Feeling blah and uninspired? Here are some tips to get your zest and creative juices flowing again.
Some days, creativity can feel like an elusive creature always ducking out of our reach. Some days, we are just too burned out by the daily grind to pursue any creative endeavour.
What is creativity anyway? The textbook definition is “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something”. But I see it as finding ideas from life itself, then weaving them into a bigger dream and making that a reality.
And that’s why creativity can seem like such an illusory, abstract thing. It’s hard to turn new, imaginative ideas into reality if you can’t notice them around you because you’re too busy or tired. Creativity is something that requires passion, devotion, and ample space to explore and ruminate.
So if you’re looking for new ways to be inspired and break out of your rut, here are some ideas:
1. Change Your Scenery
You can’t come up with new ideas by sitting at the same spot every day. Get up and head somewhere different from your regular hangouts. Maybe try a new cafe in another neighbourhood, a different outfit (maybe swap your Little Black Dress for flared jeans), or take a different route home from work. You’d be surprised how a change of scenery can improve your state of mind!
2. Get Those Endorphins Pumping
Deadlines, reports, figures. Those things can drive a person insane – believe me, I understand. It is also soul-sucking and draining to do it every day.
If you feel like your creative well is drying out and you’re itching to get back into the groove, clear your head of all those numbers and Excel documents by getting up and moving. Even brisk-walking around your office building can help you re-calibrate. Exercise also helps sharpen our minds, improve our productivity, and get the creative juices flowing again!
3. Break Out of Your Routine
Creativity can’t thrive in an environment that is stagnant and routine. So try new things, gain new experiences, and expose yourself to new situations. Do something outside of your routine — be it trying a new workout or picking up a new hobby — and shake up your long-held habits.
4. Fight For Your Space and Time
Creativity needs its own time and space. It’s tempting to just go home and binge-watch Netflix or go out for drinks with friends, but if you get too swept up in these activities that don’t support your creative ventures, your creativity suffers. While you do need some down-time once in a while, creation only happens when you get cracking. So clear your work space and start creating!
5. Be Curious
Creating something from scratch can seem daunting, but not if you start with the questions “Why?” and “What if?” and let these guide you down uncharted paths. Curiosity is what drives any creative process, so have fun, start asking questions, and you might discover answers you never expected.
This article is an excerpt from ZALORA Community. For the full article, click here.
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