It’s been a hot minute since I last put up a post, over a month to be exact, and it’s been a frustrating month for me creativity wise. I felt unmotivated and uninspired by everything I was writing and the pictures I was taking – it all just seemed boring to me. So, I took an unintentional break to recharge and gain a new perspective. I’ve also been incredibly busy with college and work so writing began to feel like a chore and I was not willing to put out content that feels forced or I’m not happy with.
Although I still do not have a plethora of ideas overflowing I believe that the only way to power through this slump is to just keep going. As I’ve had this break from creating my own content, I still have been learning new things that I can do to be better at what I love.
So, here are 5 things that I have learned from my first major creative rut since I began blogging:
1. The Comparison Game Kills
I can do a whole other post about this topic because I feel like for everyone, not just people who are creative suffer from this every now and again. In a time that we have Instagram and everyone making their lives look glossy and amazing it’s easy to feel that you and your content isn’t good enough when you’re sitting there looking at everyone’s highlight reel in your pjs and several days’ worth of unwashed hair; but hey that perfect person with the perfect Instagram they have awful days, too, but none of us are probably ever going to show that to the world. So, what I’ve learned from this is that even though I love Instagram a lot I need to take a step back when I’m feeling like what I’m doing and creating isn’t good enough and to appreciate the awesome thing that someone else worked hard to create.
2. Flow vs Force
Something I have really been trying to get into is being in touch with the universe and trying to connect with it to hear what it’s trying to tell me. What I try to force myself to do will almost never be done with love and pride because I’m just not feeling it and when I’m not feeling something I could not be less interested in it. But obviously, there are some things in life that you just have to do despite how much you don’t actually want to do said thing. However, what I have found is that the more I do things that flow for me, the forced tasks are much more manageable and don’t feel as forced.
3. Find What Inspires You
Finding what inspires you and what sets your soul to the highest frequency is what I’ve found that makes me the happiest and motivated to do what I need/want to do. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before but one of my favorite ways to become motivated is watching Kalyn Nicholson’s YouTube videos and reading her blog. The more I watch and read content that is similar to something that I want to be making the more I feel the frequency shift from low to high in me and I start to feel better.
4. Life Happens
Sometimes life just happens, and you just have to roll with it and hold on until whatever is happening is over with. I found that the more that I have going on in my life and the more I try to also do creative things it just doesn’t flow well together which basically goes back to the whole idea of flow vs. force idea. But you know, life happens, and you just have to deal with it sometimes.
5. Taking a Break is Okay
Actually, it’s necessary. For a while, I felt guilty when I missed a week to post or when I took the month off I felt awful and kinda like a failure of a blogger. But I know I’m not actually those things and we all need a break sometimes even from the things we love and there’s nothing wrong with that. Taking a break, not only from blogging, but other things that I know I should be doing but I just can’t I feel an extreme amount of guilt – I’ve always been a guilty person even when something isn’t my fault – but sometimes you have to put things on pause and get yourself together before you get back up and go back at something full force.
Those are the main things that I’ve noticed that I’ve learned throughout this bigger creative slump and I hope you take something away that is helpful for you if you’re feeling creatively stuck.
It was a really long month and felt weird not posting for a while, but I’m back (I’m in the final stretch of my spring semester, yay!) and I have a lot of fun things planned over the next few months and I’m really excited about it.
I’d love to know what any of your experiences of a creative rut are like? What do you do to refresh your inspiration?