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Five ways to get your creative juices flowing

We’ve all been there. You’re working on a creative project and suddenly inspiration runs dry. Or maybe you have every intention of starting a creative project but all that’s happening is that you keep flicking through Instagram to see what everyone else is up to. Once you’ve ground to a halt it can be difficult to get going again. Fortunately for you, we’ve come up with a list of ways you can get out of the rut and get the wheels turning again:

Try something different

Sometimes you just have to mix things up. If you’re stuck writing a novel, life drawing might be just the break you need. If you’re an arty type already you might be able to find a new lease of creative energy by trying stitching or knitting. Basically, you might benefit by doing something outside of your comfort zone for a bit.

Get out of the house

Sometimes you just need to put whatever you’re doing down and get away for a while. An increase in endorphins and some time spent outside could be just what the doctor ordered. Whether you try some flowing Taiji Chi Kung, or go all out with Bootcamp, some time in the great outdoors might give you just the distance you need.

Widen your perspective

Yes. Your problems with your creative work are difficult. But there’s nothing like hearing about other peoples’ issues to put your problems into perspective. For example, if you take a walking tour of East London you’ll hear a couple of hours-worth of grisly history, and suddenly your inability to think of exactly the write word in a poem pales slightly.

Chill out

We’ve got so much going on these days. The chances are you’re jumping from work to commuting to trying to finish your own creative stuff, and it’s no wonder that sometimes you don’t know whether you’re coming or going. A quick session of meditation or maybe a NLP workshop that teaches you how to be tension-free could be just what the creativity doctor ordered.

Have a drink

Ernest Hemingway famously said ‘write drunk, edit sober’, and we think it’s perfectly reasonable to extrapolate this to all kinds of creative people. We’re not actively encouraging hardcore alcoholism, but a glass of wine might help to lower your inhibitions and stop you getting caught up in worrying about the quality of what you’re doing, which is one of the biggest things that can put a person off. Better than that, a wine and cheese night or a cocktail tasting session is a way to loosen up and expand your tastes at the same time. And also that means there will be cheese. So it’s really a winning combination.

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