What To Do When Mental Health Issues Cause Creator’s Block

Chloe Longstreet
6 min readJul 18, 2022
Photo by Ethan Sykes on Unsplash

A few months ago, I was on a roll.

I was writing articles about once a week. I was posting on Twitter three times a day. And I was sharing content on LinkedIn three times a week.

I had a system and it was working!

In May of 2022, I had two of my highest performing Tweets ever. I should have been on cloud nine.

Screenshot of author’s high-performing tweets

After all, I know from spending the past several years studying how people grow an active and engaged community on social media, that once things start to blow up like that, all you have to do is stay consistent. The results begin to snowball and then you finally have a way to get eyeballs on your content.

No more shouting into the abyss!

But around the same time, I was dealing with a lot of family stuff that was extremely traumatic for me. Memories from my childhood that had been long buried were being forced to surface. And I lost my mom.

She’s not dead, but she might as well be because we got into an argument and she refuses to talk about it or fix things despite numerous offers from my side of things.

Oh, and to top it all off?

She’s living with us.

To say it’s been overwhelming is an understatement.

I lost all my momentum. I was completely unable to be consistent. And I couldn’t write.

So what could I do?

Well, laying on the couch all day once a week feeling like I was dying was definitely within my range of abilities.

Photo by Rex Pickar on Unsplash

But everything else has needed to sit on the back burner for a while.

Now that I’m starting to feel a little better, I’m writing again and it’s great! I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things. But I also wanted to share this experience, along with some coping mechanisms for other writers.

Chloe Longstreet

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