I don’t know about you, but recently I have been in the worst creative slump. I’ve found it so hard to focus and get creative on my blog. And it’s truly one of the most frustrating things. I can’t even imagine how hard it is for people who blog as their full time job and feel like this. Because it’s either they suck it up and figure it out or they don’t make money. I’m sure so many of you will relate to the way I am feeling, and I know I’m not alone in feeling like this.
I know alot of external factors can affect creativity. I mean just take a look at the world right now, thats enough to ruin anyones creativity. Mental health also plays a big part in this too, and just general wellbeing. When everything in your life is properly aligned, then so will your thinking.
This post is as much for me as it is for you. I want to know how to get me out of this creative slump and get back to it. So today, lets both get into the creative spirit and learn how we can get back into it!
FIGURE OUT YOUR WHY
I think one of the most important things to get out of your creative slump, is figuring out why you’re feeling like this in the first place. Whats going on around you, or in your life to make you feel like this? Identify those things and take action to resolve them. As already mentioned, mental health and wellbeing can really have an impact on your creativity levels. It’s important that we get that right, before trying to force ourselves to create when we really don’t want to.
Some of the things I’ll be doing to combat my creativity slump is taking time off. Which I know sounds counter productive but actually taking time away allows you to re-charge. I often forget that I post 4+ times a week, which is so much. Nobody can keep going for that long. Changing up my schedule will probably be another one too. I’m slowly learning to reduce how many times I post to make sure that I’m not using up all my creativity.
What will you do differently to help get you out of your creative slump?
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GO EASY ON YOURSELF
It can be really frustrating when you’re feeling unmotivated and uninspired. But, remember you are human and remember to go easy on yourself. We are not machines that are meant to run 24/7 – although I’m sure the world would like for us to be that way. As a blogger I know I put pressure on myself to achieve certain goals so quickly, when in reality there is no rush. I am my own boss and I decide how things are run here.
We all lead such busy lives, that we often forget to take time to do things a little slower. The last year has really taught me that we should go a pace slower in life. We all ran around like headless chickens, going to work and other obligations we had before covid, and the pandemic really forced us to slow down. I think we needed it. So be sure to not overload yourself.
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DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT
I have found that when I’m lacking creativity, it’s because I have overdone it. I have spent too long doing the same thing and my mind has got bored. Switching it up and doing something different can really help to excite you. It really helps to get your creative juices flowing again too. Remember that we must be stimulated, and if we do the same things over and over again we are eventually going to get bored. And I think thats a lot of the issue I have. I have been doing the same thing over and over that my brain gets fed up and bored and wants something new.
I of course don’t know what you creative slump is, but whatever it is you do creativity try to do something different. Hey, you never know you might find your new writing or art style in the process.
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Are you in a creative slump? What do you do to get out of it? What tips do you have that you could share?
If you are in your own creative slump, I am right there with you friend. We can get through it together though! We can overcome!