Even the best photographers get into a creative funk. We all have times when we feel stuck. Sometimes creative funks come out of nowhere and all of a sudden we feel like a big, fat slug. No energy, no creative juices, and everything we do just feels blah. So, what do we do to fix it?
Instead of moaning and groaning about being in a funk, instead of beating ourselves up for it, I want you to try embracing it! A lot of times when we find ourselves in a creative funk our minds get stuck in this negative thought loop. We start to believe that we are doomed. That we are alone and no one who has ever succeeded experiences creative funks because they are passionate all the time. But that’s not true!
Replace those lies with truths my friend! You are not alone. And I would argue that ANYONE who has ever experienced success would tell you that creative funks are part of the process.
There is hope!
One of the biggest anxiety triggers when I find myself in a creative funk is that I know I still have to maintain my business, even I don’t feel like it. I still need to show up on social media and write blog posts. Photo sessions, editing, and photo delivery are still required.
Honestly, that pressure begins to feel unbearable. So, I do these things to remove the pressure.
When I feel that my creative energy is depleted, it’s often because something is blocking it, and the blockage needs to be addressed. Blockages include bad habits, irresponsibility, procrastination, feeling like I’m failing, or I don’t have clarity.
Sometimes the digging work needs to be done alone through prayer or journaling. When I’m able to figure out what is actually causing the creative juices to be blocked, then often times I know exactly what to do to fix it. Start with these questions:
Sometimes we sit and stare at the same thing waiting for creative juices to flow when really in the same way they always have. But that’s not how creativity works. A big component of creativity is newness. A fresh idea, a different approach, a new way of doing something.
If those fresh ideas don’t come to you, try shaking things up in other areas of your life to mimic the creative feeling you want. Try an online course. Rearrange a room, renovate a piece of furniture, try a new hairstyle, be spontaneous. It’s amazing how one simple action with a free and fearless attitude will gradually inspire other actions to take place.
If you are not filling your cup on a regular basis with whatever it is that fuels you then your creative energy will become depleted. Whether it’s intellectual debates, a bubble bath, nights out with the friends, do what you must to feel like yourself.
Need to laugh? Get on TikTok. Feeling disconnected spiritually? Go pray. Need to get outside? Go for a run, take a walk with a friend, do some jumping jacks or squats while watching your favorite show. Summon creativity by blasting your favorite music or baking a pie. Take a spontaneous trip. Read a book (not a blog or an email, a real book). Unplug from technology and consume other types of content. Consuming content from all realms of life and around all topics foster creativity. Here are some books to indulge in:
We were not made to do life alone. This only makes everything worse; anxiety, depression, creative funks, etc. If you don’t have one… reach out to me on Instagram. Or join my group coaching program for photographers, Above the Water. As a creative business owner, you need to surround yourself with creative people with contagious energy that will fuel a spark within you.