You may have noticed the blog has been quiet for a little bit. As happens on occasion, my creativity, inspiration and motivation has seemed to have left for a little bit. I think it’s partly due to burn out and partly due to traveling on the weekends when I’m able to do most of my blogging.
When the creativity and words aren’t there it’s hard to just put something out there. I always want my words and posts to have a purpose behind them and not feel empty or cheap. So in the meantime I’ve just been patiently waiting for the inspiration to return. It always does, it’s just a matter of time of how long it takes.
But over the last week or so I’ve been trying to do things to help the inspiration to return. So today I thought I would share with you 5 things to do to get inspired that tend to help me when I’m going through periods of feeling un-creative.
Being outdoors might not always be possible at certain times of the year, but spending time outside always helps me to feel inspired. Whether it’s just going for a walk or sitting outside on a nice night, the outdoors is a beautiful place that offers a fresh perspective and a chance to clear your head. I’ve gone for a couple walks during this dry spell and spent one evening this week sitting outside watching a free outdoor movie in one of our local parks. I can instantly tell afterwards that my mood is lifted.
It’s proven science that exercising and being active improves brain function. Whether it’s going for a run, participating in a workout class, or just moving around the house getting things done, being active helps to clear your mind, reduce stress and helps you sleep better. With all these improvements, your mind is free to wander and think and create more than before. Push through the non-motivated feeling and get going!
For me, reading helps to get me inspired. I don’t often have a lot of time to read other blogs or books and am usually stuck reading my own words. By reading other things, I’m able to think outside of my own head and a lot of times ideas or inspiration are jump started from something I’ve read or something I’ve seen. Seeing someone else create or write something beautiful is motivating for me.
We all have routines or our daily rituals that we do every day during the week. A lot of times our days consist of getting up, going to work, and coming home and relaxing. And the next day we repeat. While there’s nothing wrong with that, sometimes it’s good to throw our routines to the wind every now and then. Go out to eat, go see a movie, or go see a play on a “school” night. Do something that you wouldn’t typically do especially during the work week. Who says you can only have fun on the weekends? Spicing up your weekly or daily routines is another great way to clear your mind and relieve stress.
Surround Yourself With People
I think whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, we all need people in our lives. The worst thing you can do for your creativity is isolate or seclude yourself. Reach out to someone to go to coffee, get a group of friends together to go out to eat or volunteer somewhere. Conversations with others and hearing new perspectives outside of our own bubbles helps to spark inspiration.
Whether you are a fellow blogger or not, we all have experienced burnout or seasons where we are lacking motivation. Hopefully these tips will help you if you are experiencing this right now.
They have already helped me and I can feel the creativity returning. Ready to crank out some fun and hopefully inspirational blog posts!
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