5 Tips to Break Through Creative Blocks
You’ve probably heard of writer’s block, but writers aren’t the only creatives who encounter mental blocks. Graphic designers, artists, and sewists also suffer from the occasional creative mental block.
The good news is you don’t have to give up on the projects you want to complete due to a pesky creativity block. By implementing the tips below, you’ll be able to tear down the dam and allow your creative juices to flow freely.
- Go Outside. Go for a run or a hike or mow your lawn. As a creative person, you may spend too much time cooped up in your studio. Break that habit by seeking inspiration in the beautiful gifts of nature.
The secret to abolishing your creative block is to get out into the great outdoors and get your adrenaline pumping.
- Freestyle. If you stymie your creative process by being too rigid or expecting too much too soon, you’ll send your creative juices into hideout indefinitely. Release the pressure and allow your mind to freely express itself.
Paint an abstract painting using colors you generally never use. Choose a topic that's close to your heart and just write the words that come to your mind without editing. Or, doodle in your notepad until an image is just right for your design.
- Seek inspiration. We all have creative people whose work we admire. Open up the Pinterest app, search for your favorite creator and start pinning ideas to use for inspiration for your next project. (Follow me on Pinterest to see what’s inspiring me: https://www.pinterest.com/iamamyjo/)
- Change your scenery. Your office may be the cause of your creative block! Sitting in the same chair day after day can take its toll on your productivity. Move your activities to another room, the patio, a park, or some other location.
This small change in environment can help your brain make new connections that spark your creativity.
- Release your inhibitions. Many times, fear of failure or anxieity about creating less than perfect results place a the barrier between you and success. Let your insecurities fall by the wayside and create a masterpiece that is divine in your eyes.
If the piece you create fails to meet other people's expectations, that's okay. If your creative endeavors bring you joy, that's all that matters.
Creative blocks can cause frustration, anxiety, and even depression if they stick around too long. Learn to banish those blocks before they rob you of the joy your creative activities bring you. Let me know if you want to know more about how my system can help you fully express your creativity.