How to Get Inspired When It’s Just Not Happening
It’s January the 58th. Another grey day.
If you’re anything at all like me, it’s hard to get mojo’d on a day like this. What I really want to do is eat carbs and watch Netflix all day (which I may be more inclined to actually do if not for the fact that I’ve finished all available episodes of Nashville).
Unfortunately/fortunately for me, I’m bound and determined to write every day of this year. It’s daunting to think of putting something out there when the ideas aren’t flowing, which leads me to believe that maybe some of you out there are suffering from a case of the January’s as well.
Here are a few of my favourite tips to shake it off and get my mojo happening:
These ideas don’t have to apply to creativity alone – you might just need a bit of a pick-me-up to get through the work day or solve a niggling problem
* Get moving
This is my number-one go-to when I need to bust out of any kind of funk. Breaking a sweat is fantastic. Practice yoga, go for a walk outside, pop in a workout DVD.
* Read a few pages of an inspirational book
“Inspiration: Your Ultimate Calling” by Dr Wayne Dyer is an excellent book on the subject of inspiration, but really any book that gets your heart racing is an excellent place to start.
* Listen to music
I really like Slacker Radio in terms of free, streaming radio. You can find them at slacker.com and they have a wonderful Chill section. Their Spa station is filled with great music to meditate to.
While you’re at it, why not…
Perhaps your first thought at the suggestion of meditation is, “Fuck off”. I don’t blame you. It’s hard enough to sit still and be quiet when things are going well, let alone when you’re feeling stuck. I’ve recommended guided meditation a few times on this site. I like to head over to Meditation Oasis (you can access their free podcasts through the App store or on their website). They even have one geared toward creativity. Even if the ideas don’t come flowing out of it, it’s so good for us to sit and be quiet.
Play games with your kids or play catch with your dogs. Laugh. Feel the joy of unstructured play. It’s really easy to forget to do this when we’re busy being Serious Adults with Serious Things to do.
* Do other creative things
If you’re trying to paint a masterpiece, staring at a blank canvas can be pretty defeating. Sometimes working with a different medium, with no goal in mind, can be inspiring. Bake cookies (because, as my best friend says, cookies).
I’ve talked before about the benefits of collaboration – it’s really good to get out and have a coffee with pals. Even if we’re not discussing the problem at large, it’s inspirational just to hear what’s going on with other people’s lives.
* Check in with the Masters
There are so many master teachers on this subject. Google “Inspirational Quotes” and read what the bosses are saying on the subject.
* Make out
Oxytocin + endorphin = happy times. #science
* Plan a cool vaycay
Even if you can’t put together a trip to Bali this winter (dream trip alert!) maybe you can get away to the hot springs for an overnighter with your BFF or hop a quick flight with your hubs. Plan your big trip by saving a few bucks every pay cheque, make a Pinterest board with pics that you can salivate over and get orange with a sexy spray tan. Anything to feel that heart-racing vacation feeling.
* Take a break
Rather than trying to force it, take a hot bath, have a nap, and come back fresh.
I hope these tips are helpful to you. I’d love to hear what you get up to when you’re stuck.
(and what I should watch now that I’m done with Nashville)…