Dump the creative slump…..here are a few pick-me-ups
Writer’s block? Uninspired? Overwhelmed? Mental roadblock? Burned out? Creative slump?
We’ve all been there. Some refer to it as a creative slump. So what exactly is that? Well….basically it’s when nothing comes to mind. No ideas, no visual pictures, no thought, no emotion…..nothing. For whatever reason, you are drawing a complete and utter blank. Your synapses simply aren’t synapsing.
So, what do you do about it? You could stay in your jammies, don your pink puffy slippers and eat bonbons all day. (betcha that gave you a visual) You could fret and wonder why you feel so inept and wallow in the “how could I possibly think I was any good” feeling OR you could actually try and do something about it.
Creative slump, or any kind of slump, happen to all of us, no matter what field we work in….not just the arts. Sometimes our brains simply need to re-energize. So what can we do to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and get those neuron firing once again?
Here are SIX suggestions that just might get you firing on all eight cylinders:
- Stop worrying. The more you worry, the more you fret, the more you stress, the more uptight you becomes. Brains don’t like stress. In fact, they don’t function well under “creative” pressure. Go with the flow and recognize that sometimes your brain needs a rest….a little vacation way from the hustle and bustle of “ideas on demand”.
- Take yourself for a walk. It’s amazing what fresh air can do energize your body AND your brain. Breathe deep and look around. Not just look but see. Buy a beverage and sit on a bench and people watch. Write their back story in your mind. Say “hi” to everyone you meet. You will both smile. Physical exercise and all that lovely oxygen also gets the juices flowing and feeds the brain.
- Keep something to write on or record your thoughts on your phone. Ideas come to us at the strangest and sometimes most inconvenient times. In the shower or bath, at 3am when we’re desperate for sleep, your child’s dance recital, in the grocery store lineup or sitting on the bus. Try, somehow, to record them. You can refer back to these little nuggets and memory joggers later when you’ve hit the proverbial road block.
- Listen to some new Treat your brain and add something totally new and diverse to your music repertoire. Put on some headphones and absorb the music, or crank up the speakers and let it completely surround and envelop you. Music is a strong creative force and wakes up different parts of our brain. Bust a move. Sing with it. Those grey cells will soon start a tune of their own.
- Cook or bake something new from scratch. Open up the recipe book and find that one dish you’ve always wanted to make. When you go for that walk take a shopping bag with you and pick up a few things. When you get home, start cooking. By the time you’ve filled the house with wonderful aromas and pulled your creation out of the oven it’s time for the taste buds to take over. ….and while you’re putting everything together, listen to that new CD you just purchased and invite a friend over to enjoy the feast.
- Take time for you. Rest, relax. Maybe enjoy a spa day or a long soak in lavender bath with your favourite beverage. Sometimes we’re so busy getting things done or taking care of others we forget about ourselves. We become shadows in our own lives. Do for you…rest the body and the mind.
Everyone has their own personal tips and tricks to jump the barricade of a stuck brain. Always remain optimistic and know that “this too shall pass”.
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