The Dreaded Creativity Mind (Road) Block

I am one of those creative types with an overactive brain.  You know the type: we think too much, do too much, have too many ideas.  Creativity unfortunately seems to come with a price.  Once in a while the Mind decides it’s time to shut down.  I get blocked out of my own brain.  It still spins, thoughts still fly around inside, but NOTHING comes out.  At least cohesively that is.

I’m an artist but also a writer.  Sucks to be me when that creative road block happens – it’s twice as painful.

Thankfully, us creative types are, well, creative.  We find ways to recharge and re-inspire ourselves.  Over the years I’ve learned a few tricks that I’d like to share with you.

creative block journal by mypipsqueak

Number 1 – The almighty journal.  Yes, it’s true, the journal could and should be your best friend.  I recommend at least two.  A little one for your bed side table and one to carry around with you.  Ultimately I’d just like to have one in every room of the house.

mini journal necklace by wayfaringart

2.  Word Prompts.  You have a few options here.  There are books, cards and online creative writing prompts.

journal jar by journaljarsbyjen

3.  Stimulate yourself visually.  Go old school and browse some design magazines.  See what Martha has to say.  Go to Flikr and look at pretty pictures.

paintbrushes photo greeting card by broomhillpictures

4.  Walk away.  Literally.  Take a walk, a jog – anything to get your body moving.

dancing in the dark by donera

5.  Consider a media diet.  Go in the complete opposite direction and just shut it all down.  The TV, the computer – everything.

wildflower yoga pants by redbootsdesign

6.  Relax.  Try Yoga, meditation, get a massage.

Creative minds, like the rest of your body, once in a while need a break.  Nurture your brain, treat it with respect and before long you’ll be back on that road to Creativity.  If you’re interested in something to feed your brain (literally) check out this list of Brain Food.

One thought on “The Dreaded Creativity Mind (Road) Block

  1. Bo Buckley says:

    So true. I like to keep a digital voice recorder with me in lieu of a journal so I can spew out my thoughts then simply download them onto my computer in the appropriate “creative” folder. Works the same as a journal but for me more convenient.

    Walking away is a big one. Don’t force the creativity. It will come.

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