Creative Blocks and How to Overcome Them

My work with many clients has showed me that creative blocks often get diagnosed as mental illness so being able to recognize and break through them can be life saving. It can even keep people from suicide.

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Something important is consistency, having a daily creative practice that is done no matter what. Mine is daily writing every morning. Daily meditation and walks are helpful. I’ve had years of creative blocks but when you do daily creative practices no matter what, all of a sudden, the brilliant aha moment will come.

creative blocks

It’s important for creative people not to pressure themselves too much or push too hard, because ironically, trying too hard or getting impatient can lead to creative blocks. But most truly creative people know that the good stuff will come through when it does and we mostly need to be there with a net to catch it.

creative blocks

The most important secret to releasing creative blocks is to take care of yourself: your body, mind and spirit. Then the universe will know you are ready for more inspiration and art to come through.

Cleaning and organizing is very important also for moving through creative blocks. Every time I clean my car or my closet or basement, new creative inspiration happens. Looking the other way from the creative work is absolutely essential to breaking through a creative block.

Eating well, spending time with friends, even getting extra sleep can really help. Creativity doesn’t exist in a vacuum, so blocks must be seen holistically. They are sometimes there because you need time to percolate or discuss the matter with someone else.

creative blocks

The people with the most creative blocks are the perfectionists who will never share their creativity or even create anything because it isn’t “perfect”. By practicing your creativity a little every single day, totally imperfectly, purely out of your own need to, you will set yourself up to beat any creative blocks, and more importantly, have faith while you are blocked, because you have proven to yourself that you will prevail against all odds.

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