4 Ways to Free Your Mind from a Creative Rut
Guest Post by Larry Mager
It’s inevitable —there will come a time where there is a halt in your creative process and you will feel blocked. Sometimes this block can last for hours, other times for days. It is a frustrating place to be in nonetheless, and for a moment it may seem as though your next big idea or surge of creativity is far away in the distance. It is important to use moments like these to reboot your mind and use subtle yet effective activities to give your creativity the boost it needs. Here are a few ideas to get those creative juices back flowing.
Listen to Music
Good music that you enjoy has the tendency to pull you away from the current situation at hand and allow you to roam into a fun, care-free zone. When you have your headphones in and you’re jamming out to the latest by Bruno Mars, you are not thinking about your problems or that mound of unfinished work on your desk [or easel]. Allowing yourself the mental break that listening to music provides will jumpstart your creativity and get the ideas flowing again. The next time you find yourself in a creative rut, grab your headphones and vibe out for a few minutes before resuming your tasks as usual.
Meditation is one of the most ancient, yet effective practices you can use to jolt your creativity.
Make your home a clean, organized and quiet space for you to be able to de-stress and relax.
Practicing the art of mindfulness is a great way to focus your attention inward as opposed to whatever may be going on around you. In mindful meditation, you bring awareness to your breathing and the parts of your body. In a world full of constant chaos and movement, taking a mental time out to meditate will improve your creativity tremendously. Allowing your mind to relax and go to its natural calm state is a very beneficial tool to use when it comes to decompressing, relieving stress, and inspiring creativity.
Get some rest
That’s right —good old fashioned sleep. If you are pushing yourself day to day to the point where you are running on fumes, then you need to scale back and take time for some rest and relaxation. Nothing zaps your strength and creativity more than exhaustion. If you are overexerting yourself, you are limiting your brain’s ability to function and think clearly. When you find yourself overwhelmed or frustrated with the creative process, take a step back and allow yourself time away from the project. Take a nap or appoint yourself an earlier than usual bedtime and just sleep. It’s almost guaranteed that when you wake up, you will feel refreshed and rejuvenated, which in turn will allow creativity to return to you abundantly.
Write it out
A lot of times thoughts don’t get sorted properly and it causes deep anxiety or dissatisfaction which no doubt can be a creativity-killer. When you find yourself with a lot of thoughts swarming through your mind and you don’t know which route to take, get everything out of your head and in front of you by writing it down [or sketching]. Once you start writing, nine times out of ten even more ideas will begin to flow and before you know it, creativity will be back in your presence!
Having a creative block is not a fun place to dwell in, however with little to no effort, you can get your mind back on track and back to producing the results you desire. Choose to implement one or more of these tools daily and watch your creativity begin to skyrocket!