How to Find Your Creative Inspiration Again

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Say Goodbye to Your Creative Block!

Wouldn’t it be amazing if creative inspiration hit you every time you needed it to so you’d never run out ideas or energy to be productive?

No matter how creative a person you are creative blocks do happen, and being inspired can sometimes be a challenge. It’s just how it goes, like a roller coaster. Where there are ups there also has to be downs, which is okay as long as the downs don’t last too long.

But what if it feels like nothing is sparking your imagination and you seem to be staring at a blank page more than you are creating?

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If you’re having trouble getting out of the uninspired rut there’s probably a good chance that you may need to reset something, just like our laptops. Often times, when we get stuck somewhere in our life it has to do with our mindset.

Our mindset can truly affect our ability to think and focus, and it’s one of the reasons I believe in self care.

Taking the time to practice self care can keep us well rounded mentally, physically, and spiritually so we can live up to our fullest potential.

When we don’t take care of ourselves, or something stressful occurs in our lives, things can fall apart quickly and it can certainly affect our creativity.

Let’s think about that for a minute…

When you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, disorganized, or exhausted your mind is usually worrying or racing with thoughts. It’s going to be difficult to think about anything else or truly appreciate the things that matter.

Your brain kind of shuts down and goes though what I call ‘brain indigestion’.

Just like stomach indigestion which is usually caused by eating too much or too fast, your brain can be overflowing with thoughts.

It could also just be one or two very stressful situations that you can’t stop thinking about or a slew of things you can’t seem to process.

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In either case, it can get so overwhelming that your brain can’t properly digest anything which can stifle your decision making abilities and creativity.

To get rid of our brain indigestion and regain our ability to find creative inspiration it makes sense to clear our minds and first find a sense of peace.

Start with a Mind Reset

I’d love for you to do a brain dump of all the distractions that are holding you back. This way, you’ll be starting with a clear mind and open heart which will help you see things from a refreshing perspective.

A brain dump is a self care practice that starts with your surroundings. This self care practice alone can make a huge difference! This means we’re going to begin with some housekeeping to get rid of our visual clutter.

After all, our surroundings are typically a reflection of our minds, so if you’re tripping over clutter then your brain could be tripping with you.

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Declutter Your Surroundings

I’ve broken down the cleaning to do list into doable steps so you won’t have to think about where to start and what to do next. Start at the top and work your way down.

  • Throw out anything that has no purpose.
  • Take out the trash
  • Get rid of dust bunnies and wipe down surfaces.
  • Put things in designated spots.
  • Vacuum and mop the floors.
  • Do the dishes.
  • Clean your bathroom.
  • Get your laundry done.
  • Pay the bills and file everything right away.
  • Put out a few things you love, like a plant (and water it)
  • Take care of your pet, so bath your dog and/or clean the cat box, and fill their food and water bowls.
  • Set out some flowers to brighten the room.
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You could potentially focus on just your work area btw, but if you clean the rest of your house then it’s one less thing to deal with or think about, and if the rest of your home is clean then you’ll be less likely to re-clutter your work space.

Decluttering might take you a couple of days, and if it does, don’t stress.

Just put on some headphones while you clean to get your mind off of what you’re doing and really enjoy the music. Maybe throw in a few stretch or leg squats just for fun.

You want to keep a positive mind as you are getting your place organized.

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Next, Step Back from Everything & Take a Break

Here are a few self care ideas to calm your mind…

  • Meditate for 10 minutes or more
  • Go for a walk
  • Do some yoga
  • Get a pedicure
  • Read a book
  • Get a massage
  • Go on a weekend getaway for some quiet personal time.

Pick at least 2 or more self care ideas and be sure to implement them regularly as repetition is needed for you to get any benefit from them. How long is different for everyone so be patient and give it a bit of time.

Remember that breaks are a necessary part of self care. We can’t put ourselves into drive mode forever. We need maintenance just like anything so we don’t crash and burn.

Here are a few more self care ideas that I recommend for your daily routine:

  • Get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep nightly
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat healthy meals
  • Get some socializing time with friends, family, and/or neighbors

If want to learn more about the benefits of self care, start here:

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You can also head over to my 7 Easy Self Care Ideas post and download a free self care tracker.

Now that you’ve done some housecleaning and brain dumping, consider adding a self care routine into your daily schedule to maintain your clean home and clear head.

By maintaining yourself as a priority it’ll be easier to find creative inspiration while implementing the following ideas.

Getting Your Creative Inspiration Back

I’ll share with you 7 ways to spark your creative inspiration back to life. I don’t think these ideas will blow your mind because the thing is, we all inherently know how to find inspiration, but it’s easy to forget what is right in front of you sometimes.

A refresher is sometimes just what we need…

1. Keep a sketch book or journal on you

Try to always have something you can doodle or write in because you’ll never really know when something is going to pop into your head or catch your eye.

It’s easy to think you’ll remember something but sometimes inspiration can be fleeting if you get distracted, and just like dreams you can forget about it instantly!

If you should forget your sketchbook a phone camera can capture the moment for later.

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2. Take a Walk

Take some time to walk around your own neighborhood and observe your surroundings for inspiration. I do this every day with my dog (it’s also her self care routine 😉) and husband. It’s a really wonderful way to get in some quality time.

During your walk, take note of your surrounding to appreciate anything that adds a bit of joy to that moment.

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3. Find Inspiration in Your Own Backyard

What might be in your own backyard that could inspire you? Perhaps you have lovely plants, insects, or animals just outside of your window that grab your attention.

You just need to have a clear head to be open to ideas and inspiration which is why self care is important for creative nurturing. With less brain clutter there’s more room for new and refreshing ideas.

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4. Visit the Zoo, Wildlife Sanctuary, or Botanical Garden

Visiting the zoo, wildlife sanctuary or botanical garden is another way to get some creative juices flowing. Bring your camera or sketchbook so you can capture the moments that inspire you.

There are some things in life that you usually wouldn’t get to experience unless you take yourself there, and experiencing it via books and laptops is not the same.

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5. Attend Craft Shows & Art Fairs

You’ll get to see what other artisans and crafters are creating and it could inspire you with ideas and motivation. Obviously, you don’t want to copy someone else but it is can get you excited about doing your own thing.

Also taking a couple of minutes to talk to these creators about their process can spark your inspiration.

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6. Doodle

Believe it or not but doodling can spark moments of creative inspiration! Doodling should be a free flow process without much thinking so quick gestural sketches are a great way to loosen up your creative flow.

You can use your imagination or pick something to doodle and give yourself 20 to 30 seconds max to get it down on paper. Don’t think. Just let your pen move around on your paper and do what it’s going to do.

It’s a fun exercise that helps you unblock any creative inhibitions and gets you releasing your creative energy from your heart, not your mind. Try this on a daily basis, perhaps just before bed when your brain is ready to relax.

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Try it with your eyes closed or with the lights off. You can imagine what it is you want to doodle if you’d like. It’ll be fun to see how close or how off your doodle is from how you imagined it when the lights come back on.

7. Creative Inspiration from Online Resources

There’s nothing wrong with finding creative inspiration from online sources. I mean, that’s what Pinterest is there for!

You can search for anything to get you inspired and you can also save mood boards you like.

A mood board is a digital collage of images and colors that bring together a theme or color scheme to inspire your creative projects.

These colors and images collectively can make it easier for you to pull things together for your next story or idea.

Want to see some examples of mood boards?

Take a peek at my Pinterest board with my favorite mood boards.

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8. Books and Magazines

I think most people now utilize online references more than they do books and magazines so maybe I’m a bit old school here, but I love finding inspiration this way.

I used to have close to 1,000 books and magazines at one point but I’ve been on a mission for some time to be more minimalist (a work in progress) and am down to maybe 100.

It was incredibly difficult to let go of my books, but it was a part of my decluttering process and to have my space back felt refreshing!

Of the books I’ve held onto, many are art and photography books filled with beautiful photos and drawings, and they’re great sources of inspiration.

Even if you mainly use the internet for ideas, keeping a few good books around is a good idea, especially in case the internet ever goes down and you need inspiration at that moment.

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9. Draw inspiration from Being Still, Listening, and Observing

Sometimes, you just need to be still and take in what is going on around you to find inspiration.

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Wherever you are there might be a sounds, words, scent, or feeling that evokes an idea.

If you’re traveling or in a new place take time to take in new experiences. Just be still, listen, and observe…

These are just some of the ways I find inspiration and I hope the ideas help you find yours.

To recap… start with decluttering your surroundings, take a break to do a brain dump (and take as long as you need… don’t rush it), then go out there and open your mind and spirit to new experiences and get inspired!

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Please read the disclaimer as I am not a therapist or licensed health care professional.

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