Okay, I have to be honest here... I've been putting blogging off for so long for the simple fact that I've been creatively BLOCKED! So why not write about ways to get through a period of creativity block. I can't be the only one right?!
1. Write every idea down!
Always keep a journal with you, you never know what amazing ideas come will come to you out of nowhere and you have to be ready to receive them. If you aren't a journal person, use your phone! I can't tell you how many times I've been creatively stumped then I've looked back through my idea journal and the ideas came pouring down again.
2. Go Out With Friends/Family
Sometimes all you need is a little pick-me-up by hanging out with some company and getting out of your normal "creative" work environment. Friends and family help you laugh and sometimes their words are just enough to get you going again!
3. Surround Yourself with Inspiration
My first go-to is music, I love to turn on Anita Baker and India Arie when I need some good vibes to bring creative ideas back. Pinterest is also a great way to search and surround yourself with inspiration. Try searching motivational quotes, poetry and artistic photos. Sometimes, visual stimulation can get those juices flowing!
Now this one can sometimes be tough but is a necessity! When I say exercise, you can do something as simple as walking around the block or going up and down some stairs near by. I like to break a sweat so that I can get my body in full swing. Blood flow = idea flow. You can also make it fun by going downtown with a partner and renting some bikes to ride through out the city! If you don't have that option, one of my favorite YouTube workout channels is Blogilates! You can do amazing workouts in the comfort of your own home for free!
5. Talk about it!
A simple solution but may be tough for some. Even if you don't have someone to listen, talking aloud always helps me get to the bottom of why I'm not feeling creative. It may seem weird or crazy at first but letting it out helps you get through it. Try it!
6. Seclude yourself (if necessary)
Now I know this goes against some of my previous suggestions, but sometimes your creativity is eluding you because you have too many people in your ear or too many things on your plate. Try secluding yourself for some time even if it's just a small portion of the day to just hear yourself think. A little peace of mind and meditation will help you get back in touch with your creative side.
7. Go through old photos/videos
This is something I do ALL THE TIME. I love to go back through my old poetry books when I can't seem to find the inspiration to write and remember the old Angela and those old situations that led my to write an entire poem. These moments usually make me smile and I tend to realize how far I've come in life and that alone gives me motivation to produce something creative.
Traveling is something I pull A TON of inspiration from. There's just something about getting out of your element and seeing new things that sparks creativity! Traveling can get a little pricey at times, but I try to make it a point to at least take a road trip when needed.
9. Offer services to friends
This is something that I have just started doing since this year. I like to partner with YouTube friends to collaborate or ask to partner on certain projects with friends to maintain a creative circle. Also, when you partner with friends, they can always use their talents to help your projects!
10. Look at things more clearly
Lastly, try to look at things a little closer. Many times, the idea is right in front of you!