We’re all breathing a collective sigh of relief as 2020 comes to a close. Many of us are hopeful for a better start come 2021, but until then, burnout and exhaustion remain our close friends.
A book, some wine or a beach day might be enough to keep the burnout at bay for the majority of us, but creatives—whose livelihoods are reliant on maintaining endless amounts of creativity and passion, irrespective of lockdowns—have had to employ some more interesting techniques.
We spoke to three creatives from the Gen.T community across Asia to hear how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted them and what steps they took to protect their passion. For some, the pandemic served as an opportunity to stop, slow down and reflect on their lives and their work—resulting in some pretty incredible artistic breakthroughs. Here’s what we learned.
TAKE THIS TIME TO RE-EVALUATE YOUR WORK AND DEVELOP YOUR SKILLS ACCORDINGLY
Singaporean artist who uses her work to make powerful social commentary
Self-care definitely came to the forefront during this period as I reassessed my work and lifestyle. Physical activity helped regulate my mood and I observed how taking care of my body greatly improved my mental health. This was the first and most important step.
I then picked up a new skill that I had put off due to prior commitments, which in my case was 3D modelling. I’ve always loved to sculpt and started to see certain limitations in the work I wanted to create. I decided to learn this skill to better adapt to the changing times.
One of the biggest things this led to was re-evaluating the work I was putting out. I started asking personal questions and revisited old concepts I loved and neglected. I learnt a lot more about my passions in the process and focused my energy on creating more personal work, challenging myself with new concepts and techniques I would have otherwise taken a longer time to develop without this extra time. I learnt what I liked and what I disliked, and developed those further.
In short, this period of time has taught me to take better care of myself and my headspace in order to continue doing what I love.