Anybody can go through a creative block, whether you’re a writer or an artist. It is completely normal to feel out of place, to feel temporarily unproductive, and seized by your creative powers.
What you need to tell yourself in that moment is the fact that it is not your fault that you’re feeling a certain way. The first thing you need to do is stop blaming yourself. This will help you fight the guilt that is helping to block your natural creative process.
Try some of the activities that we are going to point out in this article. These activities may require a conscious effort that you may not be willing to give in the start, but you have to tell yourself to take a chance and develop the will. Once this first step is taken, the next steps are like cake. Trust yourself.
Watch a Movie
When you’re going through a creative block, you mostly do not feel like doing anything. All you crave for is a sign, an inspiration, and a moment of hope that can help you fight through the mental blockade you’re going through. One of the cures to this is watching a good movie in your room with full attention and focus, or with a group of friends, if you so choose. It mostly depends on how you feel like watching a movie. Make sure you force yourself to do this. You can watch a movie online, download a movie of your choice, or you can go to your local theater. To download or watch a movie online, you need a good internet connection like the one that is being offered in different spectrum deals. It is relatively fast, with no data caps.
Explore Art on the Internet
Nothing compares to the experience of making or witnessing art. There are multiple forms of art; you are not restricted to any specific type. You can go to a museum, visit an art gallery, read a book, watch a movie, or explore art on the internet. The internet holds a whole library of art: images, photographs, videos, movies, paintings, and many other forms. Make sure you have a good internet connection to enjoy this exploration. Art has the ability to inspire an idle mind.
Go for a Jog
Jogging usually works best in the morning. But if you are going through creative block, you probably should not wait until the next day to make it to the park. Whether it is the afternoon or the evening, grab your headphones, wear your comfortable joggers, and go for a jog. It will help you a great deal. The second you smell the fresh air and listen to quality music, you will feel the knots in your head unravelling. That’s when you know you have a clear mind and you are finally at the point to do something of your interest.
Write in Your Diary/Journal
Sometimes there is a genuine reason behind the creative block you are going through. You need to find out what that problem is. It could be as small as going through some hormonal changes that you may not be aware of at that moment, but you might if you just sit with yourself and have a little talk. If this does not work out, you can take out your diary/journal and start writing whatever you are feeling. The stream of consciousness lets you explore where the problem is. It tracks the pathway of your trouble, and once you identify it, you will know what to do about it. It is mostly the frustration of not knowing what it is that makes you all stuck on one page. Writing out your feelings is a great way to cure your creative block.
Talk to a Friend
As previously mentioned, sometimes there is a problem and you simply can’t identify it yourself. Writing in your diary/journal might work, but sometimes you need a second opinion. Even if you do not get to talk about the problem, the idea of singularly sitting with your friend, exchanging words becomes cathartic, and you lose the clingy feeling of your creative block.
Lie in Your Bed for Several Hours/Sleep
You need sleep. The reason your facing creative block could be that you have not had enough sleep for quite a while. You owe yourself 12 hours of sleep. Stay in your bed, relax your muscles, and rest your mind. Breathe. Once you feel like your mind is at peace, you know you can now at least think straight and clearly.
As previously mentioned, exploring art is one thing you can do to break your habit of sitting idle during this period of creative blockage. But another thing you can try is making art yourself. It does not necessarily have to be a painting. You can also try cooking. It is easy, and at the end of completing the task, you get the feeling of accomplishment.
Read a Book
There is nothing like the experience of reading a good book. If you don’t know what book to read, simply do a Google search to find recommendations. If those recommendations aren’t reliable, you can ask a friend who knows your likes and dislikes. You can go to the nearest library, explore various genres of books, and look for yourself whatever interests you. You can also read a few excerpts from every book that looks interesting to you. Whichever one catches your attention should be your pick.
Listen to Music
One of the best remedies for creative block is listening to music. You can listen to music while jogging, reading a book, or working. You just have to be careful of the type you should listen to, as melodramatic/depressive music can lead to more melancholy. This hinders you from relaxing our mind, much less working. Music does have the ability to keep everyone entertained and invigorated through daily activities.
Fix Your Room
You might have seen your mother working hastily in frustration. You may also have seen her working even more than usual when she is frustrated. The reason she does that is because she knows arrangement and adjustment will help her get mentally at peace. That’s exactly how you have to go about a frustrated mind. The reason for this is that the sense of relief one achieves by arranging, adjusting, and aligning objects translates into remedying the creative blockade you are going through. It is mostly just about fighting the feeling that is disturbing you. You can either replace it, or you can fight it.