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Overcome Your Creative Block – This is UGG

It starts with an empty page. A blank computer screen. You wonder why you can’t seem to think of anything. Maybe you’re having an off day. Things will be better tomorrow. And then they aren’t. Soon enough it feels like you’re stranded in a desert, isolated in a barren wasteland devoid of all inspiration and ideas, and there’s no way out.

Except there is.

In terms of inevitability, the creative block ranks right up there with death and taxes. You see, creativity is like any other attribute; it waxes and wanes, ebbs and flows. Are you always as thoughtful as you possibly could be? As positive? As honest? Probably not. But you don’t usually beat yourself up when you fall short of those things. If you did, you wouldn’t have time for much else other than self-loathing.

So don’t let a creative rut be the thing that breaks you. Instead, try to get out of it. If you don’t know where to even start, read on for a few ideas.

Nix the routine.
You know the definition of crazy, right? It’s doing the same thing time and time again but expecting different results. So do things differently. Wear something you forgot you had in your closet. If you usually work indoors, try taking it outside. Eat at a new restaurant. Sign up for a class. Try to shock and stimulate every sense. These kinds of physical shifts can jumpstart your right brain, triggering new thought patterns and ideas.

Move around.
Regular exercise stimulates the release of endorphins—aka those things Elle Woods made famous—which have been proved to reduce stress, boost your mood, and improve sleep. Happy, relaxed, well rested people tend to be more creative, so make getting to spin class or going on a run a priority.

Every person is a well of inspiration, so you’re better off interacting with others than wallowing in self-pity. Go out and network. Reach out to family and friends. Maybe call someone you haven’t talked to in a while. You might end up having a life-altering (or at least thought-provoking) conversation.

Lean in.
Creative slumps happen. Don’t waste what energy you do have trying to fight it or putting unnecessary pressure on yourself. Give yourself permission to make mistakes and create something that might not be your best or something that might very well be your worst. Whatever you do, don’t lose perspective. Remember, this too shall pass.

Female model wearing the Dakota slipper smiles and paints while male model wearing the Scuff slipper happily observes