Whether you are a writer, blogger, artist, musician or anything creative, it can be hard when you feel like you have lost your creative mojo. There have been so many times during my artistic and blogging journey where I have felt like I don’t want to create. I think it would almost be impossible for us to all to keep going and going without any break at all.
Something I have come to learn over the last year is that it’s healthy to want to take time away from something, even if you enjoy it. Just because you enjoy it, doesn’t mean you want to do it all the time. Over the last 12 months I have taught myself how to do digital drawing. I always wanted to learn, and so I got the tools and did my research and now i draw regularly. Even though I always feel like I want to draw, I intentionally take time off so that I don’t get bored with it. It sounds so weird but its something I am very conscious of.
The human brain is so complex, that even the stuff we love to do can become boring pretty quickly if we find ourselves doing it too often.
In todays post I want to share some of things that I have been doing to bring back my creative mojo when I feel like it’s been lost. It happens to the best of us!
TRY SOMETHING NEW
For myself, I notice my creative mojo disappears when I do the same thing over and over. Maybe its writing about the same topics on my blog, or drawing the same type of images on my iPad. When I feel like my mojo has gone, I look for inspiration online and try my hand at doing something different.
It might be a different style of drawing, or writing about something new on my blog. Whatever I can think of to bring back my excitement and love for creating, I do it. Its almost like tricking your brain into thinking that you are doing this thing for the very first time again. Its brining back the love and passion you once had, but channeling it into something new.
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BECOME INSPIRED FROM WHATS AROUND YOU
It sounds cliche but there is so much inspiration around you at all times. You just need to open your eyes to see it. Inspiration can come from those you surround yourself with, or the place in which you live. Inspiration could be in the clouds or on the ground. You just need to let yourself see it.
When we lose our creative mojo, it can leave us in a bad mood and feeling sorry for ourselves. It brings out other emotions like failure and defeat. Those are the emotions that can lead to us wanting to quit. But they are just that, emotions. They are not reality. A bad day is a bad day. Don’t turn it into a bad week.
You can always bounce back from a creative slump. I have done it many times and have always felt so hopeless in the moment. But I always come back stronger. Go out there and find inspiration.
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DON’T FEEL BAD ABOUT IT
As people, I feel like we put so much pressure on ourselves to perform and always be doing something. Which shouldn’t be the case at all. Not long ago, I took a month off from drawing and honestly it was the best thing ever. I came back with such a new perspective and excitement and it felt like I was drawing for the first time again. I often take breaks from blogging too and always love the time I spent away.
So many creatives feel so bad for not posting on their websites or social media accounts. You should never feel bad about being present and in the moment. You can’t ever get those memories back.
Don’t feel bad for wanting to take time off or slow down your creative outputs. Nobody can keep going and going, it would be impossible.
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How do you get back your creative mojo? Do you have any tips you could share with us?
Being in a creative slump can really effect you in different ways. There isn’t anything wrong with admitting you aren’t enjoying your creative outlet. Take time off, don’t feel bad about it and then come back better than ever.