I'm generally a positive person, people tend to think that I Iive in a fantasy world at times because of how optimistic I am, however, I'm human and there are times when I'm just really in a funk. This happens both emotionally and creatively. Today was one of those days. I felt overwhelmed, I felt like I needed to be doing something but the motivation wasn't there... A sense of anxiety came over me and I felt like screaming.
I wanted to know how to overcome this, so not only am I writing this post to give you insight, but to give myself some as well. Here are 10 ways to overcome your creative funk.
1. Take A Day Off
Taking a day off is the first thing I do when I'm just not feeling it. There's no point in forcing something that isn't there. What I try to do instead is a few remedies below.
Probably didn't think you would see this on the list. Complaining is fine, as long as it's in moderation. Think of it as venting... Perhaps venting would have been a better word. Give yourself 5-10minutes to go on a rant, then let it go and get back to work.
3. Watch A Movie
To some watching a movie or spending time outside of your craft can be seen as counterproductive, but it can also bring a great sense of motivation. Recently I watched Joy, and I felt like I could take over the world after viewing that program. A bonus tip is music! It really helps me get refocused
4. Stop Comparing Yourself
"Comparison is the death of joy". That quote explains it all. It's okay to gain inspiration from others, but once you start comparing then you're just killing your creative process. Early on I would compare myself to people who wanted completely different things out of life then I did... It didn't make any sense. 9/10 we're different people, with different goals and different styles... Be true to yours.
5. Take A Class
After my first year of photography, I thought I knew it all. I got bored so quickly, not of the art, but of shooting the same things. Nothing seemed like a challenge, so I enrolled myself in school. I learned things in the beginner class that I didn't even know. I also took classes that exercised my left hand. If you're unsure what this means then I'll explain. Take classes that compliment your art, for photography that would be photoshop or marketing, fine tune things that can be learned. You don't have to attend a university for this. Sites like CreativeLive, SkillShare and YouTube are perfect resources.
6. Write About It
Blogging is my best friend. Lately, I've abandoned it for this YouTube journey of mine, but as I write this I realize that perhaps I'm so frustrated because I haven't been writing as much lately. All of my thoughts have been bottled up and it's so calming to write everything out. A personal tip of mine is to write about all your feelings, don't limit yourself to negative entries, write the positive things to, that way you're in the habit of writing every day. Don't have a blog? No problem, pen & paper is suitable and apps like Evernote come in handy for those on the go...
7. Talk To A Friend
I use to be under the impression that my friends couldn't help me, especially in photography related situations. 9/10 your peers won't have the same creative ability as you, but that doesn't mean they aren't going through the same thing. We all are passionate about something, use metaphors to express yourself. I for one love creating photographs and YouTube videos, my friend loves collecting shoes and colognes. When talking to them I talk their language, but at the end of the day the solutions are all the same. They'll help you through your creative funk, just make sure you're there for theirs.