When I find myself in a creative rut it always helps tidying and reorganizing my studio workspace. For some reason my creativity is very much affected by the interior and the feeling of a room. When I see my workspace with fresh eyes it’s like an instant mindset shift and a stream of new ideas are coming to me.
If you find yourself in a creative rut, feeling empty and uninspired don’t wait for something inside of you to change so you can create again. What feels like an inner block can often be fixed with physical changes. By moving your body and changing your environment you can pull yourself out of creative frustration and into creative stimulation and inspiration.
It is critical to embrace these phases of low productivity. Stop believing it’s a weakness and learn how to leverage your creative ups and downs. Nothing is wrong with you just because you have a creative block and you are certainly not broken because you are in a rut.
Instead of waisting valuable time blaming yourself for not being creative enough, start spending your time on physical changes and practical activities.
Move your body, go for a long walk, visit a museum, paint a wall, throw out all clutter in your studio, jump or dance like no one is watching. Take back your creative power by moving, doing and taking action.
When I recently talked about this topic with my community on Instagram, I love how the fabulous photographer Sarah Gardener beautifully put it to words;
“I often think of the creative lows as my brewing days…,I can feel the restless heartbeat of the next idea. Often I’m so eager to get going… but it’s a process, a cycle, and it never leaves us, just goes around for another turn”.