There have been a few times in my life where I felt artists’ block. During those times I had nothing but fear when facing a blank canvas or sheet of paper. I shamed myself further for not having good ideas or for not creating any artwork. For me, this persisted on and off for years. Anxiety has proven to be a creativity silencer for me. I find that when I calm my mind that ideas start to appear.
Meditation is an excellent and proven way to get my mind into order. It admittedly took a few false starts before I made this practice into a habit. I’d recommend trying meditation apps like Calm or Stop, Breathe & Think. There are plenty of free sessions available between both of these apps. Both even offer a timed guided breathing session that has been a lifesaver in times of anxiety and stress. I have confidence that when you quiet your mind that all your good ideas will appear.
Second, record the things that come up in some manner! You can’t guarantee that you’ll have that same thought again so it’s best to keep notes just in case. The mentors I look up to also suggest this exact same thing. Writing in a journal or notebook around could be the answer for some people and talking into a digital recorder could be better for others. Keep track your thoughts in any way that works for you.
I recently worked with Chris Pemberton of Crisp Creative when I participated in Creative Mirror USA and he has some very interesting thoughts on creativity. Check out his TedX Talk here.
Breathe. Take a beat to focus with even a tiny amount of meditation and the rest will follow.
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