How to Find Inspiration When You Feel Uninspired
Feeling uninspired can happen to anyone. As a creative person, I know how frustrating it can be when you want to work on a project but can’t seem to find the motivation. Here are some tips I’ve learned that have helped me discover inspiration when I’m feeling stuck in a rut:
Examine Your Thought Patterns
When I feel uninspired, it’s usually because I’m stuck in a negative thought pattern. Self-criticism and doubt creep in, making me feel like I don’t have any good ideas. I’ve found it helpful to identify these thoughts and consciously shift my mindset.
Here are some ways I work on improving my mindset:
- I meditate for 10 minutes to clear my head of unhelpful thoughts. Focusing on my breath helps calm me.
- I start a gratitude journal and write down things I’m thankful for. This reminds me of the positive things in my life.
- I list past accomplishments I’m proud of to build my confidence. This shows I’ve been creative before.
- I speak encouragingly to myself instead of being self-critical. I’d never talk to a friend the way I sometimes talk to myself.
Adjusting my self-talk helps me get into a more creative headspace.
Seek Out New Experiences
Immersing myself in new experiences and perspectives is a great way to spark inspiration. Here are some ways I push myself out of my comfort zone:
- I visit a new neighborhood or city to take photos and observe my surroundings. New visuals get my creative juices flowing.
- I browse a bookstore or library and pick up books on random topics. Reading about something new gives me fresh ideas to think about.
- I have conversations with people very different from me. Their unique outlooks widen my perspective.
- I purposely listen to music genres I don’t normally listen to. The new melodies and lyrics get my mind working in different ways.
Stepping outside my routine stimulates my creativity and inspiration.
Engage In Creative Activities
Instead of trying to force inspiration, I do small creative activities to get my creative juices flowing. Here are some activities I find helpful:
- I freewrite without stopping for 10 minutes. Even if I don’t produce a good piece of writing, it gets me writing.
- I doodle in a sketchbook with no objective. Doodling relaxes me and sparks visual ideas.
- I dance around my room with the music turned up. Moving my body energizes me.
- I take photos of anything, even mundane objects around my house. Looking through the lens helps me see things in a new light.
Immerging myself in creative play makes inspiration more likely to strike.
Reflect On What Inspires You
I also take time to reflect on the types of activities, places, media, and people that have inspired me in the past. I keep a running list I can refer back to whenever I need a boost.
For me, some key sources of inspiration include:
- Hiking in the woods
- Visiting art museums
- Reading poetry
- Playing with my niece and nephew
- Listening to TED Talks
- Watching foreign films
When I re-engage with these inspirational triggers, I find my creativity flows more easily. I may not feel inspired every single day, but making inspiration a priority helps me get into a creative headspace more often. Don’t give up – with some effort, you can find inspiration even when you feel unmotivated.