Maybe we were ploughing through an extraordinarily busy time with our heads down and our thoughts only on the end game. Perhaps we were going through the motions without passion. Or maybe we sat impatiently waiting for inspiration to strike, only to be disappointed.
Whether you’re a stay-at-home-parent, banker, composer, interior designer, event planner, journalist, artist, photographer, firefighter, scientist, or doctor, we—as human beings—all need a bit of inspiration to brighten up our days.
I am a practical person, admittedly very type A, but I am also a dreamer. There is nothing more exciting to me than the birth of a new and fabulous idea, one that I must scramble to write down fast enough.
But what happens when those ideas stubbornly refuse to reveal themselves in all their glittering glory?
2. Work up a sweat. Getting your blood pumping is a guaranteed path to a better mood, thanks to the feel-good hormones, endorphins. I recommend doing the kind of exercise you enjoy, not something you dread. For me, it’s either Zumba or hip hop dance class, or cycling away on the elliptical machine while reading my latest book pick (right now it’s True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel. So tough to put down!).
3. Snag some fresh air. It’s biology, people. Humans were not designed to spend their waking hours in a microscopic cubicle drinking stale coffee. Alas! Get outside. Go for a walk. Observe ‘the nature’.
5. Do things you enjoy with people you love. What makes you happy? Is it swimming? Playing video games? Wine tasting? Reading to your kids? Curling your hair? Getting a massage? Doesn’t matter what it is—do it! And invite your loved ones to join you and share in your joy.
6. Banish negative thinking. Glass half empty. Glass half full. No glass at all? Take control of your mental drinkware and aim to think positively. Don’t beat yourself up for not having a mountain of great ideas up your sleeve. Instead, remind yourself that you are intelligent and capable, and that inspiration will come to you at the right time.
8. Ask how you can help a friend. Helping other people and turning away from our own selfish needs is another way to tap into your happy hormones. It could be as simple as striking up a conversation and offering advice, or volunteering to take some weight off someone else’s shoulders.
9. Seek beauty. Beauty truly is all around us, and it can deeply impact us, if we’d only notice it. Stroll through a garden or conservatory. Visit an art or history museum. Catch a photography exhibit. Marvel at a ballet performance. Stop to listen to a street performer play guitar. And, sure, walk along a beach at sunset with the love of your life. Why not?
How do you overcome a creative block? What inspires you? Share in the comments!
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