Inspiration can be very tricky. Some days you can feel like you will never have enough time to write down all your incredible new ideas and some others… well, let’s say you have no clue where to start.
I do believe this happen to all of us and that creativity takes work, if nothing else. However, I decided to set up a list to remind my future uninspired self of 10 things I should try before falling into the pit of ‘I will never be able to do anything right ever again/this is it for my creative career’.
1. Give yourself permission to rest
It sounds super easy but this is a tricky one because you will probably feel a lot of guilt and repeat yourself that you shouldn’t quit that easily. But listen, allowing yourself to rest is not quitting. It’s sometimes simply necessary and might even save you some time on the long run. Yes, you might lose half a day of work or maybe more, but instead of feeling like a failure while staring at your computer screen and still getting nothing done, you will actually give your brain what it needs and in return, it will come back to work way more efficiently the next day.
2. Go for a walk
Put your phone on flight mode, turn off your computer and walk out that door. Some fresh air will help you relax a bit and you might even realize this is not the end of the world. Walking does help get the ideas flowing (I’m sure there is a study which proves it somewhere).
3. Set a rule you have to follow to create your next artwork
It can be a precise color palette (randomly chosen, it doesn’t have to be the one you usually use). You can find an art challenge to join (Instagram is full of people joining #drawthisinyourstyle, so pick one and stick with it). Or else, you can decide to try another medium for this time. You always work digital? Force yourself to finish a drawing with pencils and see where it takes you! It doesn’t have to be good, it just has to be done.
4. Have a coffee date with yourself
Just go, grab a book if you feel like it, order your favorite coffee and a piece of cake and enjoy your own company for a bit. The smell of coffee already makes you feel better, I’m sure of it.
5. Go work out and take a hot shower
Force yourself, you will feel great and more energized after this. Also, there is no excuse if your gym is closed that day of if it’s pouring rain outside: turn on Youtube and look for a 30 minutes work out video (could be anything from cardio to yoga or even just stretching), there are tons of them available for free, and you can start without even leaving your apartment.
6. Move to another working environment
Take all your stuff and go work somewhere else. You have too much to carry and you don’t know where to go? Move to the other room of your apartment. Try to work for an hour at the dining table, it’s not that uncomfortable for a short period of time and maybe the light is better there in the afternoon?
You might not know where to start, but meditation can help a lot on a daily basis. When you feel a big lack of inspiration, it can easily lead to stress and anxiety and a strong feeling of failure. Feelings are coming and going, they’re never permanent and you can learn how to live with it. Look out for a meditation app with a free trial or a couple of free basic options. Even taking 10 minutes in your day can make a difference.
8. Write it down
Try to write down exactly what’s going on. You feel stuck? You don’t know where to start? What would you like to achieve? Set up goals, even small ones. Write a short list of things you have accomplished today and what you can do before the day is over. Remember you need to be one step further than you were yesterday, even if it’s a small tiny baby step, it’s still a step.
9. Take a nap
I’m a big fan of naps. I’m convinced it helps to naturally sort out all the information you’re too overwhelmed to process at the moment. Make sure you set up an alarm (or two) so you don’t end up sleeping until dark.
10. Drink water
We don’t stress this enough. Stay hydrated friends.