8 Effective ways to keep the creative juice flowing even when you feel drained
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“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out. ” Ray Bradbury
Creativity is a source that never runs dry, there is an abundance of it everywhere you look. However, I know that more often than not we find ourselves in a doozy and for some weird reasons this creative juice stops flowing. If that is you case and you are losing your creative flow, I have a few suggestions that will help you keeping it flowy:
- Dispel the Myth of Un-inspiration
One of the first steps to maintaining a creative mindset is to debunk the myth that you’re uninspired. Recognize that inspiration is a dynamic force, always present, and that you have the power to tap into it at any moment. As Maya Angelou, once said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Period!
You might feel like your creativity was wasted and become discouraged, you are exhausted or comparing. It is time for a re-evaluation and redirection. You are never without inspiration!
- Don’t Postpone Your Creative projects and ideas
When you feel a surge of creativity or inspiration, don’t postpone it. Act on it immediately, whether it is jotting down an idea, sketching a concept, or starting a new project. This immediate action keeps the creative flow alive. Don’t postpone: when you have an idea act on it immediately, when inspiration strikes it doesn’t strike again at least not in the same way. What I like to do is to keep a note book but my Samsung note 10 will do as well or a voice recorder. Whatever it is, just put it down somewhere!
- Cultivate a constant state of wonder
Embrace the world with a childlike curiosity. Cultivate a constant state of wonder by exploring the world around you. Albert Einstein believed that, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its reason for existing.” Embracing curiosity opens your mind to endless possibilities. Be in constant state of wonder: feed your curiosity, find brain stimulating activities, content, conversation, learn a new skill, language. Inspiration is everywhere we have start looking I tell you!
- Embrace Ambiguity
Now ambiguity is something I have a great aversion for, I am working on my controlling ways; but I have also realized that creative thinking thrives in ambiguity and uncertainty. Rather than seeking rigid answers, embrace the ambiguity that comes with the creative process. When ideas come to us, they are usually in the raw state and it is up to us to process it until it is a finished product or is it ever finished? But you get the point, don’t be overwhelmed by your creativity, take it bit by bit.
5. Seek clarity
While embracing ambiguity is important, seeking clarity is equally essential. Clarify your goals, intentions, and the message you want to convey through your creativity. Seek clarity, from a place of flow, purity, by asking the right questions and seeking the truth not what we think is true but what is applicably true in that specific settings. I don’t mean to confuse you but there is not a one size fits all model here, it is a unique experience that must be lived and re-lived.
6. Reflect on your Initial inspiration
Reconnect with the initial spark that inspired you in the first place. Whether it was a particular experience, a person, or a deep passion, revisiting your roots can reignite your creative fire. So, why were you inspired in the first and what drove you to a place of inspiration, was it inquisitive, pure fun, obligation, art, etc. the motive is as important as the outcome, that is why a lot of us creatives go mad. We are working toward translating something only us know, feel but don’t fully understand.
7. Let your Subconscious work during rest
This is essentially the rumination process. Sometimes, the most significant creative breakthroughs happen when we are not consciously focused on the problem. Give your subconscious mind the chance to work through challenges by taking breaks, resting, or simply doing something different. Many creative minds, including Thomas Edison, experienced ‘eureka’ moments during moments of relaxation and rest. It is critical that you take a step back and watch from a distance or disconnect completely to allow your mind to rest and ruminate on the work at hand.
8. Believe that you deserve the best in life
Finally, believe in yourself and your creative abilities. Cultivate the belief that you deserve the best in your creative pursuits. This self-confidence will bolster your commitment and drive. Believe that you worthy of the success and the life that you are after. You are enough and worthy of every good thing that is coming to you, don’t let setbacks fool you there are only there to test and help you build your creative muscles.
Staying in an inspired state and keeping the creative juices flowing is a journey that requires ongoing effort and experimentation. Remember, failure can be a friend, and self-care is a non-negotiable component of the creative process. With these strategies and real-life examples as inspiration, you can keep your creative fire burning bright and embark on a path of endless innovation.
“Don’t try to control your creativity. Surrender to it.” The Creativity Workshop
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As always, rooting for your success !
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