Everyone needs a distraction from work, family and other commitments that keep us running ragged and stressed out. Brain overload from being constantly tuned in and fully committed to task after task eventually leads to burn out. Without a distraction from that, cognitive thought becomes dull and mundane. We have no energy left to put into new and innovative ideas. If you’re a writer, you know what this means for you. Writer’s block. If writing is your creative outlet, you’ll need to find a secondary outlet for pulling you away from tasks and stressors. It’s like having bubblegum for your brain to chew on.
Take, for example, my early years as an unpublished writer. Writing was my distraction. It was something I could do, just me and the keyboard, shutting out the rest of the world. Now, nearly two decades later, I’ve lost count of the articles I’ve had published. Writing was no longer just a creative outlet, so I began crocheting again. I learned this craft when I was fourteen and just stopped doing it when life became too busy. After my children left the nest and had families of their own, I had more time on my hands. Not only do I work a full-time job, I continued to write and explore areas of crafting. I learned how to knit, sew, quilt and I learned how to do stained glass from a leading expert in stained glass restoration. There’s something about the solitude of creating something out of fiber but, cutting and working with glass is a world in and of itself. From the moment my glass cutter touches the glass, I’m changing the molecular structure and scoring the surface for a clean break. As I carefully work with the glass and fitting the pieces together like a puzzle, it requires full concentration. When I am ready to leave the work for a time, my brain is rejuvenated and ready for life’s commitments again. The value of finding such an outlet is best described in the quote below.
“Find your creative outlet and plug into it. Otherwise, you may just short-circuit.”