It’s very easy to get stuck in a bit of a creative rut – believe me, I’ve been there. It’s extremely frustrating and leaves you feeling useless and down. Whether you need a spark of inspo for a project you’re currently working on or just a distraction from the shackles of mundane daily life – there are a few things you can do to help yourself.
Until recently, I found myself in a 2 or so month slump and I hated every second of it. I felt disconnected from my creative world. I didn’t read, I didn’t blog or write at all, I didn’t draw – nothing, I did nothing. Which, for me, is incredibly frustrating because there are all things I thought I loved. Sure enough though, I came out of it and I’m back to my old self (thank God, I was starting to go stir crazy). I wanted to share my tips with anyone else who is feeling the same, because it honestly sucks.
MAKE A CUP OF YOUR FAVOURITE METAPHORICAL TEA
Obviously make a real cuppa if you want but this point is all about doing whatever you like. Just do something simple and easy going. Something you really enjoy that will temporarily take you away from the monotony of life. One of my personal favourite ‘cup of tea’ activities is to sit down somewhere comfy, close my eyes and create my happy place in my head. I’ll imagine each and every little detail needed to create my own little imaginary utopia – it’s very easy to lose track of time doing this but who cares?
CREATE YOUR DREAM WORK SPACE
If the area where you spend the majority of your time is dark and dreary, are you really going to create your best work or get a surge of creative inspiration? No.
Sometimes it’s just as easy as opening up the curtains and letting some natural light spill into the room. If that won’t cut it, then spend some time thinking about re-vamping your work space. If you work at home then you have more freedom in changing things up a bit but if you work in an office then there are still lots of things you can do to brighten up and personalise your space.
Get rid of all the empty chocolate and sweet wrappers (that’s right, I know.) and make the area light and airy. Have a think about all the things you like to be surrounded by – whether that’s house plants or plush toys. If you work in an office, you could take in a little plant to put on your desk and some framed pictures of your family. After all – tidy room, tidy mind.
READ A BOOK
Reading is easily forgotten in the realm of enjoyable yet relaxing activities. Pick up that book that you have been meaning to get to for the last 3 months, find a comfy chair and immerse yourself into the literary goodness. Reading a good book offers an escape from reality for a short while, freeing your mind of all of your stresses and worries – letting in any potential creative thoughts through.
SING IN THE SHOWER
This works particularly well if you are, like me, completely and utterly tone deaf. It takes the seriousness out of it and turns it in to something really fun and silly to do. Singing in the shower is fab because it take an already refreshing task and turns it into a blissfully liberating experience.
Just make sure no-one else is home!
CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON SOMETHING
It’s very easy for us to form an opinion on something and not be entirely open to changing it. A closed mind is not ideal for being creative – it’s just not going to work. So, take a situation that has been troubling you and explore the dynamics of it. Try and picture the scenario from a different point of view and try to be welcoming of any new opinions that form. Taking a new perspective on something can open your mind to a whole new world of ideas and whole new way to see things which can then be easily applied to anything, hopefully inspiring creativity.