Four Tips to Stop A Creative Block

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Four Tips to Stop A Creative Block

At some point or another you may experience a creative block. You may try and try, but you just can’t seem to find an answer to your question or solution to your problem. According to, creative block is a common “condition.” So relax, you’re not alone! Creative block may be a result of lack of sleep, self-doubt, negativity, anxiety, etc.

So how does one overcome a creative block? After some vigorous research across the Web, I have compiled the best four steps along with a twist of my own to help you dig out of your creative slump.

  1. First and foremost, Dr. Robert Schwarz of suggests that you maintain a balanced diet and get enough sleep! A healthy lifestyle isn’t just about keeping your body fit; it’s about keeping your mind fit, too. Try imagining yourself as a car, if you’re gaslight is on “E” and one of your brake lights is out, you’re either A) not going to get where your going safely or even worse B) get pulled over by the cops! So avoid both and keep your car- I mean your body, a well-tuned oiled machine!
  1. Another tip from Dr. Schwarz is to remember creativity isn’t just going to appear magically. So do not get frustrated and upset with yourself if you do not think of that amazing, creative, life altering idea right away! Negativity is just going to continue to block those creative juices flowing. To calm yourself down and release the negative energy, try closing your eyes and take ten slow deep breaths and acknowledge your problem positively to tap into your creative mind!
  1. If you’re still not calm and creative after some deep breaths, try a different scenery. Dr. Ada Gonzalez, a communication specialist, advises during a creative block to take a break from your desk or workspace and take a lap around the building. Maybe do a few crunches or push ups to get the blood flowing to the brain. Either way, do something for at least five minutes that has nothing to do with what you’re working on! That way when you come back, you’ll be looking at your dilemma with fresh eyes and a fresh mind.
  1. Maybe, you just need some inspiration. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and some different opinions! Ask your co-workers, your mom, some random bystanders or even you’re five-year-old niece for input! Post your predicament on a social media website. You’ll be amazed of what a little feedback can do. It could take only one response to spark an idea.

There you have it, it’s as easy as it seems. Break your creative block with a healthy mind, a positive perspective, a change of scenery and a little help from others! Before you know it, you’ll think of that marvelous, ingenious, wonderful idea you were looking for all along.

Kathleen Poliski is currently an intern at The Radio Agency. Please follow The Radio Agency’s Blog “Sounding Board” by subscribing to the email or RSS links above.
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