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When Creativity Takes a Timeout

Imagine you are an artist starting a new job as a creative individual in a marketing agency. As you find your footing, the creative fire burns deep in you. Two months swiftly elapse as its flame grows brighter with zeal. The ideas are churning out, and the metaphorical cogs in your brain are well-oiled and turning smoothly. You are contributing well and at peace with your inner artist. You feel inspired. 
One day, you don’t come up with any ideas. 
That’s okay. It’s just a slow day. 
You experience the same slump the next day and assure yourself it's merely momentary. But it happens again the day after. And the day after that. “Just a rough patch,” you repeat to yourself.
It’s been four f*cking weeks that creative paralysis has taken over your life. You’ve scoured  every single Google search result on ‘how to get rid of a creative block’. Besides staying as  optimistic as possible, you do what the websites say: physical activity, a change in scenery,  good sleep, routine, creative exercises, and brainstorming with colleagues. There's a flicker of progress, but your ideas are still only silhouetting. 
They say artists should suffer a little for their art. 
Whenever a creative block hits, we talk about what to do and how to get out of it. But when  that doesn’t work, we don’t necessarily talk about what it does to us. In a world where time is 
money, there is an expectation to deliver creative ingenuity every day resting heavily on our shoulders.
Artists fear for their job security, reminded that they are replaceable or some AI bot will run  them out of town. creative block only adds fuel to that fear. Slowly, one loses confidence and begins second-guessing even a thought that had potential. At some point, they even start to question themselves, whether that artistic spark has been extinguished or whether they can even identify as a creator, let alone an artist. On top of that, they feel like they have failed themselves, their team members, and the creative community. The feeling that eats from within, is constant. It affects their personal lives, mental health and insecurities — so much so that they cannot concentrate at work. 
Thus persists a vicious cycle, a perpetual emotional rollercoaster. 
Everyone is unique and eventually overcomes obstacles at their own pace. While some 
people take time to discover ‘their method’, some wake up, and the creativity is miraculously back! There is no guide for dummies on this. All you have to do is be human. Wake up every day and back your passion. Nurture your artistic voice. Remember to take a break. Don’t forget that every question and thought has a purpose, no matter how stupid it sounds to oneself. 
When you sense even the faintest glimmer, rush to your portal and take matters into your own hands. 
Be kind to yourself. Your art is NOT LOST. 
Your ideas reside in your artistic voice. They have always been there, an integral part of your 
You just have to show up.