How I drag myself out of a creative slump (like right now)

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I don’t know if it’s because it has felt like the longest winter ever, or the fact that I’ve been blogging for four years now, or the arrival of the new social media app Vero, or that Lottie has been waking again early — or all four of these things — but lately I have been struggling to think of new content.

Pressing publish on blog posts has felt hard work and my mind has felt muddled.

I know, I know. Coming from the blogger who has written ‘how to’ posts on this before, and from someone who is always gushing about how much I just simply LOVE blogging.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy it all right now, I still do, very much so. It’s just that lately I have sat down to create content and I have been — a bit, well, stuck. You know when you get to the point that you start doing other things and just catch yourself staring out of the window…searching for some inspiration?

And it’s not as though I haven’t got enough going on in my life to share; I am super busy and we have a holiday in just five weeks = SO MUCH EXCITEMENT. I guess sometimes though you just can’t put into words how you feel, and you can also struggle to know what people who follow you want to read from you.

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To be honest I don’t feel like this very often, but when I do I tend to try out the following, which is what I’ve been doing lately.

Go out and do stuff. Yep, literally turning off my laptop, making plans with other people and going and doing anything is the best way to simulate my brain. Coffee, shopping, walks, going to the park with the twins, lunch dates. They all give me enough time away to think and to then want to get back into the blogging bubble again.

The Beast from the East has completely ruined this for me lately (and is probably why I have been feeling this way, as I don’t ‘do’ snow and ice) but now that blue skies have appeared again and the snow is melting (YESSSSS) I’m up for making new plans. It was a sweltering 10 degrees today! I am therefore popping stuff into my calendar and filling it up with nice things to look forward to.

Sweat. Going to the gym, running or working out at home REALLY helps me to get my happiness and motivation levels back on top form. I’m not being dramatic here but it literally changes my mood and outlook on life when I am feeling fitter. Usually if I workout first thing in the morning I’ll be in a much more productive frame of mind for that day. If I have missed a few gym sessions then I can end up feeling a bit fed up that week.

Reading other peoples thoughts. This is important to me. Sometimes it will just be an Instagram post, or a magazine article, but something will then trigger me to sit down and write a thousand words in one go. I’m not exactly into high-brow intellectual matters — I like to consume lighter content regarding style, feminism, motherhood, beauty etc — but I do read a lot of this kind of content from a diverse range of people/backgrounds.

Just writing content, again. Sometimes, like this blog post, it’s the process of starting with a blog post title and then going with the flow. This creative rut has been hanging over me for the last few weeks and so writing down that it is happening to me has really helped!

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I guess this is what being a creative person is all about and something I am learning more and more about myself — i.e. sometimes words and photos literally appear and ideas pop up everywhere, and then other times, nothing. It’s tough to manage those barren times but knowing that they are a small part of being a creative helps me to ride them and get through them.

p.s. I wrote this post in about 20 mins on a Sunday afternoon whilst Dave was cooking dinner and the twins were doing playdoh, so I guess sometimes you have to just sit down and go with the flow. 

Love, Jess x

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14 Comments

  1. March 6, 2018 / 10:31 am

    I’ve been having a creative slump for months and it’s driving me mad! My blog has solely consisted of #Littleloves posts for so long now I’m not sure where to start! Certainly know how you feel I’m adamant the weather does not help x

    • March 6, 2018 / 1:38 pm

      Ahh I don’t think it’s easy in winter is it? The cold, the dark nights and the constant staying in! I hope spring will give us all some much needed creativity again! Here’s hoping 🙂 x

  2. March 6, 2018 / 11:21 am

    I find going for a walk really helps me gets ideas flowing Jess, I also pick up a lot of ideas from snippets in books, podcasts or topics I see on TV. Some days it’s just not happening though and you just have to go with it. Definitely hoping for better weather here soon too! x

    • March 6, 2018 / 1:39 pm

      Absolutely – fresh air and getting out of the house is amazing. I agree — and the onset of spring just makes everyone feel so much more positive too! Hurrah for March and sunny months again xx

  3. March 6, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    This is how I feel most Tuesdays and Thursdays! (the two days I get when the boys are at school/nursery) and I really don’t use my days to their full advantage because I always have so much in the house to catch up on or I just don’t feel inspired. I like your ideas for how to find a bit more stimulation and inspiration though x

    • March 6, 2018 / 1:40 pm

      I used to be like that! On the days the twins were at nursery I would be so upset that I hardly achieved anything when really there was so much little free time anyway! Hope you get into a stride soon – but sometimes it isn’t easy xx

  4. March 6, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    I think the Beast has a lot to answer for, I was unable to go to the gym for a week and it makes you feel sluggish. You always write so well Jess I am sure we all go through this the creative process needs fuel, and woohooo exciting times ahead keep being amazing x

    • March 7, 2018 / 9:14 am

      Thanks Sarah — I feel ready to come with some new ideas now hopefully! Jess xx

  5. March 7, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    I get ‘the slump’ about twice a year and when I’m in it, it is hard to get out. I would never have guessed from your posts that you get it too , you always seem to be brimming with fab ideas! I often get ideas from a tweet or a quote or a magazine article – it sparks some thoughts and I go from there. I’ve got lots of ideas at the moment but no time! I’m also not good with photography like you so it takes me flipping ages to work out how best to style a post! xx

  6. March 7, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    I can relate to this post, I too have been going through a funk with blogging and putting content out. Although I’m a tiny drop in the ocean compared to your fab blog, I still find it hard to put together posts that are honest and genuine. I’ve had a lot of reviews just lately and wanted to strip it right back to basics and write about things that flowed from within, real honest posts. It doesn’t help that the weather has been so shocking but I really rate exercise as a mood booster it literally turns my frown upside down and makes me feel brilliant. I’ve just joined a gym and had an amazing workout today it really lifted me and motivated me. I also find reading other people’s blogs good for inspiration.

  7. March 8, 2018 / 10:40 am

    I can be so easily distracted and feel like this quite often, it’s nice to read that I’m not alone. Can you believe it’s been four years since we started on this crazy journey of ours? Where are you going to this Easter? xxx

  8. March 10, 2018 / 8:14 am

    I think all creatives have times like this – I know I certainly do. I do all my thinking whilst I’m out walking (or doing the washing up – I know which one I’d rather be doing!) so if I’m feeling really stuck I’ll escape the house no matter what the weather. It really helps! Hope you find yourself feeling more inspired soon (and beautiful photos by the way)

  9. March 10, 2018 / 11:53 am

    I definitely find getting out the house helps when you feel a bit bleugh, sometimes it’s just being in the “real world” or simply getting some fresh air. I always come home feeling much more motivated. The problem is when it’s cold, and raining the thought of going out (especially with kids in tow) can seem a little bit too much like hard work. I can’t wait for Spring to kick in and to be able to get out to the park or go for a walk, hopefully it’s coming any day now. xx

  10. March 13, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    We all get into slumps this is great that you can pull yourself up, get motivated and back to it. Love the plants hubby is always teasing me we live in a jungle that dies and then shows up again a few weeks later only to die again. hahaha Black thumb here but I love plants around the house to make me feel fresh and outdoors a bit. I love your living space so beautiful hun. #wrc

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