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how to overcome creative blocks and find inspiration

Have you ever had one of those days (or maybe even weeks) where the ideas just aren’t flowing? What do you do in those situations? How do you overcome that lack of inspiration and find your mojo again?

To be honest, I’m writing this post completely spur-of-the-moment, since I haven’t been able to create anything I genuinely wanted to share with you for the blog. So, I asked myself, what would be worth talking about? I don’t want to post meaningless content just because, so I figured maybe talking about my current lack of inspiration and how I remedy it would help both me and you.

And there you go, the post pretty much wrote itself because it turns out I’ve got quite a few things to say about this. 😛

How to Overcome Creative Blocks & Find Inspiration

step away

Whatever you’re trying to do, don’t try to force it when it’s just not working. Simply stop and step away from it. You can come back to it later, after you’ve taken care of yourself and of what bothers you.

Really, stop trying to force it, admit to yourself that you need a break so you can return refreshed and inspired. It’s important to realize when you need to stop, so you can pay attention and try to resolve whatever problem is bugging you.

How to Overcome Creative Blocks & Find Inspiration

pay attention to your experience

When I can’t focus, it’s usually because I’ve been stuck in my head for too long, and haven’t been able to be present. It feels like there’s a blockage within, ideas can’t flow forth and I feel completely uncreative and distracted. That’s the moment when I know I need to step away, take a couple of deep breaths and face whatever is bothering me.

This step is two-fold: on the on hand, you let your thoughts pass by, not latching onto any of them, simply observing them from a distance. The other part is tuning in to your feelings, and then just letting yourself feel them, whatever they are.

Pushing your thoughts aside or denying your feelings causes more harm in the long run, so it’s better, I think, to just face them head on. No need to judge or categorize your feelings, just experience them and let them be.

Facing your anxious thoughts and jumbled emotions may be unpleasant, but I think that’s the key to unlocking your happiness, creativity and well-being. If you are able to face what’s bothering you and take steps to fix it, you create space for peace and inspiration to unfold again.

How to Overcome Creative Blocks & Find Inspiration

do something you enjoy

Sometimes, you might feel too restless to observe your thoughts and feelings. In that case, I’ve found that the best thing is to focus all your attention on doing something you wholeheartedly enjoy.

Be it playing a game, reading a book, listening to music, going for a walk in nature,exercising, baking, doing makeup or spending time with a loved one, try to disconnect from what’s upsetting you and clear your head by doing something you find relaxing and enjoyable.

How to Overcome Creative Blocks & Find Inspiration

why this matters to you

If you can’t bring yourself to be excited about what you’re doing, then it’s time to remind yourself why you started in the first place. Why is this task important to you? What does it mean to you and why do you think it’s worth doing?

Reminding yourself of your aspirations and the meaning of your work can provide you with the fuel you need to start fresh. It can spark your motivation and determination to make your vision a reality. Look within, ask yourself what truly matters to you, and that’s where you will find the best ideas for what you want to create.

How to Overcome Creative Blocks & Find Inspiration

wrapping up

Thank you for stopping by today, and I hope you’ve found this post somewhat helpful or interesting. It’s important to learn how to deal with a lack of inspiration when it strikes, as well as how to handle (ad fix!) its underlying causes.

How do you manage creative blockages and find inspiration again?

Take care & see you soon!

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