Over the past few months, I’ve felt that my creativity is completely stunted and I haven’t felt like I’ve made any sort of progress in any of the things tat I’ve tried to work on. I made a post a while ago, talking about how distressed I had been due to this. However, there are a multitude of viable options on how to handle this block, some which I’ve learned recently, others from past stressful times.
One of the first things that I did was work to determine what was stressing me out. I’ve learned that stress tends to be one of the main causes for my block in creativity. There are two main causes for my stress. One of them is school. It’s no surprise that graduate school is extremely time consuming. As such, I could feel a lot of stress build in trying to figure out what to prioritize in writing for my thesis. While this is stressful, the thing that has caused me more stress is very personal. My main cause of stress is my uncertainty on my future. I often worry about the possibility of securing a job and whether I should focus on furthering my education or giving myself time to explore more creative endeavors. I know this is something that I will have to figure out, but to alleviate the stress that it’s caused, I started to weigh the possibilities.
Another way that I’ve learned to handle a creativity block is to reduce the amount of time that I spend on social media. To preface, I’m not someone who views social media as something completely negative. However, I am aware of the adverse effects that an abundance of time on social media has on me. I also know that my use of social media plays to my tendency to procrastinate. I’ve implemented an old habit that worked for me in the past which is to refrain from using social media from 6 a.m to 6 p.m. Already, I’ve seen the positive effects. I’ve also found that using this time to meditate instead of using social media is very helpful.
The last one option that has helped me in getting through a creative block is to work on anything and everything. Specifically with my writing, I notice that if I feel like something I’m working on isn’t good enough, then I tend to give up all together. But I’ve learned that if I work through something, even if I don’t like it, I make more significant progress. A short story that I wrote a few weeks ago was something that I would start and then scrap repeatedly for two months. However, one day I simply sat down and wrote until the story was done, ignoring the itch to erase everything that I had already worked on. Once I was done, however, I realized that a lot of what I had been fretting over was easily fixed in making a second draft.
I hope that these may help someone else who may be going through the same block.