As creatives, we are constantly seeking inspiration to continue the work we do. Occasionally, we all run into that day where the ideas just aren’t flowing how you’d like them to. These 5 tips are simply tools that can help you when you need them or even support them in your current day-to-day.
1.) Take a trip.
Taking a trip could mean visiting a new place, such as coffee shop you’ve been meaning to check out or even visiting a new city. The trip is less about the distance and more about the experience. If you’re driving to a location, you may even want to take a new route to your destination. My personal favorite is to take a long walk around my neighborhood. Fresh air and new surroundings typically incite inspiration.
Meditation is a great way to clear the mind and allow new ideas to flow through seamlessly. Often as creatives, we are constantly pushing the limits of our mind and it’s very important to reset your thoughts in a proper manner. I’ve personally picked up the practice of mindfulness which has become the cornerstone of my day. You can find a very helpful app called HeadSpace HERE.
3.) Create a vision board.
Vision boards are a great way to organize current ideas and even spark new ones. You can create a vision board in your workspace by simply printing or drawing items/people/places that inspire you. If you’re like myself who prefers a digital vision board, Pinterest is a great place to create a digital vision board for on-the-go inspiration.
There are many studies that support exercise on a daily basis can improve overall creativity. Having this creative avenue often leads to inspiration. Exercise also creates a great platform for problem-solving. If you are going through a bit of a creative rut, exercise is a great place to start. If you need an extra push to get active, reach out to a friend! Group fitness is a great way to keep yourself motivated.
5.) Surround yourself with other creative people.
They often say, "You are the sum of who you spend your time with”. It’s important that you are directly involved with people who lift you, inspire you, and motivate you to do and be more. When you’re surrounded by creative people, you’re surrounded by passionate people, which ultimately will inspire you to create! This sense of community makes creative challenges much more manageable. You’ll have others who can show empathy and remind you that you are not alone.