplished, wanting to give-up. If you count at least 3 of these in your current life then you are definitely in a bad place but here are the good news: you’re not alone, a lot of people experience these, and you can manage the situation and fix it, plus you can prevent to feel this way again.
What is the cause of burnout? Well, you’re a business owner, and you’re a creative entrepreneur who’s career is heavily imprinted in the efforts of the mind and a creative talent that must be nurtured. When the time to nurture the creative talent lacks, or when the brain is pushed to the limit, or when the brain is pulled in a lot of different directions all at once, then is natural that we reach a breaking point that we refer to as burnout. A part of the fault for this very common condition is attributable to the digital world we live into, as it has shaped us to believe that busy is good, being busy means being desired, wanted, it’s a sign of success. While moderately that is true, this stigma around being always busy has caused lots of people to throw themselves into work-work-work mode without leaving any time for reflection, making plans, or organizing thoughts.
So, there we go, shoot a wedding, shoot a session, editing, meetings, phone calls, social media, blogging, more photoshoots, and then of course there is your family, the kids, summer, friends, dinners, social gatherings, OMG!!!! I know you’re getting anxiety just reading this!
This anxiety is the last warning call your brain is sending to you. Your mind is really letting you know that needs you to take care of it, otherwise in order to protect itself, it will send you in burnout mode, that is sort of a timeout for disobedient children who didn’t listen to the first 5 reproaches.
So, how to avoid photography burnout? Here is a list of things you can do to prevent it and stay ahead of the curve, recognizing when you’re about to hit the mode and correct your trajectory preventively.
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