If you’re a creative person like I am, then you’ve most likely experienced the dreaded creative block. One week, you have so many ideas for your blog. You have content planned for your Instagram. You have a strategy in mind and you’re on top of the world. Then all of a sudden, you have no idea what to do. Your mind is blank and you grow frustrated. You just want to get an idea to come out of the brain that once could come up with five in one minute. It’s one of the worst things that could happen when you genuinely love creating content. The past two weeks, I’ve been in dealing with this. I’ve dealt with it before though so I took these 5 steps and it’s safe to say, I’m back and my creativity has been restored!
Take a break
This is the first step I highly recommend. It’s also one that I hate but it actually works so hear me out. When you spend so much time planning and creating, your mind is working pretty hard. Us creative people are always thinking. There’s a reason why you can’t think of anything anymore, your brain is tired!
Taking a social media break isn’t bad. Will you get as many views as normal? Probably not. But you need to remember that taking a step back will do more good for you in the end.
Tip: When taking a break from creating new content, just edit and re-publish old blog posts! It’s called refurbishing and from experience, it can actually help your blog without too much effort on your part. Bring those posts from six months ago back to life!
Make Self-Care A Priority
When we’re so busy creating, we often neglect ourselves without even knowing it. You wake up super early so you can get work done on your blog before getting ready for your day job, sometimes forgetting to even eat or drink enough water. You get back from work and you waste no time working on your blog/social media again resulting in getting little sleep. Sound familiar? I know I’m not the only one guilty of this, guys!
While you take a step back, focus on yourself. How?
- Make sure you’re getting enough sleep
- Eat three meals a day and drink enough water
- Catch up on Netflix shows
- Pamper yourself with a face mask and a bubble bath
- Go out and be social
Keep A Notebook Nearby
Creative blocks don’t last forever and you will eventually get some ideas flowing again. The thing is, they may come at any random time and you don’t want to risk trying to remember them. Keep a notebook nearby so you can write an idea down right away when it comes to you. This may even mean bringing it in your car or to work with you!
This is a good tip to do at all times but especially when you’re going through a creative block!
Reorganize / Change Things Up
There’s a good chance your creative block is from things being a bit too repetitive or boring. I know I personally always feel more refreshed and motivated when I buy new home decor, rearrange my room, organize my makeup drawers, or even getting my hair done!
Here are some more ideas for you:
- Buy new home decor
- Rearrange your house
- Change your look
- Go shopping for a new outfit
Find Your Inspiration
Believe it or not, inspiration is right around the corner.
- Look up inspirational quotes and write your favorites down
- Check out the list of my favorite positive affirmations
- Pick up a self-development book (I’m loving Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis right now)
- Read articles on successful bloggers and influencers. What are their secrets? Write down some ideas that you get!
It Doesn’t Last Forever
I’m going to end this blog post by reminding you that your creative block will not last forever. Try taking these 5 tips into consideration! I’m sure you’ll get that much closer to breaking free and getting your inspiration back.
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If you’ve experienced a creative block and you have a secret to getting out of it that I haven’t mentioned, let me know below!
Amanda Burnett is a 25-year-old content creator. Growing up with a disability, she wanted to prove to herself that she was capable of accomplishing her dream life. Today she is helping her audience realize their potential as well! Her goal is to motivate as many people as she can through her lifestyle, beauty, and self-improvement content.
These are wonderful tips!
Thanks girl! xx
Shannon Moore says
Thank the lord that I found this post today. I’ve literally just been writing my own post about how college took away my creative flare and ever since I’ve had a very bad case of the creative block and for a year I’ve been struggling to get it back so, thank you for sharing these tips. xx
I’m so happy that you found my post helpful, Shannon! You’ll get your creativity back soon! xx
I know I’ve experienced many creative blocks. In times like this, I usually turn to motivational speakers (Eric Thomas and Will Smith) and self-care (pampering sessions). When I feel good in mind, body and soul, creativity comes naturally. Great post dear, thanks for sharing!
Tx. // Tajinder Kaur
Yes, you have to take care of yourself as a whole! I’m so glad you enjoyed my post. xx
These are excellent tips. Sometimes the best way to overcome a stumbling block, whether it’s writer’s block or something else, is to just take a break. A change of scenery or doing something else makes a huge difference. I agree with keeping a notebook handy. You never know when those creative juices will start flowing again and you don’t want to miss out or forget the ideas because you weren’t able to write them down.
Taking a break always works for me! These tips are really helpful! Have a great day! <3
Molly @ Transatlantic Notes says
Great tips — especially as I had a nasty bout of creative block a few months back. I managed to get through it and have got my flow back now but I will keep these tips in mind the next time I experience it! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you for these tips! I’ll keep them in mind the next time I’m in a rut.
You should af ‘take a shitest’. That’s when I get all my best ideas, hehe.
Berry's Poetry Book Reviews says
Keeping a journal nearby is a GREAT idea! Perfect to have so you can jot down a quick note!
I’m definitely planning on keeping a notebook on me from now on for blogger’s block! Thanks for the tip! 🙂
John Rieber says
Great advice for so many reasons: everyone can “burn out” and these tips for relieving the press and clearing your head make sense!
HoneyNerds (Charlene) says
These are wonderful tips! We just started our blog, but already it is a overwhelming to try and keep up with creating content and social media. It’s a good idea to take a break even in the midst of blogging regularly. I know I need to catch up on some Netflix. :). And the notebook idea is especially useful to me – I think I’m more motivated to jot things down when I have a notebook as opposed to using the notes app on my phone.
JOHN MULINDI says
Wow! such a creative ways to refresh and start over again with much more energy to write! Thanks.
Jenelle Schmidt says
Great tips and reminders! I’ve been in a weird place writing-wise for the past oh… 4 months and I’m trying to get back into a more regular schedule. This reminder was exactly what I needed right now!
Lisa Marie Alioto says
Great strategies – I do many of them. They work really well.
Beth Gray says
If I’m writing fiction – I will lie down with meditation music… do a bit of deep breathing and then allow myself to start creating the story line again and see where it goes with being in a meditative state. Usually it’s just what I need, and I don’t finish the meditation – I needed to step away and relax!
This is a great list! I find that many times when I’m feeling creatively blocked it’s because I’m drained – a break and some good self-care usually gets my creative juices flowing again!
Under Flowery Sky says
Thanks for the tips. Sometime we just have to start with
anything. The break helps a lot also. Also mountaineering
and nature breaks helps to me as well as the music..
Amelia Karnuth says
Great tips! Creative blocks can be incredibly frustrating! I really like the concept of “refurbishing” blog posts. My blog’s too new for that now, but I’m going to keep that in mind if/when the time comes that I need a break!
Tyresha Zacca says
Susan Vitale says
This is great. Amazingly similar to my recent blog about getting unstuck (inspired by a creative block or two on my end!)
Love these tips! I find I’m uninspired when writing during the week after working all day, but at the weekend it’s the complete opposite! I’ll try some of these tips during the week and see how it goes!
Michelle Gil says
Whenever I’m in those writer block I take myself a hiatus sure the traffic is completely different but it better to take a break than being burnt out. Great post!
Great post Amanda! These are def nice ideas … being away in a different atmosphere always helps me to think of different things. Self care is definitely a priority like you said. We need to have a clear mind and be at our best in order to feel more inspired! Thanks for sharing xx
Geraldine | https://geraldinetalks.com
I feel self care is really important as it really helps you to be at your best and recover when you’re not.
Thank God, creative blocks don’t last forever! All of your tips are great. I lean heavily on the notebook, so when I do have ideas I can jot them down and when I’m uninspired I can refer back to them.
Rebecca DeFazio says
These are great tips!! Love this!
Kate @ Cover to Cover Book Blog says
These are awesome, thanks for sharing! Whenever I get creatively blocked, I always reorganize my life, and then an idea hits me when I have no way to do anything about it. So keep a notebook nearby – always! And self care is very important. You don’t realize how burnt out you are until you take some time for yourself 💕
I hate when I get a creative block. I’m still in the process of decorating my little office space I created and everytime I add some new decor, It helps me feel inspired. When ideas do come, I write them down on my laptop and if I’m away from my laptop, then I put them in my notes on my phone. Great tips!
Jared Davies says
I always struggle with what to write most weeks, I think it’s because I put too much pressure on myself to get something out. But I’ve decided to let that pressure go and write as and when I can and not put pressure on! Great post x
Jenni at I on Image says
Wonderful tips! I took this year Wednesday and Friday mornings for writing my blog. Great decision so far 😃
When I practice self care I relax and the best ideas enter my mind!
Sammy Dury says
Great tips! I sometimes feel guilty for taking a break, but it’s probably the best thing for me when I have a creative block, I need to take a step back more often!
Fantastic tips and advice. I always used to be stuck for content and creative ideas but I’ve tried to switch things up second time around and have found that keeping a notepad to hand to jot down all of my creative ideas whenever/wherever they happen is so important!
Kate | thelittlecrunch.co.uk
katelyn | embark to explore says
Lovely post, I get a creative blog and I always turn to Pinterest for inspiration! It always works! Keeping a notepad near is also a must!
This is a great reminder. I’m always afraid to take breaks as I see a drop in my analytics but it does help with ny creative juices! So I agree with all the points but especially that one!
Taking a break is defiantly needed every now and then! I also love keeping a journal near by for ideas. Wonderful post!
Love these tips! I have had my fair share of writer’s block moments and it really does suck. Taking a moment away can really help clear the mind, I can agree. Thanks for these!