How to Pull Yourself Out of a Creative Funk

Creativity isn’t just for art majors. Creativity works its way into every aspect of our lives, whether we know it or not.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines creativity as: the ability to make new things or think of new ideas. Having a creative thought or idea is what will set you apart from the competition when its time to follow your career path.

But what happens if the creative juices just aren’t flowing? Don’t panic! There are a couple of things that you can do to give your attitude a jumpstart into a more inventive state.

Firstly, you should look into yourself and try to figure out why your creativity meter is at an all time low.

Stressed out about an upcoming test? Overworked from being split between work, school and social time?  Relationship problems? Hungry?

Once you can begin to identify why your mind is elsewhere you can try to bring it back to where it needs to be.

One of the most important steps in getting out of your creative funk is to put down what you’re working on. If you try too hard you might force something that doesn’t truly represent yourself or better the project in any way.

Don’t worry if you’re on a time crunch, getting away from your work can take as little as 5 minutes. What you do with the time you take is what really matters.

For those that don’t have long, you can do something as simple as getting up from your desk walking to the kitchen and enjoying a glass of water. Get some fluid in you!  Sometimes when you don’t have enough water in your system, your body (and mind) does some strange things.

Try eating a small snack, maybe a bag of chips or an apple. Get the blood flowing through your body again and take a brief timeout from your work.  Also, try not to think about the work because then you’re not on a break at all.

Try meditating. For those who roll their eyes at the word “meditating” how about simply closing your eyes and thinking about something completely random for 5 minutes. Of course, set an alarm so you don’t fall asleep.  Then return to your work with a fresh face and you may see it in a whole new light.

For those that have a little bit of time on their hands, there are quite a few more options. Try getting a workout in.  Go for a walk or a jog.   Visit the campus gym.  Get your blood flowing and force your mind into another place.

For all you know, a great idea might come to you as soon as you hit that mile mark. Don’t stress yourself out about it.  Exercising is one of the best ways to release stress and in turn create an environment for creativity to flow freely.

Another great way to encourage a little creativity is to laugh. Don’t cackle loudly from your study corner in the library because that’s weird.  Instead, try finding a more secluded place and turning on a comedy special on Netflix.

Call up your funniest friend and ask about the worst date they’ve ever been on. Laughing encourages happiness, which in turn fuels the free spirit in you.

Creativity isn’t something you can force. Some people are lucky enough to always be the most creative in the room.  But even they sometimes fall into a rut and need a little creative encouragement. So, next time you feel bland and unoriginal give one of the above a try and watch as your creative sparks light a fire.

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