Have you been struggling to find creative inspiration? Do you need help confronting a lack of motivation or focus?
We've got a solution for you that will get you back to feeling as determined, inspired, and confident as ever. These simple steps can even become tools that you can turn to again and again whenever you’re going through a creative block!
Read on to discover our top 3 tips for getting your creative juices flowing again.
1. Turn to others
One of the best ways to encourage your personal creativity is to look outward. Head to an art museum, call some friends and try co-creating a fun group art project, or check out some artist’s portfolios online. Whichever way you decide to reignite your inspiration, exposing yourself to the creativity of others encourages you to not only dive back into what you love but also create things you’ve never even thought to try before!
Many of the greatest artists of our time spent much of their days in artist collectives - groups of artists that all work together to support, inspire, promote, and co-create masterpieces. One renowned example is the artist collective called Ant Farm, a group that was most active in the 1970s. One of their most famous works was the installation titled Cadillac Ranch, which consists of 10 brightly painted Cadillac cars all buried nose-first in the earth.
Photograph by Richie Diesterheft, “Tipping Painted Cars,” 2008.
Artist collectives like Ant Farm reinvigorate inspiration amongst the artists in the group, but they also do so much more than that. They play a key role in influencing the art movements of the time, which in turn informs our collective society from our politics to our culture and economy. If you’re looking to inspire yourself and perhaps even a generation, try joining an artist collective, or making one of your own!
2. Get moving
Lots of us go for a jog or take a swim when we’re in a bad mood. Exercising helps release your endorphins, which can give your mood a boost and cause positive feelings to flow through your body. But did you know that exercising can help boost your creativity, too?
One study decided to test young student’s creativity levels before and after an aerobics class. The group that did the aerobics class experienced significant improvements in almost all variables measured for creativity! 1 Getting your body moving has a whole host of benefits, one of which is helping to declutter your brain. This is an important step to take when you need to give your creativity a boost, because an overwhelmed brain can make it much more difficult to get inspired.
3. Declutter your brain
Speaking of decluttering, this brings us to our third and final tip: get that brain cleared out! There are lots of different ways you can help your brain recalibrate and refocus on the present moment. This could mean a mindfulness practice like meditation or breathing exercises, or it can be as simple as making a realistic, step-by-step to-do list or creating a vision board. If you want to learn about the most effective methods for decluttering your brain, check out our blog post - How to declutter your mind in 5 simple steps! And please, if you’re ever dealing with unmanageable thoughts, do not hesitate to reach out to a mental health professional.
Follow these three easy tips, and you’ll be feeling more inspired, rejuvenated, and ready to create than ever...but if you’re looking for something with a little more guidance, then look no further.
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1 Latorre-Román Pedro Ángel, Berrios-Aguayo Beatriz, Aragón-Vela Jerónimo, Pantoja-Vallejo Antonio. (2021) Effects of a 10-week active recess program in school setting on physical fitness, school aptitudes, creativity and cognitive flexibility in elementary school children. A randomised-controlled trial. Journal of Sports Sciences 39:11, pages 1277-1286.