OVERCOMING A CREATIVE BLOCK
I’ll admit it. When my creative flame needs to be rekindled the first place that I go to is Pinterest. However the truth is, I spend way too much time browsing things that have already been made by other people that I just end up being a consumer instead of a creator! What actually works better for me is to just log off the internet and unplug for awhile. I’ve found that inspiration needs to come from within and it is what makes your masterpiece your true art!
Start with seeking a different perspective! Go for an adventure, explore the areas around you and use all of your senses. My family and I visited one of our favorite parks and tried a new pizza place because we love pizza! Sit on benches with different and unique views, watch the trees and their structures, breathe in deeply and exhale and enjoy mother nature. It might not spark an idea right away but you are getting your mind into a peaceful state which will allow new things to come through.
Meditating is another way to seek mind clarity. I hate laundry (who doesn’t) but when I have a creative block I enjoy the mindless state that it puts me in. It gives me a break without forcing ideas, I stay productive, and I get to live in the moment. I typically fill the air with songs by Elizabeth Mitchell which I find is soothing to listen too.
Another way I get out of my rut is cleaning my craft room and getting rid of anything that does not bring me joy as Marie Kondo says. Revisiting my yarn stash, the colors, textures, and unfinished projects reminds me what it felt like to start something and maybe why I stopped. It feels good to work from a clean and inviting craft room, it feels like a fresh start.
Remember to GET SOME REST! Rest allows for the mind and body to reduce stress, improve your mood, and increase alertness, mental clarity, creativity, and motivation. All of these changes can enhance your productivity. It’s only in the deeper stages of slumber that you get a substantial cognitive boost.
When you feel the inspiration flowing back again you will have one or many new ideas! Woohoo! That’s great, but you may ask yourself, what now? We have been relaxing so much you might feel a little hesitant to start on the idea at first but remember to STOP DOUBTING AND START DOING. Enjoy the creative juice you have and do not be afraid to fail! Trust me I have started making projects that, in my head, were great but during the process I had new and even better ideas! Believe in your creativity and what you have to offer, be yourself.