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.