When You’re Feeling Stuck
Everybody knows that life is full of ups and downs, but sometimes it can remain stagnant — Neither bad nor exciting. Lately, I’ve found myself in a rut. A creative funk where I feel uninspired and unmotivated. Somehow every day begins to feel the same…where I fall into the routine of #adulting, usually consisting of working to pay bills and blah blah blah. When I feel this way, I begin to feel tired all the time, lazy, sluggish, and quite frankly, sad. My desire to create content that I’m proud of is diminished and I feel stuck in a bubble of apathy.
To be honest, I’m not really sure why I feel this way sometimes and how long it lasts. I just know that I need to do something about it when it happens. So I’ve decided to try a few things to help me get out of my funk.
SWITCH IT UP
I’ve noticed that, over time, I have fallen into a cyclical routine. Doing the same thing every day — waking up at the same time, eating the same things, going to work — keeps things a little boring. I thought to myself that it might help to change things up a bit.
For example, when I write my blog posts, I usually sit down in my room or at my favorite coffee shop. I decided to make more of an effort to try out different coffee shops or do things that are out of the ordinary like watch the sunset on the roof of a downtown building. Breaking the routine can help make life feel fresh and exciting. Especially since I’m in a creative rut, I have found this technique very useful for inspiration.
WORK IT OUT
Working out is my fix for everything. Challenging myself physically helps me not focus on whatever is blocking me mentally. Instead, I focus on how my body feels in the moment and getting through my workout. The great thing about getting your body moving is that you also get your body’s endorphins going, otherwise known as ‘feel-good’ chemicals. Taking advantage of the post-workout euphoria helps me feel accomplished and ready to take on whatever tasks or creative projects I have planned for the day.
READ A BOOK (FICTION)
I like to pick up my favorite book and allow myself to be completely consumed by the story (especially if it’s a dystopian novel, my favorite genre). I put myself in the main character’s shoes and pretend that I am them throughout the story. I find that this exercise helps me out of my rut sometimes because it allows me to escape life for a bit or see things from a new perspective.
When I’m experiencing a creative rut, the last thing I want to do is force myself to be creative. I like to believe that inspiration is all around me and I just have to be open-minded and let it in. When I want to feel inspired, I like to go to local art museums, walk around in nature, disconnect from social media, or listen to music. If you ever feel the same way, try these things and let me know if it worked out for you!
Stay inspired, my loves.