As a blogger, sometimes it feels like you are supposed to feel inspired, creative, and happy all the time. That’s just not realistic. Some days, you stay on the couch in yoga pants and eat Christmas cookies for breakfast, and it’s really not all that instagram-worthy. It’s easy to let yourself slide into a downward spiral when it comes to inspiration, especially if you start comparing yourself to other bloggers or social media stars, or if you try to force yourself to write a blog post or create a new recipe when you just aren’t feeling it.
Today, I’d like to share a few ideas on how to revive your inspiration and creativity when you feel like it’s waning.
Read inspirational books.
There are some books that are so inspiring that it is difficult not to feel your creative juices flowing again. When you’re having moments of feeling stuck or uninspired, pick up a book from the “self-help” or “improve your life” section of the bookstore. Sometimes you just need a little pep talk, and a book is a great way to get that. A recent favorite that I read and was instantly filled with inspiration was Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.
It’s hard to feel empowered and creative when you feel like a slob. It’s time to get out of the sweatpants, put on a bra, and slip on something that makes you feel confident. Imagine how your best, most successful self would dress. Also, go the extra mile and spend time on things you normally let fall to the wayside. Maybe you give yourself a shiny new manicure, or you take the time to straighten your hair, or you put on your favorite colorful lipstick. Those little things can do wonders in making you feel more together, and in turn can help you feel more inspired to tackle your work or your daily tasks.
Take a break.
Sometimes it just isn’t happening.. that blog post, that new recipe, that photo shoot, whatever it is that you need your creativity for and it is failing you at the moment. The best thing to do in this case is just to take a break. Put it off for a little while until you are out of your funk and feeling inspired again. Do something indulgent that takes your mind off of your work for a while, like reading a novel, doing yoga, going for a walk outside, or calling a loved one. Just changing your scenery and getting your mind off of whatever you’re trying to do for a while will take the pressure off and let your inspiration come back naturally.
Take a shower.
This may sound a little weird, but I always have my best ideas in the shower, as do a few other people I know. Maybe it’s something meditative about the hot water and the aromatherapy from your bath products, but it provides such mental clarity and space for creative ideas. Even if you don’t have a brilliant idea while you’re in there, at least you have cleaned yourself up and can feel refreshed for tackling the rest of your day.
It can be so difficult to pull yourself out of a funk and find your inspiration again, but just keep the pressure off yourself and know that it will come back eventually. Give yourself time to take a break and take care of yourself so that you can find your inspiration and creativity again. If you have any of your own tips for finding your inspiration when it’s fallen away, please comment below and share!