Sometimes I find myself caught in a creative rut. Either I’m depleted of ideas for blog content to create, or I’m so overwhelmed with post ideas that I become stuck on how I want express them, which is even worse. Coming up with fresh, creative content all of the time can be draining, so when I find myself lacking motivation to create, I know it’s time to take a break + recharge.
Just like your body needs nourishment, so does your creativity, so here are a few simple ways to get your creative juices flowing again:
Unplug + get outside
If you’re in an area were walking around is safe, grab your earbuds, some comfy shoes, and go for leisurely walk. Take in all of the nature that’s around you, or walk through your city to look at architecture and people watch. You never know what you might see.
Take in some culture
When I can’t shake off my uninspired thoughts, I check to see if there are any new exhibits at my favorite museums. I’m an art novice for sure, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like going to museums + galleries and learning about artists (new and old). My go-tos in Memphis are The Brooks + Dixon Gallery and Gardens.
Sometimes you really just need to sweat it out. Head to the gym or go for a walk/run to clear your head. Unless I’m watching a workout DVD or taking some sort of class, I like to listen to music while I exercise. I zone out to the music, pretending like I’m in a video (in my head of course!) and I always feel refreshed when I’m done.
Read a book or magazine
The digital realm has taken over, so we spend countless hours searching for inspiration online. If you’re burned out on Pinterest, do it the old fashion way and pick up one of your favorite magazines; if you need to use your imagine a bit, pick up a good fiction book that will force you to be mentally creative as you read.
Revisit your old posts
When all else fails and you can’t remember why you started your blog, go through your archives for a refresher. Our perspective is usually different when we first launch (we’re a little less calculated), so reading old posts can get you back in tune with your voice.
How do you recharge your creativity?