How to get your creativity back in shape after a holiday break

Last updated on 23 Dec 2021 - 3 min read

The creative process can be a tricky thing. It’s not always easy to come up with creative ideas when you’ve been on vacation for weeks or months at a time. However, having fresh creative work is crucial in the design industry – without it, your clients may find themselves stuck and lacking solutions to their problems. This blog post will give you some of my best tips for getting back into creative orbit once you’re done with your holiday break!


Find a creative outlet that isn’t work-related

When you’re in the creative zone, it’s easy to get lost in your work and forget to take care of yourself. This is especially true when you’ve been on vacation and don’t have a lot of new ideas to offer. To combat this, find an activity that isn’t related to your job and dedicate your creative energy to that. You can find creative inspiration in all sorts of hobbies, ranging from cooking and knitting to sculpting or woodworking – the possibilities are endless!

This week I decided to take up video editing again after being away from it for a while. Video editing is something that really helps me get my creative juices flowing, allows me to have fun, and get back into the right headspace ready for when I go back to work.

Set realistic expectations for yourself

One of the biggest creative blocks I can think of is when people set unrealistic expectations for themselves. When you’ve been on vacation, it’s easy to come back with a list of ideas that are impossible to accomplish in just one day or even just one week.

It’s important that before you get back into work mode – both physically and mentally – that you set reasonable expectations for yourself. Make sure you allot time to focus on creative work, and don’t feel guilty or pressured if it doesn’t come as easy as before!

Take it one step at a time

When you’re creative, it can be all too easy to get overwhelmed by projects and tasks that don’t seem like they’ll ever get finished. This is especially true when coming back from a vacation – after taking time off work, it’s tempting to want to take on every creative project under the sun!

However, this usually leads to even more creative burnout, and a lack of motivation to do anything at all. It’s important that you take things one step at a time – it might be helpful to create a to-do list with the steps involved in each task or project for this purpose!

Get back to your routine as soon as possible

One of the best ways to get back into creative mode is by getting back to your routine as soon as possible. This means setting a specific time each day for creative work, and sticking to it!

For me, this usually means waking up early in the morning so I have enough time to get everything done without feeling rushed. It’s also important that you try to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and get enough sleep.

Don’t compare yourself to others

Finally, one of the biggest creative blocks I can think of is when people compare themselves to others. This usually happens when you’re following someone on social media who always seems to be working on creative projects and has a never-ending supply of new ideas.

Don’t let yourself get bogged down by comparison – it’s important to remember that everyone’s creative process is different, and that’s okay! Focus on your own creative journey, and don’t be afraid to experiment with new techniques and ideas.

Have fun!

Lastly and most important, creativity isn’t always about work – it’s also about having fun and enjoying the process! When you’re creative, it should be a joyous experience, not something that feels like a burden.

Make sure to take some time for yourself during your holiday break, and enjoy all the new experiences and ideas you’ve collected. Relax, recharge, and get ready to take on your creative projects with a fresh perspective!