My Number 1 tip for artist block that people rarely mention or think about.

I was talking with Shumaker Art on her video comments the other day, about her top tips that helped her overcome artist block. Amazing artist by the way, check her out on YouTube.  All creatives experience creative blocks, not just artists.  There were good tips mentioned such as going to the beach to become inspired. She also mentioned taking care of yourself with exercise and eating well etc. I messaged her with my thoughts, explaining that I saw our creativity a little like a car that needs fuel to run.  If we do not have creative fuel then we will run out of ideas, until we refuel.  I was very impressed she mentioned eating well within her tips. However, I also think that, without good nutrition all the other tips will not work as well as they could.  I think it is a little more important than people give it credit for, therefore, my number 1 tip is eat good nutritional food. Read on if you would like to know why? Continue reading “My Number 1 tip for artist block that people rarely mention or think about.”

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – an artists review

I was recently recommended Big Magic – Creative Living beyond fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, as a book every creative person should read.  It is not a new book but I had not read it.  Being a creative person I thought it would be good to nourish my creativity so bought it for my kindle.  I like to read, whenever I make time to.  I was not disappointed and it was very easy to make time to read this book.  Here is why.

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How does creativity make life better? A mental health nurse and artist view.


I am sure if you google this question you will find a very large list of answers.  You may have even found this blog post because that is exactly what you have done already.  As a mental health nurse I have considered this question many times so I can work better with those who need my help.  As an artist I have wondered how to make better use of my artistic talents rather than keep them to myself as just a hobby.


There is no one answer to how creativity can help you get a better life.  It all comes down to what you, the individual considers a better life.  Here are my top 3 interesting reasons creativity helps us.  There are so many it was not easy to narrow it down to just 3.  I would like to hear from you in the comments if you have any thoughts on my choices or if you have any more to add you think are important.  What is the one thing you would like to change to make a better life for yourself?

As a nurse it is instilled in us that something has to be “evidenced based” and so my top 3 reasons are all evidenced based.  I have added one link to related articles in each reason to help show some evidence.  However, there are loads of other articles available if you want to do your own research. I would also like to share with you a personal story at the end, which demonstrates how it can work in real life. Continue reading “How does creativity make life better? A mental health nurse and artist view.”