Let’s Talk Creative Slumps

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As content creators, bloggers, photographers, marketing gurus, and photographers (and all of the other creatives out there!!) are often expected to live perfect lives, never share anything negative, have Pinterest-worthy homes, and be in relationships that are uncrackable. 

This could be further from the truth.

With that being said, I do think creators are doing a better job of realizing that it’s OK to share the not so great things that are happening in our lives, whether it’s a bad break up, infertility struggles, a not so nice follower, and even the small mundane parts of our everyday lives (*ahem* less than helpful contractors, grumpy children, frustrating clients, bad hair days – you get the point). Bringing me to my next point – being a blogger/content creator/influencer is A LOT of work. We wear 74838473 hats in order to create the content you see on our blogs and social media platforms, a lot of us are a team of one and have no extra help, and creativity block is a real thing. And guess what? IT’S OK.

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Sometimes all we need is a few days, weeks, months away to take a moment to ourselves, not on social media or glued to our phones.

Around the holidays, I slowed my roll on blogging, limited the amount of time I spent on social media, and honestly, just removed myself from the “blogging” world altogether. I wanted time to decompress, enjoy the holidays with family, and not have to worry about coming up with new content ideas for Hello, Her.

I was psyched to be able to come back after the holidays and hit the ground running in 2020 so you can only imagine how frustrated I was when my creativity was at an all-time low and the last thing I wanted to do was do any work for the blog and social media.

HOW I’M GETTING OUT OF MY CREATIVE SLUMP

Getting out of creative slump is easier said than done, but there are a few things I’ve been doing to help the situation at hand.

Take a Break

At first, I tried forcing myself out of my creative slump – reading magazines, scanning other blogs, having brainstorming sessions. None of which were helping. What did help was taking a longer break than I expected. Heck, I went almost two weeks without posting on Instagram (was still active on IG Stories!) and didn’t brainstorm any content ideas or draft out any content for topics I already had in mind.

Sometimes you just need a little more time than you were expecting.

Do More of What You Love

Maybe work has been busy or your social life has taken over. Either way, take time to do the things you really truly enjoy, that are outside of the Internet. Read a book, go to the movies, try a new exercise class, be a blob on the couch. Sometimes all you need is a little “me” time.

I’ve been spending less time in front of screens, doing more reading, and going to barre class to help clear my thoughts.

Create

Okay, this sounds a little crazy since we’re trying to get over the creative block hurdle but sometimes, the best way to be creative is to just CREATE. Take photos, write, draw. Don’t think, just do.

To help get my creative juices flowing, I’ve been shooting more with Caroline (she’s amazing BTW, and if you live in the Boston area, you must shoot with her!) and even had a day at The Newburyport Studio that was just what I needed to pull me out of my slump.

How do you get out of your creative slumps?


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  1. 1.21.20
    Hillary said:

    THIS POST!!! Taking the words right out of my mouth. I’m with you and definitely needing a much deserved break!!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      YASSSS GURL.

  2. 1.21.20
    Taylor said:

    Love this! I honestly find it harder to share things because of my family and friends. If they didn’t read my blog, I would be more open. I am always more concerned about protecting them from public opinion. And since I sensor myself, creative slumps happen all the time.

    http://www.repressingthecrazy.com

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Finding that balance can be so hard! I hope you find that balance this year and can have fewer creative slumps!

  3. 1.21.20
    Lizzie said:

    You hit the nail on the head! I went through a creative slump months ago and all of these tips helped profoundly. I also like getting outside and just being in the moment <3

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Getting some fresh air is so important!

  4. 1.21.20
    Mariah said:

    Ugh yes! I feel this too! I was so excited to come back to blogging after the holidays, but my creative juices are lacking. You’re totally right that just jumping in and forcing yourself to create has helped. Sitting down and just going for it was the way to go for me.

    XO
    https://moosmusing.com

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Yasss! I hope things are going better for you, too!

  5. 1.21.20
    Gigi said:

    Ugh creative slumps are real! Thank you for sharing.

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      They’re the worst!

  6. 1.21.20
    Kileen said:

    Such a great post! We all get into a creative slump and it can be hard to shake! I know taking a break can help me break free!!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Kileen!

  7. 1.21.20
    darleen said:

    I need to take breaks away from social media. I try to do it over the weekend and not open the app or work on my blog. I always feel rejuvenated when Monday comes!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      I love taking a break from posting on the weekends!

  8. 1.22.20

    Definitely hit the slumps on occasion and these are some great tips! xoxo, Sarah

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks, Sarah!

  9. 1.22.20
    Laura Leigh said:

    Needed this. I’ve been in a huge slump basically all of 2020 thus far. Need to do these things and see if I can get myself out of it. Thanks for sharing this lady!!!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://louellareese.com

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Being in a creative slump is such a bummer, especially when there is so much inspiration around us! I hope you’re feeling more inspired and ready to create!

  10. 1.22.20
    Stephanie Whitman said:

    Talk about relatable. I have been here, that’s for sure. And many times! But I do know that it always gets better – it just takes time to get through it. And your tips are excellent. Exactly what I’d recommend to anyone in a creative slump. You’ve got this, girly!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Stephanie!

  11. 1.22.20
    Caitlin said:

    I think it’s totally normal to go through creative slumps – and to also take time to recharge!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Yes!! I agree.

  12. 1.22.20
    Amanda said:

    Taking a break is so important. I recently took a break and just didn’t worry about posting while on vacation and it was so refreshing.

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      It’s so nice not having to worry about your phone or a computer and just taking the time to enjoy life!

  13. 1.23.20

    i 100% feel this. I took a blog break and IG break mid december! I just couldn’t do it. I was unmotivated and was borderline not caring. After a break, my creative juices came flowing back!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      There’s nothing worse than feeling overwhelmed over platforms that are supposed to inspire us to create and build a community!

  14. 1.27.20
    Em said:

    great tips – I typically take a break to recharge and then write out what I want to change & be better about when I get back!

    • 3.2.20
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Emily! Taking time away to recharge and figuring out what needs to change is so important!

  15. 3.11.20

    Love this post so much!! When I think about when I’m in a creative slump, I just feel so defeated and think that I’m not good enough. But you make it so NORMAL and I just love that!!

    • 3.11.20
      Rachel said:

      RIGHT!? It’s so important to take a step back and breathe!