So today’s topic is something I have been personally struggling with the past few weeks and that is creative block. I don’t know how many of you can relate to this but I have just been struggling with getting content out there that I want to talk about and just getting the ball rolling again. I have been doing a few things to keep my mind busy with the right vibes still and just wanted to share a few things that may help you get out of that creative block and back to doing what you love.
- Brainstorm/brain dump – one thing that may help especially in my case is just writing whatever ideas you have. Just keep writing continuously for 5 minutes and maybe don’t look at it right away. Instead come back later to it and see if any of the ideas you laid out spark something within you.
- Take a breather – sometimes when your mind is constantly working it can go into overdrive which is why we we end up in a creative block to begin with. Step away for a second from whatever project you’re working on. If you don’t work on it with a clear head, it can backfire and just end up feeling draining to get through.
- Surround yourself with creative energy – What kinds of people have you been surrounding yourself with? If you’re like me, you feed off of people with creative energies and that sparks inspiration for you. It helps me to be around people that offer different perspectives and ideas and that can hopefully help ignite the inspiration in you. It may not even be people, it can be as simple as going to an art class or checking out a museum or comedy show.
- Write it out – something that I wasn’t doing was writing out my thoughts and projects I wanted to work on. Think for a second what you want to prioritize and getting that on paper will help solidify it in your mind that that is what you want to focus on.
- Pick up and leave….for a second – An easy trap we can fall into is getting comfortable in our routines. When this happens, you may find that you need to get out of your normal environment for a little bit of time, whatever that may entail. Getting out of that environment can help shift your perspective and refresh your mindset when you come back to your creative flow.
- Try a different discipline – for example if you’re a writer, paint instead or if you’re a painter, take pictures outside instead. Again it’s the whole idea of changing your perspective on things.
- Digital Detox! – Although this is great in general, it’s also helpful with creative blocks. I definitely do not do this one as much as I should. Due to my current situation with work, I need access to my phone and social media throughout the day and week. I feel like that has been one of the contributing factors to me not feeling motivated or inspired. We are aimlessly scrolling through feeds half the time and it’s mentally stimulating unless you are spending majority of your time focusing on just creative content pertaining to your passion.
I also learned about some fun ways to get out of your creative blocks that I am going to try out. You can check those out here!
Just remember, creative blocks are natural and part of the process. Don’t be so hard on yourself when you’re going through one and don’t get too comfortable either. Not everyday will feel inspiring but it’s your job to continue finding things that make the passion come to life again. Keep creating Thrivers!