I’ve gone through a really hard period lately where depression killed my ability to write, or crit, or do anything productive at all. I really do think there are times when life is so overwhelming it can cause a state of emotion that’s debilitating. Frustration, discouragement, depression–these are all emotions that can cripple your ability to write or do anything creative.
So what is the best thing to do when this happens?
- First, it’s important to remember that the body and mind need to rest periodically. Sometimes we have so much on our plate that we forget this.
- Sometimes writing or creating can be therapeutic. Writing something, even something that might not be all that great, in the midst of deep emotion can be cathartic.
- It’s important to concentrate on the thought that nothing lasts forever. Sometimes it feels like it. It may even get worse, but nothing lasts forever.
- (Reread #1) Let yourself realize that it’s ok to just take a break, to rest, to not do anything until your body and mind have rested enough.
Last, but not least, make certain there’s someone you can go to, someone you can confide in about what’s dragging you down. Often, connecting with others speeds the healing process more than anything else.