Whether you work in the beauty sector, or in hairdressing, holistic therapy or in the health and fitness industry, feeling uninspired or in a rut can have a negative impact on the quality of your work, your motivation and on your self-esteem. This blog aims to bring together some tips to remove barriers when you’re in a creative slump or even just help you try to avoid one in the future.
RELAX AND PLAY
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Picasso
The first step is to try to relax and do nothing. Sounds easy, right? With so much information at our fingertips, addictive social media and streaming services, it can be hard to just be quiet and slow down. Play a game, be silly – do something that just simply gives you fun. Yes, embrace and reconnect with your inner child and free up your mind to wander!
PUMP UP THE MUSIC
Music can be incredibly powerful and literally change the way you think. If you’re feeling flat, scroll to that funky, upbeat song on your playlist and feel your mood and mind change. When you listen to music you love, your brain releases dopamine, a feel-good hormone. Brain scans have even shown that this dopamine rush hits a peak when you reach the part of the song you like best.
KEEP A JOURNAL
Our mind never stops. It’s constantly crunching the countless things we experience. Sometimes, a gem of a thought can surface randomly, unrelated to what we’re currently thinking or doing. It might be a sentence, an insight, a lyric or even an image conjured up by your creative mind. Wherever you go, take a notebook with you or use a note app on your phone to capture this thought before it vanishes.
No matter what sector you’re in, it’s important to take in the latest trends and developments in your field. It can help to try to look at things from a different perspective, especially if you’re suffering from a lack of inspiration. Thanks to social media, there are many different groups you can join. And there are industry professionals sharing their expertise through Instagram, Pinterest, dedicated blogs and TED talks. You can share, learn and even have a space to bounce ideas around with people who really understand what you do. Feed your brain and stimulate your senses with the wide range of content out there, experience new things and feel those creative juices start to flow again.
GET OUT AND GET MOVING
Take a walk or a bike ride, pick some flowers or listen to the birdsong! Taking a break from your daily routine – and technology – in the fresh air will boost your performance and problem-solving skills. Or, dance, lift, spin, do some yoga or pilates, or roll out your mat and crack on with an online workout video. Aerobic exercise will relieve stress and lift your mood, which in turn will raise your creativity.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
It might sound counter-intuitive, but applying your creative focus to something that isn’t your job can be a fantastic way to reignite your imagination and unleash your creative genius. By taking up a hobby that interests you, the brain creates new neural pathways that make it work faster and better. Whether you fancy painting, cooking, playing a musical instrument, or reading, there are huge benefits. Remember that this is purely for you, so you don’t have to worry about not being “good enough.” Taking time for yourself and your own creative process is great for you and can also be great for your business.
CHECK OUT PREVIOUS WORK
If you feel like you’re in a rut, one easy thing to do is to look back at work you’ve done previously. See what you’ve managed to achieve with your clients, remember how it made them feel and just how valued you are. With all the challenges you face when running a business, sometimes it can be easy to sink into negative places that make you feel inadequate. It’s important to remember how appreciated you are and to value yourself. Keep a folder of work you’re proud of, as well as testimonials from clients that made you smile. These things can really power you through even the most difficult of times.
So dip into the suggestions above and see what sticks. Your creative flow can sometimes hit a roadblock that squashes it, but it’s always there, waiting to resurface. Take care of yourself, be kind to yourself, stay positive, and stay safe.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Einstein