Lauren O'Connell, LMFT

If you’re too burned out to enjoy life, you’re not alone.


Being a creative person saved your life. It gave you a life. It helped you escape into the world of your imagination (or books, drawing or movies) when you were a kid and couldn’t change your circumstances.

It helped you find a sense of self and a community when you were a weirdo teenager. It has helped you manage being highly emotional. It’s given you solace when you were lonely and helped you articulate parts of yourself that you couldn’t share with anyone.

Many creative people grew up in high drama households, with parents who had big personalities. Working in these industries may challenge you in ways that bring up relational trauma from childhood. Sometimes feelings of guilt, low self esteem, or people pleasing is activated and impacts how you view your life and your art, your ability to set limits, take yourself seriously as a person and an artist.

Later on, being creative helped you develop a career, gave you a purpose. Now, many of the things that you once used art to escape from have caught up with you. What happens when doing the work that has always helped you feel better becomes a source of stress?

You’re too burnt-out to enjoy life. You can’t muster the energy to exercise. It’s hard to focus when you read. It’s a slog trying to feel playful and light with your friends and family. You know the things you need to do to feel whole, but it feels impossible to actually do them. It’s time to look at your relationship to life and understand why you struggle to do things that make you feel like you. If you feel weird taking time for yourself, you’re not alone!

Let’s figure out why you are having a hard time motivating yourself to do things. Therapy is a place to learn to feel joyful, have gratitude, and be able to engage with things you love doing again.

Reach out for a free 15 minute phone call or make an appointment so we can learn more about what’s getting in your way of enjoying your life!


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