Lately I’ve been in a creative funk.
I’m not sure why.
People have suggested the full blood moon and lunar eclipse has brought some strange energy.
Whatever it is, I’ve been feeling extremely tired and sleeping a lot more than usual. And I already sleep a lot as it is.
This has left little time or energy for me to create or feel inspired. I’ve found myself wanting to watch TV shows, movies, read, but mostly just sleep.
Usually I find a way to get some creating into each day even if I feel tired – it might be simply just writing in my journal and playing with some stamps, or scraping a bit on paint across a page.
I always feel better for creating.
But these past few days I haven’t been able to bring myself to do that. I haven’t blogged – I missed my usual artjournal Wednesday post – and I haven’t done any painting, collage or anything else. I haven’t even really written in my journal all that much (which means I have some catching up to do for NaJoWriMo!).
Initially I felt guilty. I felt bad for stepping away from the things that I have made a commitment to because they bring me so much joy. But then I realised that, just like times of intense creativity and productivity, there also will be times where I don’t want to create at all, where I have nothing in me to give.
And that’s ok.
It’s a cyclical thing, this creative energy. It comes and goes, waxes and wanes.
So I’ve learnt to listen to my body, to sleep as much as I need, and know that my creative energy will come back around. Because the thing about the cycle is that I can enjoy this period of rest, knowing that some more productivity will soon be on its way.
I remind myself that while it’s important for me to create, it’s equally important for me to not create at times too.
It’s tough but it comes down to making peace with the process, accepting things as they are and having faith that this won’t last.
How do you deal with your creative down times?
2 thoughts on “The importance of not creating”
I have come to believe those ‘rest’ times of non-creating are essential — it’s a refueling for our brains and spirits and creative muse. I posted my thoughts a while back on this topic: http://doxallodesigns.blogspot.com/2015/02/rest-regroup-recharge.html
Hi Janice, thanks for sharing your post. So good to know I’m not alone in this! I too often get excited when I have time to myself but then don’t actually want to create when I do sit down! Funny how that works sometimes. But I totally agree – it is essential to refuel the creative muse – love how you put that!