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It’s okay not to be creative. As artists, we’re expected to be constantly creating, but sometimes it’s not that easy, and we get stuck too. I can testify that artist block is one of the most frustrating feelings and hard to get out of, but it’s part of the process. From my own experience, I found things that helped me get out of this rut, and I’m happy to share them.
- Taking a Break
There is an overwhelming pressure to put content out into the world, but the truth is that’s unrealistic. Nowadays, we constantly have to be posting our work and showing off all our progress or accomplishments to prove our worth. That, however, can get tiring very easily and very quickly, which is why it’s so important to step away from this and take a break. It’s okay to not be creating all the time and to be upset with your art. You also don’t have to create something new every time; you can work off variations of one idea. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself and make what feels right.
Aside from taking a break from your craft, remember to take care of yourself too. Creating is both physical and mental work, and it can become exhausting. So don’t forget to sleep, stretch, take your medicine, eat and stay hydrated. It’s easy to get discouraged and consumed with making something new, but you shouldn’t forget to look after yourself. Don’t feel ashamed for ordering takeout or sleeping in. You need fuel to keep yourself going.
- Going back to the basics
When all else fails, go back to the beginning. Sometimes we get caught up in something new, and it gets difficult to move forward. When this happens, I find that going back to the things I already know and find easy to do, eases my mind. It’s like a refresher, and it feels familiar already, which makes me feel sure of myself, allowing myself to start off strong. Going back to the basics helps you brainstorm new ideas or even resolve previous issues you might not have been able to before.
- Get Inspired
One of the best ways to get yourself out of this block is to find inspiration. Whether it’s from friends, other artists, Pinterest or Instagram, find something that motivates and uplifts you. I turn to my friends when I feel stuck. They always help me clear my mind and give me a different perspective I couldn’t see. They help me get my thoughts together and are honestly my biggest cheerleaders. Sometimes that’s all you need: inspiration and motivation.
- Change of Environment
Changing your environment and getting out and about really does wonders for the mind. Being in the same spot and unmotivated is just going to further your frustration. Getting out of that space can refresh your mind and also bring inspiration. When you’re in the same space for so long, your mind gets cloudy, and you can’t see beyond those four walls, so whether it’s going for a walk or changing your work environment, make sure to leave your space every once in a while.
Art block happens to all creatives at different points in their process, and it’s normal to feel stuck. But it is up to you as an artist to figure out what works best to help you fight through that block so you can get back to doing what you love most. Don’t wait for inspiration to come. Get out of your room to get those creative juices flowing!