You're just sitting there, staring at a blank page, screen or canvas, and you can't seem to come up with anything good, or anything at all!
But fear not my friend, I got you, there are ways to break out of that funk and get your creative juices flowing again.
1. Give yourself a break:
Sometimes, the best thing to do is to step away from your work and do something completely unrelated. Think of it like hitting the reset button on your brain.
Take a walk, watch a movie, or just zone out for a bit. Studies have shown that taking a break can improve cognitive function and lead to increased creativity.
2. Meditate in the morning:
Starting your day with a clear mind can work wonders for your creativity. It's a great way to get a fresh start on the day. Give it a try before you reach for that cup of coffee.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, meditation can help reduce stress and anxiety, which can be major roadblocks to creativity.
3. Consume someone else’s creativity:
Sometimes, all it takes is a little inspiration from others to get your own creativity flowing. Watch a movie, listen to some music, or check out some art. Research has shown that exposure to diverse forms of art can inspire new ideas and ways of thinking.
As Salvador Dalí once said, "Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it."
4. Fulfill all bodily needs:
Make sure you're taking care of yourself. Eat, drink, exercise, and get enough sleep. Your creativity will thank you.
When we are well-rested, well-fed and well-hydrated, our brains work at their best and our ability to think creatively improves.
5. Set up a collaboration with a friend:
Two heads are better than one, right? Collaborating with someone can be a great way to bounce ideas around and come up with something new.
Collaboration can lead to more diverse ideas and new perspectives, which can help overcome creative block.
6. Make nonsense:
Sometimes, the best way to overcome creative block is to just start creating. Don't overthink it, just let your mind play. Creating without thinking or without a specific goal in mind can lead to unexpected and exciting results.
As Steven Pressfield writes in his book "The War of Art", "The amateur plays for fun. The professional plays for keeps."
In conclusion, creative block is like a pesky mosquito that won't leave you alone, but with a break, meditation, inspiration from others, taking care of yourself, collaboration and making nonsense, you can swat it away and get back to creating.
Remember, don't be too hard on yourself, we all have our creative blocks, and it's part of the process.