Usually at times like this when it feels exhausting to write I take a day off. Today I thought I'd do some meta-writing instead.
Writing usually comes easy once I find a topic. Those topics tend to come from my life or stories I read that day. For the past couple of weeks, I think I've exhausted the supply of topics I'd built up before it. You always need moments to recharge and replenish that store of ideas and the itch to write.
My mind has also been preoccupied on certain frustrating aspects of my life. I find my thoughts drifting there every few minutes. It takes away the chance for new thoughts and ideas to develop and inspire me to write.
I've been reading Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman and in the chapters advocating a universal basic income he talks about mental bandwidth. Many have and still believe that poverty is a result of laziness or stupidity or both. But studies have shown that the stress of working to exist and falling short drains our mental bandwidth. When it's drained you have less capacity to make long term decisions.
Unlike poverty, I can take a break from these draining thoughts despite how difficult it seems. I can put them aside and regain that bandwidth and hopefully find more inspiration to write.