I feel really compelled to write about this topic. I was inspired, a couple weeks ago, when listening web cast from Robert Ohotto, had entire an show dedicated to this topic, which I was moved to tears. Not in a bad way, in a “ I really needed to hear that message.”
I am going to speak to this topic from an artistic point of view.
Creating art (writing, painting, graphic design) is very solitary act. Hours upon hours are spent in a space creating. One trap, that I find myself falling into is, blocking out my peers, friends, family because I am so focused on the creation of my work. Long periods of time spent in this space, can leave to intense isolation and melancholy (or artistic funk). Humans are naturally social creatures. Whether we want to confess it or not we need human contact and interaction.
What I advise artists and non-artists, a like, get out at least couple times a month, for an hour. (I throw this out as a goal to start with especially for those of you work, have families, go to school or heavily booked.)To connect with other like minds. If you are writer, find a writers group. If you are a painter, find a painting group etc. Find your tribe.
There is a reason that rock groups exist, it is more difficult to rock out by yourself…..
I cannot begin to rave enough about the benefits about being in a writers groups. You have support, a group people to journey with you through the process. A place to talk “geek speak.” More importantly, it allows you to take a time out from being solitary and connect.