When You’ve Hit a Wall
We’ve been talking about this subject a lot lately as we walk into our busy season because burnout is real and it’s sneaky! It seemingly creeps up out of nowhere and once it hits, you can’t deal.
At the moment I feel very inspired and ready to create, but like most creatives, that isn’t always the case. I, like everyone, go through periods of time where I literally can’t come up with a good idea (or at least one that I actually like) to save my life. Sometimes this season only lasts a day, but sometimes you can feel the fog of a creative rut for months, and it is the absolute WORST.
And let’s be real, us creatives are not nice when we feel like we can’t create good work and it would do us and the world a huge favor to get out of our funk and back to the drawing board (no pun intended). The funny about being in a rut is that you can’t help yourself out of it if you aren’t prepared. So I try to keep a few things in my “creative toolbox” that I can lean on when I feel like I’m hitting my head against a wall. So, I thought I’d share those things with you today!
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Getting Out of Your Creative Rut
1. Take a Screen Break
The incessant scrolling, swiping, tapping, texting, pinning, and app-ing is exhausting. It’s quite literally sensory overload. Too many pretty images, too fast, and our brains cannot process! All of the inspiration sites and feeds just become white noise. Sometimes all it takes is an afternoon screen-free to get those creative juices flowing!
P.S. Try the Freedom app (I talked about it here), it’s a great tool for blocking apps and web pages on your phone or pc!
2. Sunshine & Fresh Air
This should seem like a total no-brainer, but in my experience, it’s not. When I am in a creative rut I want to work more. From dawn until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer, which means I’m just working harder… not necessarily smarter. I find myself not going outside other than from my house to my car and back, all things that aren’t good. There is something to be said for good old-fashioned fresh air and vitamin D. It can’t be replicated and it’s good for the soul. Start with a 15-minute walk after lunch… it may just change the course of your day!
3. Try Something New
Find new inspiration. If you are always searching for inspiration in the same place, try new genres! I often find that when I put down the same magazines I always go to for creative energy and enjoy something new like a travel book, an art gallery, or a documentary… I often get inspired in completely new ways. Creativity is creativity… it’s all the same, just displayed in different ways and often times, different is good.
4. Meditate, AKA Breathe!
We’ve talked about meditating before, it’s super weird but super good. I’m by no means a pro, but there is magic in taking 10 minutes to just breath and clear your head. I struggled the first week I tried this, but by week two I started to look forward to it daily.
P.S. Try the Headspace app (I talked about it here), it’s awesome and will walk you through it every step of the way!
5. Write it Down
I’m an avid journaler, but when I’m in a rut I tend not to journal. Honestly, I think it’s because I’m too stressed to think about anything other than getting out of my own head. But when I finally do, it changes the game. It’s so freeing to sit down and actually write down your fears and look them straight in the eye. They actually aren’t all that scary once you do. Once they are written down, I pray over them, give them to God, and go to my favorite verses to speak some truth. My favorites are Ecclesiastes 3:11, 2 Timothy 1:7, & 2 Corinthians 12:9.
So there you have it!
My five ways to get your self out of your rut and back into your creative groove! I hope these five things work for you, and if you have any to add I’d love to hear them because hey, we are all in this together!