Lately I’ve been stuck in a creative rut with blogging and I’m not really sure why or how this came about. My blog was relaunched with this amazing new design that I couldn’t be more excited about. Yet I find that I’ve been less motivated and blogging hasn’t exactly been a priority lately. I’ve been taking a step back to really think about the direction I want to take this blog which will be one year old in a month. It’s been crazy fun taking this up as a hobby and I couldn’t imagine not having a blog. It definitely takes up the majority of my spare time, but I’m definitely not complaining! What the heck did I do before this – watch Netflix all day on the weekends?
I know it’s normal to not always feel sure of oneself and that’s how I’ve been feeling lately. I’ll put it plain and simple. I’m unsure of the content I’m producing or not producing. And it’s all getting to be very overwhelming in my head, which is making me feel like I’m loosing my creative drive and passion. I knew these feelings would hit me eventually as I continue to blog. But at the same time, I feel it’s only healthy to have these moments where you question what you’re doing or trying to achieve. It gives you a chance to reflect on your work and hopefully help you to make the right decisions going forward. If you feel like you’ve lost your creative fire, do not panic! You will figure it out and be good as new in no time, I promise.
Give Yourself Time
It’s perfectly okay to give yourself some space while you reevaluate what you want. I get overwhelmed really easily at times and find it’s best to give myself the chance to detox from whatever is making me feel anxious. Occupy your time with other activities that bring you joy. When I want to relax and not really think about anything, I love to cook a new recipe or read a good book. Soon enough, those creative juices will work their way back to you.
Switch Things Up
Slip out of your ordinary, monotonous routine and do something different. It could be as simple as going for a long walk or taking a yoga class. Alternatively, you could take up a new hobby, which will hopefully take you outside your comfort zone. If you force yourself to think creatively about something different, I bet you will discover a new set of skills you didn’t even know you had.
Be Good To Yourself
We live in a world where social media can often dictate how we feel about ourselves. Not getting enough likes or comments can often make us feel as though we’re not good enough. It’s also extremely easy to compare yourself to others online, which is probably the worst thing you can do. Because the truth is, we’re all individuals with our own unique perspective on the world. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt
To yourself actually. Ask yourself a few questions that will get you thinking about how you can make some changes in your life that will help with creativity and your overall work/life balance. Recently, I started getting up earlier so that I have an hour of free time in the morning for myself. I use this time to write, brainstorm content, check social media and anything else blog related. Ask yourself – is there a simple change I can make to my routine that will help me feel inspired and get stuff done?
Continue To Work Hard
And when it’s all said and done, pick yourself back up again! I usually find I’m even more excited to get going once I’ve taken a step back for some time. You’ll likely have even more creative ideas come to mind than you have in awhile so run with it! Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up. Fact.