Hey hey, what’s good yall?! I am blessed to be in a space where I continuously have to be creative. Currently, I am juggling choreographing multiple routines for a client, teaching various workshops, rehearsing for a dance festival, and running my business. Being creative is essential to my livelihood, but what if I am in a creative block? What if the thing that allows me to make a life for my family and myself, hinges on where or not my creativity thrives? With these thoughts comes an immense amount of pressure. I had to take a moment and contemplate, what can I do to get out of this funk? With deadlines approaching and money on the line, how can I revive my creativity while staying authentic? I began to think deeper, thinking of reasons why creator’s block exist and methods to get rid of it.
Your burnout can be attributed to your exhaustion. Creativity requires energy. If you supplement that with something that is physically draining, ie: dance choreography. I have learned that I need time to rest mentally and physically. Something as simple as rest can be the right fix for your creator’s block.
If you’re a foodie like me, then you can appreciate a good, hot meal. But if you’re anything like me, you tend to get lost in your creative work. Have you ever said that you would spend 1 hour on a task and end up spending 3? Then to compensate for that additional time, you tell yourself to work until you check everything off of your to-do list. Yet all you end up with is uncompleted tasks, a headache, and stress. Your body needs fuel to function. I am not just talking about coffee. (Even though I am a coffee addict) You need food full of nutrients and vitamins. You need all the energy possible to create hun. Remember point #1 – creativity takes energy.
Walk Away/ Take Time
Part of being a great creator is knowing when to walk away. I’m learning in this season of life and business, that it is important to know when to walk away. Taking time away to physically and mentally remove yourself allows you to quiet your mind and thoughts. If you have an office, take a walk outside. If you are a musician, literally put the instruments down and exit the studio. Sometimes we just need a momentary pause to reset our minds.
Explore Creative Hobbies
Being a creative entrepreneur means additional pressure to be “on” at all times when it comes to your creativity. Allowing activities that flex your creative muscles without this month’s rent on the line. I love to bake and decorate my planners. I find it fun and therapeutic.
Change Up Your Routine
This can be your habitual routines or routines in your creative process. Take the alternative route on your next commute home. Change the order of the steps of your morning routine. Try working somewhere other than your studio. Try a different media of art. Change up your canvas. The point is to break up the monotony to get that right-side of your brain going.
Allow Ways for Inspiration
Don’t be so committed to a concept or vision that you’re not willing to explore other options. Especially when it comes to artists, we’re sensitive about our $#i+ Be careful to not become so consumed with the thought of your art being a certain way that you end up self-sabotaging. Allow yourself to flexible and fluid with certain choices. Allow yourself to be inspired by other creatives and other people. There’s inspiration all around you- just have to let it come to you.
Get back to “why” you became a creative/creator. Reconnect with the emotions and feelings as to why you started. Sometimes we need a gentle reminder of how far we’ve come in our journey and why we love it so much to begin with.
Anything you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments! Also if you are a creative entrepreneur, please comment what you do and where we can find you on the internet/social media!
“The worst enemy of creativity is self-doubt.” ~ Sylvia Plath