… are scary and depressing. The past few days have been weird. I started this week with a feeling of confusion and disorientation. A chapter in my live has come to an official end – I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. The whole Graduation ceremony was such a memorable experience and the fine dining at the Swiss Gastro Newcomer Award winner of 2016 was a culinary pleasure. But out of nowhere I felt an empty hole. No words, nothing to describe – just blank. And yesterday, the shocking news from Brussels even intensified the feeling… I have been at the exact same place three weeks ago and we passed at the airport several times each day… Shocking but somehow it makes me aware how lucky we have been. Speechless – the mental block is still partly here… Of course this happens from time to time to everyone and I thought this will pass on Monday morning. However, so many ideas in my head but not the state of mind to write it down or create content for the blog. Therefore, I want to share some ideas to overcome this feeling.
If you’re in any way a creative type, there’s no doubt you’ve met the inevitable mental block. You can’t just seem to produce anything worthwhile in this rut and no matter how hard you try, the creative within you won’t wake up – sounds familiar?! Let’s get started.
Change your scenery. We fall into patterns and routines so easily so something as simple as moving to a different place disrupts that banality. As a result, you broaden your horizons and fresh up your mind.
2. Focus on the easy things first
In the beginning, finding topics to write about was a fairly simple process because in the back of my mind, I had a lot of topics that preexisted. This meant I could just draw from it at anytime. And some days, it’s a painful struggle so while I’m clueless, I’ll spend that time focusing on the easier part of writing: photos that I can use. I’ll usually end up coming across an amazing image that triggers a topic or one that leads me to a place I can gain inspiration from.
3. Do something completely different
Drop what you’re doing altogether and go do something totally different. In my case, I’d drop the writing and go edit photos or run outside. The mind usually puts out the best ideas when you least expect it and you give yourself that chance when you stop focusing on it.
4. Go to a flea market or vintage shop
Strolling through nontraditional shops allows you to see all kinds of different things you’ve never seen before – pieces that hold a whole lot of history and character – this can be inspiring.
5. Read a book
Reading takes you away to nonexistent places that feel real in the moment. From those imaginary places, you might just find something you hadn’t seen before. Unfortunately, this is something I do far to rare.
6. Talk to people
Conversing with people, especially those you care about, can easily sprout ideas. When you hear someone vent about their personal issues the light bulb can actually go off. This is probably the one thing that helps me most. And creating further ideas on thoughts from others is a great input to flourish your projects.
Work with other creatives who excel in different areas. You’ll be surprised at the brilliant ideas they have to offer. Working in a team or generally with others is much more fun.
8. Go to a museum, art show, or play
These places are highly visual which really can really activate the artist in you. It’s also relaxing and takes the pressure away.
It’s not within everyone’s budget, but if you can, I’d highly suggest traveling. It really opens up endless opportunities and widens your perspective on everything.
10. Get started
Contrary to the pointers above, you can just do it even if it’s not your best work. When I’m struggling… anything that populates in my mind goes . It might not make sense initially (and most times it’s just bullshit), but I do eventually hit something good and take off from there. It does take a little more time than what’s ideal, but I almost always end up pleased with the end product.
What are your tips? Do you have some great ideas how to overcome these mental blocks? Let me know 🙂