Inspiration comes from a well within us that inevitably runs dry from time to time. It’s hard to always be focused, and you shouldn’t expect yourself to be. When I feel devoid of creative energy and have difficulty concentrating, here are a few things that help me get back into the flow of creativity and productivity.
Take a walk.
“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Leave the phone, ipod and headphones at home.
Get out of the house and into the fresh air.
With each step, the mind clears and a new perspective can emerge.
Submerge yourself in water.
“You’re only one swim away from a good mood.”
When I’m grumpy with low energy,
my husband orders me to go swim.
I might swim 1000 yards in the pool or
just go float around at Windansea Beach.
I come back relaxed and in a better state of mind
for completing my endeavors.
Read a book.
“The more things you read, the more things you know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
– Dr. Seuss
I have found myself saying lately, “I don’t have time to read books.”
As an aspiring writer, I realized how ridiculous this attitude
is for a multitude of reasons.
Recently I pulled “The Art of Dreaming” by
Carlos Castaneda off my book shelf.
It has brought a wealth of insight to my life
and work that I wasn’t expecting.
“Yoga practice can make us more and more sensitive to subtler and subtler sensations in the body. Paying attention to and staying with finer and finer sensations within the body is one of the surest ways to steady the wandering mind.”
― Ravi Ravindra
Retreat from your surroundings and take your attention inward. Synchronizing the breath with movement in a rhythmic flow does wonders for filling your well of creativity until it overflows.
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
― Amit Ray
Sit quietly and focus on your breath. Let go of what you think you need to do, who you think you need to be and where you think you need to go. Give yourself a break from it all and enjoy a moment of presence. Meditating serves as the ultimate reset button so that you can approach your project with a new and more open state of mind.