Maybe it’s an extension of the post-holiday blues, or maybe it’s the fact that spring is so close, yet so far away. I can’t say for sure, but all I know is that this time of year is consistently the hardest for me to get through from a creative standpoint.
It’s generally right about now that my momentum from new year’s resolutions starts to waiver, and I begin to feel overwhelmed by the many channels (social media, emails, advertisements, etc.) that I’m drowning in on a daily basis. It never feels like there is enough time in a day to get done what I need to (be it my normal 9 to 5 or simple things like emptying the dishwasher), let alone have the time to come up with new and interesting content for Wellesley & King.
That being the case, I tend to fall back on these few sources of inspiration to help me climb my way out of these creative ruts. They’ve worked for me through the years, so possibly they’ll work for you, too. More than that, tell me, what is your secret for staying inspired and channeling that inner creativity? Maybe your tips can help me, too!
Detox your social media accounts
You know how Instagram does this thing where, when you like posts from a certain account, you’ll start seeing more of their posts? And, after so long, you feel like you’re seeing posts from a grand total of five different accounts that all look the same?
Every now and then, I take some time to do a social media detox: scrolling my way through accounts that no longer inspire me, or that I’ve simply grown out of–sometimes that means unfollowing 100 or more accounts! It’s nothing personal, but sometimes, the accounts that brought inspiration at one time have effectively served their purpose and are no longer necessary.
I don’t abide by the “I’ll follow you, if you follow me” rule. Instead, I selectively choose to follow accounts of those that I find unique, positive, and inspiring, and that helps a great deal when it comes to finding a creative spark.
Change your perspective
Be it a new part of the country, or simply a new part of town, giving yourself a change in perspective can get your creative juices flowing like nothing else. Sometimes, I find that all it takes is people-watching at a nearby cafe to find some inspiration; the important thing is to look beyond your usual surroundings and allow yourself to take in the world from a new point of view.
Consult your tribe
One of the best things I can do to feel re-energized and inspired, is to meet up with other creatives for an open conversation. Those who know me can vouch for the fact that I am just not a talk-on-the-phone kind of girl. I never have been, and don’t see that changing. I would much rather meet up for meaningful one-on-one conversations over wine or coffee, where we can bounce ideas off of one another, talk about the struggles we’re having, and brainstorm solutions.
Go back to print
I used to be such a bookworm, but over the last few years, it’s become rare to pick up anything in print. When I do though, I often reach for books that teach me something, be it a new skill, a life story, or just how to better understand others. Afterwards, I find myself inspired to get writing and, many times, reminded of all there is to be grateful for
Any more, it feels increasingly important to step away from the chaos and appreciate the beauty in the everyday life surrounding us. It is always when I take the time to slow down and actually breathe that I find myself able to thoughtfully consider new ideas and passionately create new content. And sometimes, we all need the friendly reminder to do just that.
Tell me, how do you deal with creative ruts? Maybe your tips will help me, too!
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