Creative funk’s are something that I have never really had to deal with before. I’m a pretty list orientated person, so honestly in the past I forced myself to do things even if I didn’t have the ‘motivation’ but lately, I have really struggled to get anything creative out of myself! I love blogging, my YouTube channel and taking photo’s for my Instagram, but recently you have noticed a huge lack of blog posts and YouTube videos, due to my creative slump!
So I thought I would give you five tips that have since helped me to get back on the metaphorical horse.
Get out of the house, if you are a full time or part time blogger and or a student, you will definitely spend a lot of your time at home, so being time poor might not be the actual issue, but sometime spending too much time at home can lead to feel uninspired. I find that a good old fashioned long walk can really clear the mind, even if it’s having coffee with a friend, going to the gym or doing an activity outside of wherever your creative activity normally takes place.
Look For Inspiration:
Go out and a find it! I know this may seem difficult, but buy a magazine, stalk Instagram, sit and people watch on a busy street, read other peoples blogs, even watch a classic movie that gets you feeling inspired! I really recommend forcing yourself to immerse into any form of inspiration! I personally love buying an editorial magazine, listening to some music, and even scrolling through Pinterest, it is a haven of exciting things. Even searching through hashtags on Instagram of things that may be suited, these are the kinds of things that you need surrounding you!
Change Things Up:
Do something different, wether it be moving yourself in your house when trying to get the creative juices flowing, or whatever it may be. Even just adding something, try adding more prop to the flat lays, changing the background in your YouTube videos, do a blog post in a more visual format rather than focusing on the written word. There are so many ways to add a little something different, without completely changing everything I truly do not recommend making an large changes especially when you are in a funk, stick to changing the little things, and then maybe keep going if you like it.
Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself:
This is one thing that so many bloggers I see fall into, they seem to feel so awful about falling into a creative rut, I really think there is nothing to be ashamed of! Everything can be resolved, there is no break that you can’t come back from I truly believe that! There is a fantastic quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald ‘For what it’s worth: It’s never too lat dot be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of , and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.’ While this quote is definitely focusing on far more serious issues than the creative rut of a blogger, I truly think that it relates to this, if you don’t like it, change it, and don’t be afraid to start over if it isn’t what you want anymore. Please also don’t compare yourself to others, don’t look at other peoples views, subscribers, likes and comments, just keep doing your thing, and good things will come.
This is a tip that I am not sure if it works for everybody, but this something that really helps me in regards to feeling unmotivated or as if I am in a rut. I love going through Instagram and Pinterest and finding quotes, like the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote above, I love finding gems and using them to inspire myself and give an added perspective! There are so many incredible quotes out there, written by people that can articulate far better than myself, so go out and hunt something up that makes you feel excited and ready to create new content.
Thank you for reading, I hope you have enjoyed some of the five tips, and that something has helped you right now, or even come back here in future should you need any of these tips or tricks. There are so many different ways to remove yourself from a creative funk, and getting started is the best way to break it, so get back on that metaphorical horse!