It's one of the best things when you get to pursue your passion as a career. You're getting to do what you love and earn an income from it. It can be the most fantastic thing, but it can also challenge you.
Any job, no matter what it is, has some guidelines. Rules to follow, deadlines to meet, business to complete, and all of these things can create a "have to" mindset. Some people's jobs are naturally on a "have to" basis, but when it's your passion, it can switch from "want to" to "have to" reasonably often.
One of the things that make hobbies and passions so enjoyable is their lack of rules and regulations, so when you place those things onto one, no matter how much you love it, there's a bit of a struggle. That's one of the hardest things about doing what you love for a living. When it turns into a task that requires immense effort to complete it feels awful. That thing that was so easy and enjoyable to do turned into a hassle.
I've experienced this, just like most likely every other person in a similar boat, and I've come up with little ways to overcome the feelings of dread.
The first and possibly most obvious thing is to rekindle the relationship with your passion. It started out as a love for a reason, no? I find myself often forgetting that fact – that music started all because I loved doing it.
I believe that's a common occurrence. Getting all caught up in the business and work side of things can blur the passion side. Now, this idea sounds simple enough, but it's not always the easiest thing to accomplish. Especially when the demands for work are still barking at the door.
I found though that decided to jump back into the hobby bit during any free time helps a lot. It's something you choose and want to do, not something that is required. Going back a bit in time and discovering when the love started can be a huge step as well. Remembering why can alter a whole mindset.
While the first thing is my go-to, I have other things that I also do. Sometimes it may not always be the passion getting worn out; it may just be you. Everyone needs a break every once and a while and taking them is entirely acceptable and healthy. I find that when I take a break, my feeling stressed and overwhelmed disappears.
A way to help along rediscovering everything can be to find those doing the same things. Find people who are like role models who have accomplished a bunch to bring out some motivation. I find that seeing others being successful in my line of work makes me want to be successful as well.
This last one isn't something I've used too often, because I haven't had it work for some significances, but it's to enjoy another hobby for a bit. This one can be tricky though.
It can be nice to have something to do that's never been under the stress of a "career," but at the same time, it can be too nice to the point of distraction. Occasionally I attach myself to a different passion of mine to subconsciously ignore the issues I'm having with another.
It's a way to make excuses like "I'm still doing something I love," or "I'm working, it's just on a different thing." If approached correctly and used in the right way though, using another hobby as a "stand in" is okay and can help bring back the fun in others.
Work can be a pain, that's a given, and when work is something you love that pain can show itself in different ways. But just remember – it was a love before it was a job and then driving through the struggles doesn't seem to be as hard.