Biggest Hindrances to Nurturing a Creative Mindset

When it comes to being the textbook creative type, it’s important to have a healthy mindset, but this is much easier said than done.

ScienceDirect released a study revealing that those who take measures to create and maintain a positive mindset showed signs of greater happiness, increased restfulness, as well as an overall decrease in anxiety.

Having a Negative Mindset is Bad for Your Health

Conversely, an article by Healthline shows that there are immense effects that anxiety can have on the body and one’s overall health. Health problems related to stress and anxiety include compromised immune systems, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as anxiety’s link to other health problems, including headaches, muscle tension, and insomnia.

Many people out there glamorize the idea of the depressed artist, however, nurturing a positive mindset is believed to be directly related to better creative output.

Below, we go over a few of the biggest hindrances to nurturing a positive and creative mindset.

Relationship Struggles

Relationships and depression often go hand-in-hand. If you are in a troubled relationship or are having relationship problems with someone close to you, you could be three times as likely to go through a bout of depression as those who have healthy relationships. 

If you’re unhappy with a relationship or have a relationship with someone who is hardly supportive to you, you are almost certainly at risk for experiencing depression, which can seriously hinder the creative mindset. 

Related reports that 60% of people who suffer from depression list relationship problems as the primary cause of their depression.

Sure, many famous (and infamous) artists suffered from depression, but take a look at where that sort of mindset brought said artists. Many have come to ignoble ends due to a lacking positive mindset.

Creative Blockages

Whether you’re a writer trying to start or finish a book, a painter trying to fill up their next canvas, or a musician trying to write a song, it’s likely that you’ll experience a creative block at some point in time.

Building a practice that you can rely on day in, day out is one way to overcome a creative block. Another way to traverse creative blockages is to put the work down and have a soul searching experience. You can go to a museum, spend some time with a loved one or a friend who inspires you, or even curl up with a good book and wait for the muse to visit you once again.

Sometimes creative types need to get away from projects and focus more on being in the moment. Not every hour of every day has to be wildly productive. Understand that you might be doing important work just by practicing a little bit of self-care and relaxation.

Financial Troubles

Writers like Bukowski glamorize a certain type of lifestyle where struggling to pay bills is the best way to go about life in order to be inspired and creative. 

When you’re stressed over financial troubles, this can seriously hinder a creative mindset. How can you complete a project uninterrupted if you have bill collectors calling you on the phone?

Often, those who engage in artistic endeavors have to work some sort of 9-5 or a day or night job in order to make ends meet. When you work a “normal” job for a living, it’s hugely important to carve out a good amount of time when you’re not working in order to produce creatively.

If you’re struggling to pay your bills, racking up your credit card balance is probably not a good idea. Credit cards often carry high interest rates and those who explore this option might dig themselves in a huge hole in a short amount of time.

If you have any sort of assets that you can part with for a short amount of time, pawn shops are one option where you’ll often only have to pay one low fee in order to borrow money. When you pay the debt back in full you’ll get your property back, too. Car title loans might be another option, especially if you have a spare vehicle sitting in your garage. If you take a title loan out on your daily driver, you will still be able to keep your car and drive it, too. However, it’s important to make sure that you pay your payments on time and in full. You can establish more peace of mind by making extra payments and paying your title loan back quicker than agreed upon, this way you end up paying less in interest.

Stay Inspired On a Daily Basis

When you’re a creative type, many of your hours will be spent alone with your work. This can be a lonely place, but it can also be a shelter of refuge, especially when certain people in your life stress you out or let you down.

In the end, it’s up to you to make sure you declutter your mind and stay inspired. By avoiding these common hindrances to creativity, you will be able to cultivate a healthy and creative mindset, which will serve you well in all of your endeavors.

About The Author:

Aqib Ijaz is a content writing  guru at Contenterist. He is adept in IT as well. He loves to write on different topics. In his free time, he likes to travel and explore different parts of the world.