This blog post has taken quite a while to write. Why? Because sometimes I have days where I feel painfully uninspired. Where words would normally come smoothly, my mind feels like it is drawing a blank. I’ll have weeks like this occasionally, and luckily they never stay for long.
Here are my tips for channeling your inner inspired heart when you just aren’t feeling it:
- Do something you’ve never done
Maybe you’ve done everything you know to do, and the world still seemed drained of its normal vibrant color. Maybe that incredible feeling that you get when you know your on the right track has disappeared. Sometimes we just have to admit, those things are not working for us in this season. It could be time to try something new! Take an art class, even if you have the drawing ability of a second grader. Go watch a production at the local theater, it could be just what you need to get your creative juices flowing. If there is something you’ve thought, “I’ve always want to do that, but there is no way I could.” Go do it! You never know until you try. And after all it’s not about being the next picasso. It’s about getting unstuck.
2. Observe others’ creativity
If you’re feeling especially uncreative, try to tap into other’s creativity(without putting pressure on yourself to match it). Feed off of the inspiration surrounding you, and see if it can ignite something in your soul. For me this would look like scrolling through Pinterest, reading blogs, or watching movies with thought provoking themes.
3. Go through the motions
Fake it till you make it baby! Did you know that science has proven that forcing yourself to smile actually tricks your mind into becoming happier? It’s the same concept here. You may not feel imaginative, motivated, or inspired right now, but what would you do if you did feel those things? For me that would look like sitting down and writing, even if I feel that I’m running on empty. It looks like practicing yoga, even when I feel there is no way my mind can be settled. It means choosing to live your life to the fullest, even if your feelings are trying to tell you otherwise.
4. Give yourself grace
We all have those weeks! You are absolutely not alone. While we may be tempted get down on ourselves or think that we are failures, it is simply not the truth. We are all just human beings trying to do our best. Life comes in ebbs and flows and we should respect that some days are just better than others. With that being said, make sure your taking care of yourself in this time. Maybe your body is telling you to slow down and rest. Perhaps you should take a bath, read a book, or catch up with an old friend. Listen to your mind, body, and soul. It won’t steer you wrong.
Until next time,