9 Little Ways To Revive Your Creativity

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, work, stress, family, school, or {insert time-consuming yet necessary thing here} etc., everyone gets into ruts sometimes. While I think it’s necessary and fulfilling to work your creative muscle on a regular basis, it can be hard to find the time. Here’s some small, easy ways to get yourself back into an inspired state of mind:

1. Go outside. Listen. Look. Breathe. Simple fresh air and the sight of natural scenery really has a way of reviving someone. Take a walk in your neighborhood or the local trail. The organic lines, patterns, textures and the majesty of the world we live in is really awe-aspiring if you think about it. Sunsets get me every time.

2. Get a good workout in.  I know, I know, no one wants to do it but you will feel so much better! And when you feel good, you have the energy to execute your latest creative idea. This will also get blood flowing through your body and your brain will reap the benefits.

3. Doodle. In a notebook, on your iPad, on your hand, wherever whenever. Don’t feel pressure to draw something perfectly, just get some ideas and words down on paper in your own creative way.

4. Pamper yourself. Take a bubble bath, light your favorite candle, or take your time getting ready before you go out. You will feel like a better version of yourself and ready to make your mark in the world. Plus, slowing down will give you a chance to think and let your mind wander.

5. Keep a notebook by your bed. Jot down ideas you might have before you fall asleep. Also, write down any interesting dreams you had in the morning before you forget them.

6. DON’T be afraid of failure. Sometimes we are afraid to let an idea flourish because we are (consciously or subconsciously) afraid of failure. But really, our failures can teach us more about ourselves than a victory. And triumph over a failure will make you feel unstoppable. A man named Walt Disney was once fired from a newspaper for “lacking imagination.” I have a feeling he got over it and moved onto bigger and better things, don’t you? You GOT this.

7. Check out some art. Go to a local gallery, theater, museum, the opera, read some poetry, or even just looking at art on Pinterest or Tumblr can give you an idea of your own.

8. Change things up. This can be as small as taking a new route to work or making a new exotic dish for dinner. Try going to place you’ve never been before, go out of your way to meet new people, learn about a culture or language you know nothing about, volunteer for a non-profit, savor diversity.

9. Music! While you’re doing all of the above, put on your favorite tunes, or better yet, find some new music that is condusive to an artistic state of mind. Check out a new playlist on Spotify, or Pandora station. Personally, upbeat music gets me going to tackle my latest project and slower, ambient music can inspire me to step away from a busy schedule, stop and smell the roses, and relax.

I challenge you to do something creative right now. Don’t think about it, don’t make excuses, just do. You won’t be disappointed.



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