Overcoming Creative Blocks

by KRadmin
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I just came back from a four day trip to Arizona. The last vacation I took was back in August so it was a much needed break, even though it was short. I have been busy at my day job and working on my personal brand lately that I haven’t had much time to enjoy the outdoors or visit with family. During the week leading up to the trip, I had been struggling with coming up with a design for an art print I wanted to create for my store (launching soon!). I had been tossing things around in my head for weeks but I just couldn’t get myself to pick up my pencil and start drawing. I had plans on getting it done before the trip but it was not going to happen. So I put that all aside and went on trip with my husband and family. I didn’t bring a computer or work with me, just my camera.

During the trip I didn’t think about work or my designs… I completely blocked everything out. I told myself I’d worry about it later so that’s what I did. We went hiking, played board games, escaped an escape room (with 7 minutes left!) and just enjoyed each other’s company. Once I came back, I discovered I had a whole new motivation and burst of energy to get my projects done. It was awesome! I suddenly knew exactly what I wanted to create for my print and had no trouble coming up with a design.

This had me thinking…sometimes we don’t realize we’re in a creative rut until we take a break and step back from all of it for a bit.

Creative blocks are the worst as a designer. You know you need to start developing and designing but have no idea where to start. Or on the other hand, you have ideas but none of which seem worthy. I’ve experienced this way more than I’d like to admit but I’ve found some ways to overcome the dreaded creative block and wanted to share a couple of my favorites.

Take a Step Back

It doesn’t have to be a trip to Arizona for four days but just take some time to step away from the project that’s hanging you up. If the deadline is approaching, just take a few minutes to step away and go get coffee or walk the dog. It doesn’t have to be a long break, just some time to clear the mind and get a fresh perspective.

Yoga

My husband and I have started doing yoga every day together. It has truly been so good for the both of us. There is a lot going on in our lives right now which can get overwhelming but by taking just 30 minutes out of our day has made all the difference. Yoga strengthens the mind / body connection. For creatives like me, it’s so essential to know how to quiet the voice in your head that puts doubts and fears in your mind. Just roll out the yoga mat and after 30 minutes, I guarantee you’ll have a whole new perspective.

Go Outside

Nature is seriously the best medicine to clear your mind and focus on the beauty around you. I get the best inspiration from nature. No phone, just me and the trees.

Turn Off Social Media

Social media can be a big help sometimes when looking for inspiration but a lot of times it actually makes the creative block worse. I’ve found if I’m on Instagram or Pinterest too long, I’ll start getting way too overwhelmed with all the content and creative people out there. Start putting your phone in another room or put it on silent and flip it over so you won’t be interrupted with the urge to pick it up when brainstorming new creative ideas.


I hope some of these ideas were helpful to you if you’re struggling with a creative block. I know they’ve helped me a lot. Also I wanted to note, I’ll be sharing my Etsy shop link soon so please check back for that. I will be posting the print I talked about at the beginning of this post, along with some others I hope you’ll enjoy!


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