What happens when you stop loving your job? Or harder still, what happens when you stop loving yourself?
Designer James Greig shares his experience of burning out, quitting his job, and putting his career back together again, plus some of the life experiments he’s run along the way. This is a talk about a part of creative life that people don’t often talk about: creative burnout, depression and mental health.
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Me, myself and I — self-care for the creative soul
What happens when you stop loving your job? Or harder still, what happens when you stop loving yourself? This is a talk about a part of creative life that people don’t often talk about: creative burnout, depression and mental health. I’ll share my experience of burning out, quitting my job, and putting my career back together again, plus some of the life experiments I’ve run along the way. It might hurt like hell, but I believe depression can be seen in a positive light — by approaching it as the first step in rekindling your creative soul.
James Greig is a graphic designer with thirteen years of experience working with a diverse mix of commercial and cultural clients. He is also a writer and the founder of CycleLove. He writes about design, creativity and entrepreneurship on his blog- his newsletters are read by over 1700 subscribers and provides, in our opinion, some of the most honest and thought provoking content on the internet. James also teaches 7 Things You Should Do Before Going Freelance, a free course for anyone considering self-employment.
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If your soul is invisible you need to feed it invisible things like love, laughter and joy. — James Greig
Because of the pace of modern life, it’s getting more and more important to seek out silence in our lives. — James Greig
What I want to urge you to do is to take a little risk and to open up to your circle of friends and family, and to try and share some of the painful stuff that you’re going through. — James Greig
Don’t be a dick to yourself. — James Greig
As a creative person you’re often doing creative things for other people and you need to remember to do that stuff for yourself. — James Greig