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Safety of Creativity, or How to Prevent a Creative Crisis

Not so long ago I came across the phrase: "Creativity is a drug. I can not say that I completely agree with it, but there is a great deal of truth here.

When you create - you splash ideas, you burn with the desire to act, to try, and after one successful idea comes a dozen new ones, and each shines like a spark - when you are in such a state, you feel that you are really living. And it's very hard to give that up.

Some call it "flow." Some call it inspiration. And most dream of experiencing it as much and as long as possible. I, on the other hand, after several "burns" and breakdowns, think that it is a special and very productive state of mind, which you have to know how to use. And at the same time, you have to know the safety precautions.

The dangers of creative work

Being in a "flow" is very energy consuming. Partly because, physiologically, inspiration is stressful for the body. And, as with any stress, its main "fuel" is adrenaline. And now we know very well how much adrenaline wears out the body. Wears the body down - in the literal sense of the word. If you do not take care of yourself, if you rush headlong into a whirlpool of inspiration, then after a while you will begin to have health problems, depression, and much more.

In my last breakdown, which fortunately has now been overcome, I had (in addition to health problems) a profound apathy and the inability to do anything seriously for a few weeks. Plus depression on top of general mental exhaustion. And why is that? Because, burning with inspiration and a desire to implement all the ideas at once, neglected safety: worked 10 hours a day, seven days a week, forgetting about sleep and food.

Why do you think many successful and "prolific" writers adhere to a strict regime? It is precisely for safety reasons. If you do my programming homework work only in the allotted hours, if you remember the importance of rest and switch from one activity to another, you can achieve a lot. And most importantly - to keep working capacity for a long time, avoiding all the breakdowns and creative crises.

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