Thursday, April 7, 2016

How to find inspiration when you're feeling drained?


We've all been there. Too many times.
Staring at a blank page for hours knowing you have to start writing, but somehow you just can't. Or remember those days when you wake up in the morning and already know that nothing creative or smart's gonna happen in the next 24 hours?
First of all - ok, it's really not the end of the world so calm down, you'll be just fine. Most of us spend an awful amount of time online on a daily basis - building a blog, trying to find ways to make it better, promoting posts and ideas on various social media, reading and commenting on other blogs, reading a bunch of different articles etc. - which pretty much means that our workday starts the moment we wake up (what's up on Instagram before I can even open my eyes properly) and ends when we go to sleep at night. Plus, blogging isn't the only thing we do in a day. Exhausting, right? So it's pretty normal that sometimes our creativity decides to take a break from all of that. The question is, how do we bring it back?

1. GO OUT. SERIOUSLY, JUST LEAVE THE HOUSE FOR AN HOUR OR TWO.
This is by far my favourite tip for boosting the inspiration. The worst thing you can do for yourself is to spend an entire day in the same pose in front of the computer. Get up, take a walk around the neighbourhood, go to your favourite place in town, relax by the beach, go and buy yourself some ice-cream or take your doggy out for a long walk (everything is better with a dog). And no matter what you do, please leave those headphones at home - the whole point of this is to let the world in and not to block it. 

2. STOP FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF.
For some reason, we - the people, love doing this. And I'll never understand why. No, you're not stupid. Nor ugly. Nor unsuccessful. Stop comparing yourself to others because that makes no sense at all. Just because most people choose to show only the most cheerful bits and pieces of their lives doesn't mean that they don't have shitty days. Everyone has them and everyone sometimes wants to stay in bed through the entire day. Learn to love yourself, make yourself proud on a daily basis (remember, simple things matter the most) and crappy days will come and go like they always do and you won't pay any attention at them.

3. TALK TO A FRIEND.
And by this I mean - listen to what others have to say not only because it makes you a better friend but also because sometimes one simple sentence from someone can trigger the start of the new project for you. 

4. TAKE A BUBBLE BATH.
I don't know what it is about this one but it works wonders every single time.

5. WATCH YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE.
Or the one from your own list of inspiring stories. Because there is a reason to why you find it so interesting and it might help you overcome the creative blockage.

6. EAT SOMETHING YOU REALLY ENJOY.
Like spaghetti. Or a cheeseburger. Or lasagne. Don't go after the comfort food, choose your favourite thing in the whole world and enjoy it like tomorrow doesn't exist. 

7. TRY SOMETHING NEW.
Maybe it's the new ice-cream flavour. Maybe it's a DIY project. Maybe you'll end up hating it in the end but sure as hell it'll give you some new experience and who knows, maybe a new story to tell. No matter what you do in life, always try to spice up things a bit to keep the creative juices flowing. You'll be so much happier.

8. WRITE A DIARY.
I have been doing this for more than ten years and all I can say is - when something's off, I turn to that trusty old notebook and in a matter of minutes things manage to fall back into a perspective. For me keeping a diary is the best and purest form of self-expression. Second one is photography.

9. READ A BOOK.
It's great for expanding your vocabulary and writing skills but also it's a perfect tool for waking up your imagination.

10. DROP EVERYTHING.
So you have to do five different things in a day but can't seem to start with neither one of them? No matter how hard you try? No matter how many walks with your dog you've taken so far? Ok, sometimes it just won't happen. Your head needs a break. A restart. So let it have it. Shut down the computer, ignore the social media and do whatever feels right in the moment. You feel like sleeping at 4 PM? Go to bed. Feel like rewatching your favourite tv show, all six seasons in a row 'till you can't stare at a TV anymore? Press play and become one with the couch for the rest of the day (and night). Sometimes you just need to drop everything and focus on nothing in order to recharge.

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  1. Istina, danas nam je mozak često toliko opterećen/previše okupiran da se baš moramo maknuti iz kuće ( i od wifi veze) da bi malo došli sebi. Absolutno se slažem sa svime što si napisala, a i ja se koristim istim tehnikama da bi opet imala force (kako ja kažem) i dobila volju za život kada mi se izgubi. Meni je uvijek puno ideja i inspiracije po glavi, ali problem kada sam umorna i bezvoljna je što ne mogu jasno vidjeti u toj zbirci i cijela se pogubim. Stvarno se nekad trebamo samo opustiti i odmoriti. Od svega što si navela nekako mi je broj jedan šetnja jer me to uvijek opusti čak i kratka šetnja od pola sata. To mi je kao neka dnevna potreba. Zatim gledanje najdražih filmova i čitanje knjiga. Uvijek mi je draže pogledati neki film koji mi se već svidio nego se prisiljavati gledati nešto što je trenutno u kinu, u modi ili što već. Isto tako, stvarno volim ponovo pročitati neku knjigu. Time sam uvijek sebi opravdavala maniju kuoovanja knjiga...i u neku ruku je stvarno mogu opravdati jer gotovo sve knjige koje sam kupila sam pročitala više puta, a ako nisam onda sam ih barem prolistala. Dobro u zadnje vrijeme se ipak više oslanjam na knjižnice, a otići u knjižnicu je isto neki poseban gušt. U splitskoj gradskoj knjižnici sam doslovno kao doma.

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    1. Slažem se, šetnja je apsolutna najbolja za sve i upravo zbog toga se najviše veselim toplim danima, da mogu što duže biti vani i naprosto lutati, upijati sve oko sebe i uživati :) I ja obožavam kupovati knjige, uglavnom su u pitanju razne monografije, stručne knjige ili najdraži romani kojima se često volim vraćati. Nadam se da ću jednog dana uspjeti složiti vlastitu biblioteku najdražih naslova i autora, to mi je želja još od djetinjstva :)

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    2. i ja sanjam osobnu knjižnicu od malena:)

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  2. Pa da, svi imamo takve dane, a deleći uglavnom pozitivan i inspirativan sadržaj, šaljemo poruku da je život lak i savršen, a to nije uvek tako. Svi mi imamo svoj život i probleme za koje većina nikada ni ne sazna, gomilu obaveza, pa ako dodamo tome još i ove naše blogove i za kojih stoji toliko truda i rada i pregršt inspiracije koju kupimo negde usput, prođe ceo dan, a postignemo možda samo delić onoga što smo hteli. Stvarno ali stvarno ne treba biti previše strog prema sebi i prihvatiti činjenicu da kad ne ide, ne ide. Sutra je novi dan, a ako danas provedemo pola dana u krevetu ili jedući sladoled, pa šta :) Svima treba pauza i odušak, a pre svega odmor od svega virtuelnog. Kada dođu ti naizgled glupavi dani, pretvorim ih u nešto zanimljivo, bilo da je to šetnja, razgovor, knjiga, serija, ma šta god. I onda bude sve u redu ;) Divno si sve sročila, a svaka reč odiše inspiracijom koja ti svakako nije nedostajala uprkos tematici o njenom nedostatku ;)
    Uživaj u vikendu! :)

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    1. E pa baš to...ponekad kad vidiš da ne ide, naprosto je najbolje malo dignuti ruke od svega, predahnuti, ljenčariti i sutra će se sve vratiti na staro :D
      Hvala ti! :)

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  3. Ja sam u fazi kada imam mnogo ideja i planova ali apsolutno mi se od toga ništa ne da raditi. Obaveze stišću, ali čim ugledam sunce nađem milion razloga samo da izađem vani. :D Od jučer ljenčarim, i radim upravo sve ovo što si pisala, a dan bez neta mi je postao najdraži dan u sedmici. Upravo dok ležim i jedem Nutellu kašikom, naiđem na tvoj post koji me ohrabri da nastavim ovu nedjelju baš ovako bez grižnje savjesti. :D Nadam se da neću čupati kosu i vrištati iduće sedmice. :))

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  4. Odlican post :) Definitivno ne trea ici protiv sebe i slazem se sa napisanim da je odmak nesto najbolje sto mozemo napraviti za sebe i svoju inspiraciju... ja volim prosetati ili krenuti raditi neke vjezbe... to me opusti i prestanem biti bljuf vrlo brzo. Inspiracija je svuda oko nas i ne treba biti rijec o necemu velikom... i nesto ili netko sasvim sitno moze pokrenuti onu pozitivnu lavinu u namaa

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