Creative block happens to the best of us, and it seems to be waiting to strike at any moment. It can be hard to get yourself out of a creative funk when it hits, and it can feel so draining to be stuck in one, so I like to have a few failsafe methods to kickstart my creativity when it’s flagging! Today I’m rounding up 15 activities for when you’re creatively blocked, in the hopes we can all kickstart our creative juices together!
1. Get outside. For me, time spent outside is a massive inspiration. When I’m feeling stuck, my first port of call is getting outside. A trip down to the beach for an hour in the sun, a forest ramble or even a quick walk round the block, or just having your lunch outside. It helps break up the day and get you out of your immediate funk.
2. Take some screen free time. A lot of the time I feel creatively blocked it’s because I feel overloaded by all the great content online, or because I’m constantly a slave to Whatsapp messages, email, Instagram notifications, etc, etc. Sometimes a digital detox is the perfect antidote to creative block, an offline day to be present and enjoy some tech-free time is a great mental break!
3. Learn something new. If your creative frustrations are coming from a place of block, getting out of your comfort zone to try something new can be exactly what you need to refresh. I’m a big Skillshare fan, it’s so easy to just log on and find an engaging teacher who’s passionate about a subject, I’ve taken classes on photography, botanical line drawing, even business skills. I’ve recently enrolled on an evening class at the Arts University for September, and I’m constantly picking up non-fiction books and making notes in the margins, highlighting notes, copying things into my bullet journal. Learning something new is my favourite way to respark my creativity.
4. Workout. When you’re sat at your computer, staring at a blank screen and getting nowhere, breaking for movement is key. Whether it’s getting up and stretching, running through a yoga routine, going to the gym, getting out for a run, moving is a great way to reinvigorate both your body and brain to get back into work!
5. Visit an exhibition. Some of the times I’ve felt most inspired were after seeing great art, fashion or photography exhibits. Especially if you’re lucky enough to live or work in London, there’s no shortage of inspiring exhibits to be found. Somerset House always has some great free exhibits on that you can wonder round in your lunch break for some creative inspiration!
6. Rest. It seems a lot of the time my periods of creative block coincide neatly with times when I’m busy and stressed and sleep deprived. Get a few early nights in, or take an hour, set an alarm and have a power nap, allow your body to recharge.
7. Get coffee with a creative pal. I’m so lucky that most of my friends are super creative people, and I can pick up a phone and they will relate. I do have two particular pals though that I always feel fired up and inspired after seeing, so if I’m feeling blocked, I pick up the phone and get a coffee date in the diary.
8. Challenge your brain with something different. Stuck brains love a challenge. Give a sudoko puzzle a go, fill out the crossword in the paper, download a brain training app. Sometimes a change is as good as a rest.
9. Do something with your hands. Paint, build some furniture, cook, tidy up, let your creative brain rest while you stay productive.
10. Indulge in some self care. A long hot bubble bath, an at home facial, an afternoon on the sofa with a book and a cup of tea, a manicure appointment. Take a break from giving yourself a hard time and instead allow yourself some self care to reset.
11. Journal. Journalling is my favourite way to reset the creative side of my brain. I look on Pinterest for prompts, or recently I’ve been filling out the Breathe Summer Special which is full of thought provoking journalling prompts. I have a circle of friends who love to journal, and we swap and share prompts, and talk about what they’ve opened up for us.
12. Try a guided meditation. There are so many fantastic guided meditations online, themed around all sorts of things. I use the Calm app but you can find them for free on YouTube and elsewhere online! One of my favourite things to do is to sit on the beach of an evening with my headphones and a guided meditation. Clearing your mind so you can focus more clearly is such a restorative process.
Creative block is never fun, but it always helps to have a supportive group of likeminded creatives to help you through!
How do you get over creative block?