• Jonny Parker

10 Ways to be Creative When Feeling Uninspired

It’s easy to get up and work when you are in the mood, or when ideas are free-flowing. But what about those days when you feel stuck, lazy, and uninspired?

Ideas are at a standstill, the hands of a writer are stuck in the mud, it’s normal. You are not the only person who goes through this “Hell” it seems at times.

That’s why it’s not about how creative one can be during your best days. But how creative can you be even on your off days?

If you have found yourself becoming uninspired and lacking the creativity to work on your craft, check out these 10 easy tips that will get your creative juices flowing no matter the funk you may be in.

“Creativity takes courage.”

1. Take a walk

For those who are in love with stats and facts, Stanford studies say that walking improves creativity. On average, your creative thinking may increase by 60% when there is walking involved.

I have found many creative moments by getting some fresh air, walking, and just looking out to nature and letting my mind go.

2. Journaling

A favorite to writers. It allows them to fall back on recent ideas and improve their writing abilities.

Journaling is a way to motivate, increase self-confidence, and give you inspiration for personal and professional projects. Though it takes time, and writer’s block may knock at the door from time to time, journaling can benefit your mental health and bring inspiration when needed the most.

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” — Anne Frank

3. Environment change

While good routines breed personal productivity and improvement, sometimes, your creative spirit can lose its fire.

You may need a change to spark new thoughts and ideas. Instead of working from home or in the office, if able, try a coffee shop or a place that is different from your usual, don’t be afraid to change your environment.

4. Reading

Reading has the ability to broaden our imagination. New possibilities and new ideas are blossomed through reading about experiences and wisdom through other people’s lives and stories.

While we can just stay in our own bubble and see the world from your point of view. Analyzing the world through others can bring new revelations and creative ways to go about your craft and life.

“The more that you reward, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” — Dr. Seuss

5. Listen to a podcast

Some people prefer podcast over reading, there’s nothing wrong with that. There is a podcast for almost anything in the world currently.

Podcasts are excellent for car rides, the gym, and even before going to bed. They are a great alternative to listening to music.

I listen to all my favorite podcasts on Spotify.

6. Take a shower

I must say, my creativity sparks most in the shower. It’s a perfect environment, your mind is relaxed and creativity is free to work when you are in a relaxed state of mind.

If you are afraid of forgetting your ideas, there are note pads and erasable pens that can remove that fear.

6. Collaborate with others

We can’t always solve a problem ourselves and that’s okay.

Our solutions and creative sparks sometimes lies in the mind of another. We just have to be diligent and brave enough to seek it out.

How many times have you had an answer or an idea on the tip of your tongue, but couldn’t find the words to get it out? Sometimes all it takes is collaborating with the right mind to boost your creativity.

7. What does history tell you?

Looking back at the processes of others and their accomplishments can help spark creativity. Honestly, you are more than likely not the first person that has come up with whatever idea you have. You just have to be better than the past.

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

8. Seek out a mentor

One of the best decisions you can make is seeking out a mentor. Mentors are a lending hand and ear, and usually full of wisdom and knowledge that you may be lacking.

They may have that one word, perspective, or challenge that can change the trajectory of your life.

Having a mentor in my life has brought upon tremendous change. You can always benefit from having experience and wisdom in your inner circle.

9. Take a trip

Maybe the little environmental change from the office to the coffee shop isn’t enough. You may need a cultural shock. Take a trip with friends or loved ones to a place you never been to before.

New experiences and sights that are not related to creativity can bring upon new perspectives and new ideas which will lead to the creativity you are looking for.

10. Do absolutely nothing

Sometimes, doing nothing is the best solution. Creative minds deserve a break. Take a nap, step away, there is nothing wrong with coming back later.

Don’t confuse taking a healthy break with procrastination.

Time away could be what you need to come back restored, inspired, and full of creativity.

“Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing.” — Austin Kleon

Being creative isn’t an easy job, it’s even harder when you’re feeling uninspired. But I have found these 10 tips to be very useful in gaining your creativity back when lost.

And they may not work for you which is fine. Try different ways to find inspiration and see what works best for you. Keep your mind open, and spirits high when you are uninspired. Your creativity will be back in no time.

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