One more voice in the chorus of “Yup, been there”. Take comfort in
the fact that you’re not alone.
For me, I was sooooo fried after grad-school that it was several
years before I started making serious pieces again.
There’s been some very good advice offered already: take a break,
and don’t stress it. The harder you push, the less progress you’re
going to make.
I’ve always thought of it sort of like Maslow’s pyramid of needs.
You need to secure food and shelter before your brain has enough
energy to spare to worry about less pressing things like friends &
family. And you need to get those sorted before you can spare a
thought for higher esoterica like art. Creativity is just about at
the absolute tip of that pyramid. You need to have pretty much
everything else in your life sorted before you have enough energy for
creativity. Either that, or you need to find a way to put it all out
of your mind, to the point where you can operate as though everything
else were sorted. (Easier said than done.)
If your life is in an uproar, and you’re ill, are you surprised your
brain has things it considers more important to worry about? Relax,
it’ll come back.
Meanwhile, for me, I’ve often found just getting up and doing
something helps. Take a first step, in some direction. Once you’re
moving, it’s easier to keep moving. Make inertia work for you for