Writer’s block…ever had it?
Or a creative block of any kind?
If so, I feel your pain.
It happened to me the other day, as I sat down to write this blog.
Even though I really wanted to write, the words just wouldn’t come.
I got stuck in overthinking & over-analyzing.
And trying too hard.
And then impatient with myself on top of it.
Which definitely didn’t help.
Because in my experience, impatience and creativity do NOT go hand in hand.
I can’t force myself to write.
Instead I have to stop.
And do something else that grounds me in my body.
And reconnects me to my heart and soul.
To my intuition.
Like doing yoga, walking in nature, listening to an inspiring podcast, or chatting with a friend.
Or doing anything, slowly and mindfully. Like washing dishes or folding laundry.
The more I get out of my head (and let go of trying so damn hard) the more I get back ‘in the flow.’
And feel inspired to start writing again.
It might not happen immediately.
It might even take a few days or longer.
But eventually it does happen.
And I’m learning to trust that.
To let go of needing things to happen on my own rigid schedule.
And instead, let them happen more organically.
Because it really does feel sooooo much better that way.
More real. And more authentic.
Which definitely works for me.
So if you ever experience a creative block, here’s a tip for you…
Rather than trying to beat yourself (or your creativity) into submission, try these 3 simple steps instead:
- Take a break and go do something else. Anything else! That takes you out of your head and back into your body.
- Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself the way you would a good friend, who may simply need a little more patience, love and understanding.
- Call someone supportive (or hire a life coach!) to bounce ideas off of. Or who’ll encourage you to take the much-needed break you may be craving, but haven’t been able to give yourself yet.
And before you know it, you’ll be able to breathe just a little bit deeper.
Feel a bit more relaxed.
And be back in your own creative flow.
Just like I was when I sat down to write this blog a few days later.
So here’s to moving through life with less effort. And more ease.
‘Cuz who doesn’t want more of *that*?!
If you have any tips on how you get back into your own creative flow, I’d love to hear in the comments below.