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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.
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.
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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