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The Ultimate Guide to Overcoming a Creative Block

Proven advice from an experienced Artist.

By Nicole (Nikki) M.Published about a year ago 3 min read
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Creativity is truly a special gift, and it is something that each and every one of us possesses.

Some of us are more naturally inclined than others. This is due to a variety of factors, which include but are not limited to the following: genetics, self-confidence, experiences, social influences and more.

The only limits that we have when it comes to creativity are the limits that we inflict upon ourselves. If we are able to overcome our fear of failure and not compare ourselves to others, then there is a marvelous world of possibilities that await.

Creativity is said to be an expression of the heart and soul. Life is beautiful but also hard and therefore the stress of every living can sometimes result in a creative block. This can be a very frustrating experience and consequently can cause feelings of sadness, negativity and self-doubt.

If you ever find yourself experiencing a creative block, here is the ultimate guide to getting back to riding the creativity waves again:b

1. Listen to music - Art and music share similar principles, such as pattern, rhythm, balance and emphasis. Music is known for helping to induce a Zen state of mind, which is optimal for creativity.

2. Read some poetry - the visual imagery of poetry can help get spark creativity and help create imagination. Poetry is the beauty of the heart that evokes emotion and creates a multisensory experience.

3. Spend time in nature - fresh air can help to get your creative juices flowing again. Studies have shown that nature is good for stress relief and helps to improve our general mental health. The beautiful range of colors, shapes, lines and sounds in nature spark imagination and creativity.

4. Mix it up and try a new creative art form - You might just be surprised by the new talents that are waiting to be unleashed.

5. Go online for inspiration - Pinterest is my top choice for a creative go-to! Pinterest is a fun online platform, where users can both discover and share ideas to help inspire creativity.

6. Take an art class - Being around other creatives can help you feel inspired. If you an introvert or perhaps just a homebody, there are many online workshops that you might enjoy! My personal favorite platform for taking creative courses is: https://www.domestika.org

7. Doodling - Studies have proven that people who doodle are usually better at grasping new concepts, staying focused, and refining creative ideas. In addition to this, doodling is a fun and low-pressure way to create and unwind.

8. Yoga - Helps to foster creative energy through the unification of our mind, body, and spirit. There are many different types of yoga and therefore if you are new to this practice, you may want to do a little bit of research before you get started. There are many things to take into consideration when choosing a yoga style so that you can truly reap all of the amazing benefits. To help you dive into this topic further, here is a fun resource for aspiring yogi's: https://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/types-of-yoga/find-right-yoga/

9. Watch an inspiring biopic - Some of my personal favorites include: Pollock, Maudie, Loving Vincent, Frida.

10. Mindful meditation – Studies have shown that mindful mediation works to enhance creativity and innovation. Mindful meditation can be helpful for clearing your mind and stress relief. If you are looking for a fun way to get started, there is a free app called "Smiling Mind." It is an evidence-based, not-for-profit mindfulness app with over 300 totally free meditations and mindfulness programs for both adults and children.

If you are still feeling stuck here are a few additional resources:

Free online Art Journaling class: https://getmessyart.com/messy-mail/htsaj-free-class/

Book list for unlocking creativity: https://www.canva.com/learn/40-books-unlock-creativity-start-lifes-best-work/

Creative playlist: https://www.artistsnetwork.com/magazine/art-studio-playlists/

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About the Creator

Nicole (Nikki) M.

I'm a free-spirit, deep thinker and continuous learner. My hope is that my stories will evoke emotion, educate and inspire. Thank you for being apart of my creative journey!

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  • Tracy Willisabout a year ago

    Great suggestions - thank you for sharing! ❤️

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