Where have I been? Fighting a Creative Slump.


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I haven’t been blogging.

I haven’t been going to the gym.

I haven’t been meeting up with friends.

Truth is, I haven’t been doing a lot the past few months…

If I’m honest, I did not see it coming. The lack of energy and motivation seemed to have taken over me slowly but surely.

Coming home from work, I first did not had it in me to go to the gym anymore even though I use to look forward my Zumba classes to loosen up.

Then, I did not even have the energy to cook myself a nice meal, an activity which used to be my ultimate stress relief.

Finally, I lost my passion for reading books and watching films/series; it was as if entering a fictionous world had now become too big of a commitment for me …

And it was when I reached that point, that I realised I definitely needed to do something to get out of this slump.

A creative slump to be precise; where your brain goes into overdrive and seems to pause all of its amazing capacities to protect itself. Unfortunately, without creativity and imagination life looses its appeal, the smallest things suddenly become insurmontable and the only available solution seem to be to retreat slowly in your shelf.

In light of all of this, I decided to put into place my very own plan of action.

Don’t be fooled, it wasn’t easy and some days I still very much need to pep talk myself into acting on it, but if you find yourself in a similar position the following tips might help you get back on track.

 

  1. Set yourself a new (reachable!) goal.

    Although it might seem like the hardest thing right now, start by setting yourself a new ‘challenge’ of some sort. Although I should point out this should totally be something attainable – I am not talking about setting off to climb the Everest on a whim!

    Think about something that you always told yourself you were going to achieve or reach for in your life and set it into action slowly.

    For me it was signing up for German evening classes. Being a quarter German I already had some basics in the language and I always told myself that I would one day aim to become trilingual. Going back to Uni for classes renewed my thirst for knowledge and opened me up to new exciting perspectives.

  2. Don’t be afraid to tell your friends and family how you feel.

    When you start experiencing those feelings it is easy to find yourself closing up to the world, and to your friends and family in particular. I can vouch for it because it is totally what I did…

    However I quickly realised when I finally started talking to them about it that they were in fact holding a big part of the solution to my problem. Indeed, who best than your closest friends to remind you of your potential and creativity when you cannot see it yourself anymore.

    Put it that way: they are seeing the big picture of your life while you only see a magnifying mirrored version of it…

  3. Ease yourself back slowly into your past habits.

    While you might think this would be the logical first step, I actually believe that it is the hardest.

    If you literally force yourself back into your ‘regular’ creative activities it might just create the opposite effect and deepened the block you are currently experiencing.

    Instead go with the flow. See where your new challenge takes you and before you realise it, this might just help you set back into your creative routine.

    Speaking for myself, writting this post – and thus launching myself back fully into blogging – is totally a result of taking part in German class; learning something new made me want to share the experience with others hence this very blogpost!

To sum up, don’t put pressure on yourself. I know it’s easier said than done but I fully intend on trying my hardest.

In the best creative manner possible of course!

 

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