Have you been feeling a little stuck? Do you feel like you are in a creative slump lately? If so, what you may be missing is the right type of inspiration. It is easy to be motivated by deadlines and finances, but this doesn’t really work when it comes to your creativity, whether you use it for hobbies, art, your daily life, writing, or even in your job. Here are some unexpected ways you can find inspiration.
Start writing absolutely everything down. Try the stream of consciousness form of journaling where you just write whatever comes to mind. Write good idea and bad ideas, write fiction or poems, write detailed to-do lists, and write what you did today. Write about your goals and dreams, write about your strengths and weaknesses. Write about your accomplishments and failures. This is a really effective way at learning more about yourself and understanding where and how you got stuck, and why you ended up in a creative rut.
Read Something New
Always keep reading and learning! Reading provides some amazing benefits when you feel stuck and uninspired. The trick here is not to just stay in your own reading comfort zone. Find a different genre, a new author, something you never thought you would be interested in. Go to a completely different section of the library or book store, pick up something at random, and just start reading.
Find New Surroundings
If you do the same thing every day and always see the same thing, it can be really hard to find inspiration. Go outside, find a new place to explore, and change your surroundings. This alone can be amazing for getting inspired, and getting some brand new ideas.
If you work from home, try switching to a different space in the house, even if its for a few hours. Sometimes the change can free up your mind and allow you to work in a different mindset.
Reduce Your Distractions
You may also be dealing with a creative slump due to some distractions in your life. Try to start reducing distractions if you feel they are causing creative blocks. If you share your space, eliminating excess noise with foam earplugs, or listening to music with earbuds, might give you the optimal audible space you require for your creative juices to flow.
Practicing Self-Care Is Essential
Do you know why self-care has been a trending topic lately? Because of how important it is! You NEED to take care of yourself, aside from what your other work and personal responsibilities are. You are not just a mother or father, friend, neighbor, executive or co-worker. You are a human being that has needs you need to take care of yourself, including your physical, mental, and emotional health. Practicing self-care can help you relax and really help a lot with gaining more clarity and creativity in your life.