We've all been there. The blogging blues. The creative doldrums. The vast, chilling emptiness of writer's block. 
We've all been there. I'm currently there. 

Depression took over my brain this month, and instead of writing or hiking or painting or drawing or doing literally anything I enjoyed doing, I stared blankly at the television and let the guilt pile on with every passing day that I didn't write. Mental health aside, there's a few things you can do next time you find yourself bogged down in creative deadness. 

1. Read

"You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me," said C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia. If he had time to read while cranking out seven-book-long allegory for the teachings of Christ, then it's probably okay to take a day (or month) off and read. 
I've been going through the Harry Potter series again, and it's possible that the only reason I'm writing at all today is because I've been reading. 

2. Exercise

There's no shortage of articles linking frequent exercise to boosts in creativity. Maybe going for a jog or doing some kickboxing will get both your physical and creative muscles moving. Worst case scenario, you're doing something good for your health. 

3. Try a different activity

When I can't write, I paint. When I can't paint, I crochet. When I can't crochet, I draw. Doing any little thing that gives me license to be me inspires me to do more with my imagination. Before I know it, I have six new projects on my plate and I'm trying to do all of them at once!

4. Tell your inner critic to shut up

Every creative is thei own worst enemy. I heard somewhere that it's important to learn the difference between a "completed" project and a "perfect" project - because if we strive for perfection every time, we'll never get anything done. 
If you're anything like the creatives I know, you're probably getting in your own way. No one is going to care about this, you tell yourself. This is garbage, you say. Knock it off. Move on to the next thing. If you find yourself fixated on something, take a break and come back to it with a clear head. 

5. Get outside

There's a tremendous amount of inspiration to be had from the world around you. Go for a quick walk and get the creative juices flowing!

Published by Erica Roberts