There’s a good range of Techniques if you’re stuck a rut, no matter how deep

Found yourself in a creative funk? Are you repeatedly opening and closing your laptop in the hope that ideas will magically appear on the screen? And keep doing so until that looming deadline smacks you in the face? It is quite normal to hit a mental roadblock from time to time, but after a few weeks, or even months, you may begin to think your slump is chronic.

Hitting writer’s block, more modernly known as blank page syndrome, can happen to any of us. Your inability to generate new creative brainwaves can come as a result of burnout, lack of inspiration or criticism, but there are many ways to overcome it. Here are four sure-fire ways to get out of a dreaded creative slump.

Take a step back

Allow yourself to relax. The best ideas may come to you while you’re taking a shower, watering your plants, or even walking your dog, rather than fixating on the problem. Pausing and allowing yourself to process information may lead to some astounding innovations.

By Anna Alford: Culture Columnist

Switch up your routine

Being too rigid in your every day regime can often hinder your imagination. Preventing yourself from experiencing new things can easily stunt ‘aha moments’ as you are depriving yourself of new inspirations. Work somewhere that is not your office; write instead of type; do work with your peers. Even the slightest changes can stimulate your senses to help your creative block.

Do some exercise

The brick wall you have encountered may be a result of you neglecting your physical wellbeing. Whether you go on a 10 mile run or (more likely) a 10 minute walk to the shop, you’ll start releasing endorphins that will help to cheer you up and clear your head, greatly benefiting the creative process.

Accept it

It is important to learn that the inability to come up with new thoughts does not reflect on your potential to create good work. Embrace the wall and stop being so hard on yourself. That million-dollar idea may come sooner than you think.

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