08 July 2012
things to do when creatively stuck
Quite on the spur of the moment a little while ago I jotted down a list of things that have worked to help me move out from a period of creative stuckedness. I am listing them here again for safe keeping and in preparation for the next time...
Things to do:
▲ ...clean - all those unpleasant jobs you normally avoid and have been put off during your previous wild rumpuss of creativity - your home, family and psychie will be so grateful for this
▲ ...shower - it's amazing the number of ideas/answers that just flow to mind when my brain and back is being pummled by hundreds of tiny, racing drops of water
▲ ...weed, dig, clear snow - something physical, not cutting grass though unless you are using a scythe
▲ ...unplug from technology - especially the internet - your brain needs to unplug from all background chatter and clouding fog - yes even that 'great sage' of a writer who 'always' has the answers
▲ ...have a good belly-aching, tear-enducing laugh with a close friend
▲ ...take a walk/hike. breathe
▲ ...just sit and think, ponder and consider, ask yourself some check in questions - what makes me truly happy? what do I love? consider if you need to adjust your course - things change. our priorities, our values, what brings us passion. as creatives we steer our own ship and have the freedom to move with the tide. know this is okay and normal. who wants to do the same thing forever anyway?
▲ ...hit/thrash something - but not animals, your children, or your partner (unless they're padded up or a professional fighter) - get angry (but again not for long, 'bout 30 minutes should do it)
▲ ...run - anywhere
▲ ...turn the volume up, and dance. wildly. with abandon...
▲ ...write it down - begin/continue a journal of 'morning pages' and let your thoughts flow. even if you think you are just writing utter drivel or don't know what to write. commit to writing three pages of 'stream of concious' first thing each morning. and get it all down on paper.
▲ ...consult the Fae - now I don't mean to go all kooky on you here, but trust me *wink* this does help. And before you ask, I don't use them all the time (and I think that is why they are so helpful when I do) but when I am really, really stuck I pull out my oracle cards and do myself a consultation with the Fae. they put everything into perspective. they clarify those tumbling thoughts and remind me of things I have buried. they help me to see a way through my mental quagmire... Personally, if you are unsure of doing a consultation yourself, I would find another real, in-person someone to do one for you - not one of those online, automated ones - they're odd and taken with a good pinch of salt for their 'value'. on the other hand, don't be swayed by those who charge hideous figures for the privilage. go with your gut. Again, personally, I'm happy to accept the traditional 'cross my palm with silver; gentleman's agreement', type of exchange, but that's just me. anyways, we can talk of this again later if you wish, for now it's something to think on and try. for me it works. it may also for you.
...and a couple of things to not do:
▲ ...don't force things before they are ready, however much you want them to happen 'right now!' - remember this is all part of the cycle - don't allow the pressure of others to 'perform' push you onwards before you are truly ready. this is so easy to say, but so hard to remember when you are locked into that stuck state. I know!
▲ ...do not look through notes of ideas or try brainstorming - this will only fill your head with more clutter at this point and create further overwhelm - don't go there
In working through this stuckedness try some or even all of the above. Find you own ways too. For me definitely the physical things work best as you will have surmised from the above list. I think this is because of just how much our creativity comes from inside us. We get stuck there. In our own heads. Doing something physical reconnects us to terra firma, grounding us back into something good and real. Good luck and much love in getting through this. XO, Bex