Now that we are well over two months into the new year, many people may feel as if they are in the midst of a “creative rut”. This rut is restraining and tends to limit the work that you produce. It is especially easy to feel this way around this time of year when people start to feel burnt out or run down from work. These tips and tricks should help you get over your creative roadblock and get your imaginative juices flowing again!
Take a nature walk:
It is so, so easy to underestimate the power of nature. Taking a walk outdoors on a bright, sunny day or even at sunset can really provoke the crucial imaginative wires in your brain. It is so easy to get caught up in the whole “drive to work, sit for eight hours, drive home, watch a show, go to sleep” routine. This not only drains us mentally and physically, but also takes a toll on our imagination. By taking time to go outside and be mindful of your surroundings, you allow your brain to be introduced to new sights, sounds, feelings, etc. The power of nature is beautiful and should be taken advantage of!
Read a book:
Yes, you read that right! I know it may seem absolutely crazy to suggest that, who has time for reading in this day and age? Believe it or not, we have more time for reading than we think. The importance of reading is very overlooked. Unlike other entertainment sources such as television, movies, news and social media, reading requires us to use our imagination. Reading allows us to travel through time to different era and settings while also introducing us to new characters. The next time that you go to turn on the television at night to watch your favorite TV show, pick up an old book instead. If you do not have any reading material that you are particularly interested in at the moment, go to your local library! You can even check out used bookstores and thrift shops around you to find bargain deals on books.
Go do something by yourself:
Being around people is great. The joy you receive from meeting an old friend for lunch or coffee is irreplaceable. However, it is easy to underestimate the value of spending time alone with yourself. Taking time away from yourself to meet with others can be rewarding! But, at the end of the day, it can leave us feeling emotionally exhausted and unfulfilled. Instead of texting a friend to grab lunch the next time you are free, take the time to yourself! Go grab lunch or coffee by yourself, go shopping, get a manicure, or indulge in some self-care you may have been neglecting yourself of! Taking this time alone can bring us the inner peace we may need to start that next creative project.
Go to a Museum:
Studying old pieces of art or history may seem counter-intuitive when trying to think creatively for a new and modern business project, art piece, blog post, video concept, etc. However, studying the styles, details, and concepts of other creatives is highly beneficial. If “old” isn’t your thing, go to a contemporary or modern art museum! You could also check out upcoming film festivals or art shows in your area to check out and support your local community. By taking time to admire others work, we can become inspired ourselves
By: BRIDGET MCCARTHY