Burnout can come in many different forms for musicians. It might manifest as writer’s block, or the feeling of being overworked, or perhaps financial stress has taken its toll. For whatever reason, burnout can be difficult to manage however, you don’t have to go through it alone.
Here are some tips to help battle the burnout:
- Take some time away from your work.
For a lot of musicians, it’s hard to draw the line between creating music as part of your job and writing music for yourself or for fun. Even if you do enjoy it, it’s important to have a life outside of music.
- Financial Stress
Financial stress is not something new to musicians. Almost every week in the U.K there seems to be a new report about funding cuts or lack of work for people within the arts sector. It’s a difficult situation to be in and there is no easy answer to secure a financially stable future however, planning your jobs out in advance can certainly help ease your mind about where the gaps are and perhaps spark a few ideas on how to fill them.
- Remember why you started
When you’re in the midst of a burnout it’s often hard to see the positives. If you take five minutes out of your day, try to write down or at least think about why you decided to create a career in music. Hopefully you’ll remember the positive reasons for wanting to be a musician.
Good luck and just remember you’re not alone: this too shall pass.
Jen Athan is a composer and producer based in Glasgow. Her work spans many different styles and genres and typically features her love of sampling and experimenting with new sounds. She has written music for theatre shows and short films and enjoys creating music to accompany a narrative.