This week on the Wit & Delight Podcast, we are talking with Chelsea Brink, an immensely talented designer, illustrator, and creative director. Chelsea and I have followed each other on Twitter for a really long time, and the topic that brought us together to talk for this week's episode was the link between creativity and mental illness.
Chelsea and I have both gone through different paths of exploring how to accept one's unique brain and to figure out the best way to live with it and work with it. We know that creativity often requires us to go deeper inside ourselves to tap into things that are a bit more taxing—whether emotionally, intellectually, or physically—in order to make our work. Exploring those depths feels like part of the job, so the question we're asking today is this: As creatives, how do we protect our well-being, really understand who we are, and find better ways to work?
Chelsea and I dove deep into the ways that we've changed since we were starting out as young designers, and we have some really great tips for all of you who are looking for better ways to work—whether it's adding medication into your life, going to therapy, or just getting a better sense of awareness around your own actions and behavior.