Few things are worse than trying to be creative when you just can’t. You stare at the blank page intent on coming up with an idea, but it only stares back at you. You spend hours attempting to develop a concept and you still have nothing.

As the deadline approaches, you try even harder to force some sort of creativity, but it seems that the harder you try, the less creative you are.

Has this ever happened to you? I know that I’ve been there more times than I’d like to admit.

Creative block is extremely frustrating and can even be paralyzing at times.

Luckily, Freelancers Union has put together a list of 5 ways that you can fight back. Sometimes, all it can take to get those creative juices flowing again is to simply step away.

Here’s what Freelancers Union has to say.

“Step Away

Immediately trying to muscle through these frustrating brain-blanks rarely works. Instead, step away from the task at hand for a few minutes. Read a few blog post articles, go to the bathroom, wash dishes. Sometimes changing your environment can help; make your bed or re-organize your workspace. It’s productive procrastination, and with any luck, it’ll also reduce the pressure you’re putting on yourself.

Return to your work after a couple of minutes. If you’re lucky, this mini-break may have triggered your creativity.”

Read the full article at Freelancers Union.