how to get out of a creative rut in a month

time flies when you’re having fun?? two question marks because although this month has truly flown by, it’s largely consisted of me procrastinating about my dissertation (which was very confusing btw) and also trying to figure out how i should deal with february cos it’s such a limbo month.

it’s always a difficult balance between law and creating, and that’s why some months i tend to lean more towards one of them. it just so happens that i was also stuck in a creative rut these past few weeks but…march is just round the corner (think blossoms and butterflies and all that new growth stuff) and i just upgraded to a new camera this month. so as february closes to an end, i wanted to share a few tips which helped me wriggle out of a creative rut.

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be inspired by the word – even if i haven’t physically been creating, i’ve tried to use my mind creatively, by journaling and meditating on the scripture, re-writing verses in cursive or calligraphy, making some coloured swashes over the leaves of my bible. it also happens to be the most positive and life-affirming book out there. so give it a try!

chat to your friends – i’m always thankful for the people around me who are so filled with creativity and talent. when i share my troubles, they would always give me a kick and be sure to support me in my dreams – so go inspire each other!

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always be on the lookout. be spontaneous too – inspiration strikes at the least expected times. some of my most favourite shoots happen to be places i just stumble across, like the cafe just above 180 the strand.

go out and explore. – sitting in your room staring at a blank wall isn’t that helpful. go out and be exposed to people, smells, tastes, experiences. when i went back to london last weekend for chinese new year, i was immediately swept over by inspiration again. p.s. look out for my chinese new year inspired photoshoot soon.

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pick up a new hobby – try something new and distract yourself. connect with different people over a new hobby, be it a sport, music, writing, cooking. do something out of your comfort zone or something not routine. i’ve never been into sports myself, but surprisingly i’ve been finding my groove in squash with my flatmates lately.

self-care – you’re most likely stuck in a creative rut because you have overworked yourself and thought too hard about everything. get a haircut, read the book you’ve always wanted to, indulge in a cheese platter (don’t forget about the camembert).

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stay calm – this is only a season. you will find your touch again. understand that it is ok to be in a creative rut, because it gives you time to renew yourself before embarking on another adventure. relax and take a deep breath. after all, you can’t achieve big dreams without the right mindset.

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photos courtesy of kelly leow (@kelleow)

– heather sham

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