Lately I’ve been in a bit of a career funk, and it’s meant that, overall, I’ve been feeling less creative. Throughout my 13 year of blogging I’ve experienced countless bouts of writers block, and periods where I’ve lost my creative mojo. So thankfully it’s not something that sends me into a spiral of panic, any more.
Through a lot of trial and error I’ve learnt how to find inspiration when a creative slump rears its ugly head. And below I’m sharing some of my favourite long-term and short-term solutions…
1. Tap into an underused side of your creative brain by doing something artistic/crafty (even if you do it badly!). Try painting, sketching or knitting, for example.
2. Visit a museum or gallery.
3. Move. Whether that means taking a walk, attending a yoga class or spending an hour at the gym.
4. Read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
5. Head to your favourite coffee shop for an hour, and leave your phone at home. Instead, sit and people watch. Or write in a journal.
6. Learn a new skill. I took Spanish lessons for a few months, last year, and it felt really invigorating.
7. Carve out an afternoon to flick through magazines and coffee table books. Here are some of my favourites.
8. Talk to a friend you can trust, and spend some time brainstorming ideas together.
9. Read a book that you wouldn’t usually pick up. Sometimes experimenting with a different genre can open up new ways of thinking.
10. Listen to a motivational podcast. Here are 5 suggestions.
11. Take a step back. Sometimes you just need to accept that your brain needs to take a break. Once you stop trying to force a brainwave you’ll probably find that the ideas soon start flowing again.
How do you find inspiration when you’re stuck in a creative slump? Share any suggestions in the comments section below…