My Seven Favorite Ways to Get Inspired
Posted on September 08 2019
If you are in need of a little inspiration to get through the day or are a master of the arts looking to get your creative juices flowing here are seven ways to make it happen. They’ve helped me come up with killer ideas and get through some rough seas.
What I have learned is you basically need to “reset” the computer in your mind. You can do it! The trick is to get out of your own head and break the habits and rhythm you’ve become accustomed to. If you are repetitive in your daily habits for months or even weeks on end you could be digging yourself into a creative black hole. We all need to be inspired now and then because let’s face it, no matter who you are, life is not always a bed of roses. However, taking a walk in one could do you some good!
So whether its first day at work jitters or you’re ready to create a new masterpiece give the below and ignite those creative rocket boosters.
1. Visit your local botanical garden
You will notice that a few items on this list will involve connecting with nature. There’s a reason for that. I am a huge believer in the healing power of nature and the energy it provides. Everything plant, animal and place has a purpose. There is nothing more inspiring than a change of scenery and what better place to go than where nature is the focus. Visit your local arboretums and botanical gardens for an opportunity to view big old trees and colorful blooms. It’s the perfect place to get lost in your own mind and “find” what you are looking for.
2. Witness a sunrise
Sunrises are symbolic events. They represent a rebirth. Think about it, every 24 hours we get a chance to start over. Witnessing the sun rise helps you remember that we must appreciate what we have and take nothing for granted. You’ve been given another day to try again, a chance to make things right and a time to begin your journey. Take it.
3. Listen to classical music
I often think of classical music as a gentle soul scrub. Listening to classical music let’s our guard down and induces relaxation. Classical music may even bring on some powerful emotions that result in a good let it out cry. You’ve basically broke a metaphorical dam to potentially flood your mind with many great ideas and resolutions. Let those ideas and resolutions pour in!
4. Go to a museum
What better way to get creative than by witnessing creativity first hand. Heading to a place where art is gathered will inspire you to get inspired. The artistic work you are looking at was created by someone who relied on creativity to thrive and survive. Each piece of art has a story and I guarantee you there was a point when the creator need some inspiration of their own! Learn from the pros!
5. Travel somewhere new
As I mentioned earlier, you need to get out of your mind and also out of your comfort zone. There is no need to fly to other side of the world or think big here but you absolutely can. If you don’t have the ability to escape abroad go on a staycation and keep it simple. If a trip abroad is overdue and in the budget head to another country to absorb a fresh source of energy and experience a bit of culture shock. It’s a good thing in moderation! Being comfortable for long periods of time is never a good thing if you’re looking to get creative. Challenge yourself!
6. Practice restorative yoga
A mental health therapist who is also a yoga instructor introduced me to this powerful and mind clearing outer body experience. It combines scents of essential oils, calming music and of course special yoga poses meant to heal and empower your mind to unleash your creativity. You don’t need a therapist or a second person to practice restorative yoga but a guru is helpful to learn the steps and motions. Restorative yoga is something you can do alone in the comfort of your own home. Give it go!
7. Work it out
No doubt this is one of my favorite activities to fill up a notebook with ideas. This is by far the best way to clear the creative block instantly. The ideas and muses come quick so be ready. If you are working out chances are a notebook and pen will not be handy but you can text yourself! Don’t miss out on the flood of ideas you will experience as you rev up your internal creative engines. Get on that elliptical and of course safety first!
My favorite way to record creative thoughts and even make a to-do list to get things done is in a little legendary notebook called a MOLESKIN. Writers, students, artists, professionals and travelers love this notebook made famous by creative masters who have used it, such as Picasso, Hemingway and Van Gogh. Moleskin notebooks come in a myriad of styles, are customizable and most importantly perfectly sized for portability. Take it wherever you go!