Creativity and creating are a form of giving of oneself, and when too much of oneself is going out as a result of life circumstances, there might not be enough self left over for creative work. For women in particular, there is the inherited belief that we’re always supposed to be doing, caring and giving, but that is unrealistic. Feminine energy is associated with creation/creativity, while masculine energy is associated with destruction, but that doesn’t mean we’re supposed to just embody one energy or the other. We’re all a fluctuating mix of both.
When the tank is running empty, the car can’t keep running for long. Going through a lot of hard stuff can be very depleting, especially if you’ve been helping others by pulling from your reserves.
Give yourself permission to refuel mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally, for as long as that takes. Overfill that tank if you can, so that giving and creating spill out of you effortlessly.
In the process, consider putting some time and energy into a) receiving good from others, and b) healthy, legal forms of destruction (sometimes it’s the first step to something new being created…and sometimes it’s just a good stress reliever). I can’t guarantee it will work like a reset button, but it might shake up the neural pathways enough for some new ideas and artsy-craftsy desires to shine through.
Slumps and upheavals in life may also point you toward a different form of creativity than you were previously practicing. It might not be the time for art and craft, and that’s okay, because there are endless other ways to be creative. Emphasis there is on be, since there is absolutely nothing creative you have to do.