As you’ve probably noticed if you’re a regular reader or you follow me on any of my social pages, you’ll know that over the past almost 3 weeks, I haven’t uploaded a blog post. This is probably the first time I’ve done this in a good few years, however, I felt so uninspired and unmotivated, I just didn’t see the point of me posting something when my heart wasn’t in it. In my eyes, my blog is apart of my career, I do make money from it and get some amazing opportunities, which I’m so grateful for and I genuinely cry every time I get an exciting email. In my last blog post, I ironically chatted about how I felt to inspired from my trip to Berlin and it had given me a new lease of creativity. Well, that obviously lasted long, didn’t it?
I’m definitely a quality over quantity kind of person and would much rather post 1 blog post and be so proud of it, than post a couple a week and just not really feel anything towards them. So instead of feeling sorry for myself and allowing myself to wallow in my uncreative pit, I thought I’d attempt to get out of my creative rut and here’s how I did it! So if you’re feeling the same way in this overly competitive and saturated blogging world, let’s hope this helps you our even a little bit!
5-STEPS TO GETTING OUT OF A CREATIVE RUT
1. Give yourself time
When you’re in a creative rut, the worst thing you can do is rush the process. Sometimes you need to allow yourself to not do anything, not think of everything and surely at some point you’ll think of one idea that will warrant a whole load of new ideas. Sometimes it’s good to give your mind a rest and take a step back from everything to realise what type of direction you want to head in, whether that be creatively or how you live your life.
2. Stop putting pressure on yourself
The phrase ‘you’re a fine one to talk’ springs to mind with this tip. I constantly put pressure on myself because I feel like I’m not good enough, however, this then leads to me being in a creative rut because I feel as though none of my ideas are good enough. So when I’m in the creative rut, I still continue to put pressure on myself and spend every waking moment attempting to think of an idea thats worthy of my time. In actual fact, the best thing you can do is just go with the flow, take your time, let your mind rest and with that, ideas should come in their own time.
3. Look up from your phone
I work in Social Media, my blog is based around Social Media, therefore I spend A LOT of time on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook, gazing into the lives of others, others that I don’t even know. This generates me judging myself, hating myself and progressively wanting to hide myself away. Obviously, I have to go on Social Media, as it’s my job, I can’t not do my job and I do love it. However, the ‘influencer’ side of social media sometimes becomes too much. One thing I’ve started to do, is walk to and from work without putting my earphones in our looking at my phone. Although my walk to work ins’t the most inspiring, It’s nice to just walk and think/reflect on things and I find that this clears my mind up a little bit. Walking is actually where I discovered this cool artwork on a warehouse wall by where I live!
4. Treat yourself
I mean, well all deserve a little treat, right? So order yourself some new clothes and allow yourself to feel good and inspired by what you’re wearing. As all the imagery on my blog is fashion based, I find when I’m uninspired by what I’m wearing, I never want to shoot any blog or instagram content. Although my written content tends to be more lifestyle based, the imagery is what I need some inspiration with. If I feel good in what I’m waring the poses and my confidence shines through on the photos, or so I like to think anyway.
Although I can find social media a little overbearing when I’m in a creative rut, I find that Pinterest is the one website that actually makes me feel inspired, rather than ashamed of myself. I use Pinterest for a variety of things, for home inspiration, style inspiration and photo editing inspiration. So sometimes have a flick through my saved boards is really helpful in giving me a quick burst of inspiration and allowing me to generate more and more ideas.
SHOP THE LOOK
I hope you all enjoyed this blog post, it feels good to be back and hopefully I won’t have any more creative ruts in the near future! If you have any tips on how you get out of a creative rut, please feel free to share it with me in the comments!