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On The Table Read, “the best creativity magazine in the UK“, we are sharing inspiration for writers, musicians and artists who are struggling to get out of a creative slump.
Whether you are an artist, writer, musician, or just all around creative person, you are probably familiar with that aching feeling of frustration while in the midst of a creative slump. Creativity is a joyous feeling of inspiration and reward, whereas its opposite can leave you feeling exhausted, uninspired, angry, and unmotivated.
Whether you have an upcoming creative deadline or are just ready to get back into your desired flow state, try these three ways to get out of a creative slump and start creating again.
It may seem counterintuitive to gaze upon others’ successful creations when you are having a hard time creating yourself, but actually, the opposite is true. Immersing yourself in art, architecture, theatre, or movies can actually help inspire you to start creating again.
Think of your favourite painters, directors, or actors and explore their work or try something widely new to trigger fresh creativity. Watching movies, television shows, and documentaries are an easy way to find inspiration fast. You can also check local schedules near you and find an immersive art show, a new play in town, or an outdoor music event. If you’d rather stay in, you can also explore museums all over the world from your computer with virtual museum tours.
Join a Social Group
Nothing can spark creativity quite like connecting with people. Being social can lead to a collaboration of ideas which can kickstart your creativity and can be attained in various social environments in person and online. You can meet up with an old friend over coffee or put yourself out there and meet someone new.
To meet new people in person, try apps like Bumble BFF or Meetup, which allows people to host group events such as chess tournaments or volleyball meets. To collaborate with people in a unique virtual environment, look no further than online book clubs and live gaming. Online book clubs can be based on location or genre and there are a ton of options to find your niche.
The same can be said for gaming. Some video games allow you to play with people from all over the world, collaborating on a common goal to win. There are also live bingo games where you can play with a group of people in real time. These bingo games happen every night and feature two live presenters. There is a chat feature to communicate and everyone celebrates wins together with confetti and victory dances.
Move Your Body
Getting in some movement is a tried and true method to get your creative juices flowing. Exercising can calm your mind, get any anxious jitters out of your body, and is scientifically proven to release feel-good chemicals. Next time you are in a creative rut, try a new workout class such as Pilates or Zumba, sign up for a local outdoor yoga class, or rent a kayak and explore a river. If you rather start slow, go for a quick walk around the block or dance in your living room- very badly or otherwise.
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