As you may (or may not) of noticed, it’s been a bit quiet on the blogging front for me. My last post was a month ago. That is not good. I can tell you a million excuses about how I’ve been away (which I have) and how I’ve had deadlines for uni (which I have) and how I just wanted some chill time (which I did.) But if I’m honest with myself, it’s because (even as I write this) I feel completely uninspired. I don’t have writers block, I have creative block. Yes OK it’s kind of the same thing but I know I what I want to write I just don’t know how to make it; witty, funny or mildly entertaining, and for someone doing a creative degree it sucks, big time.
I am unable to create a story and tell it in a way that I find interesting. I have tried countless times over the last month to put pen to paper or hands to keyboard and just write, which usually comes very naturally to me but something in my brain is not fully switched on. AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS!
I’m not ill, or on my period or going through a hard time I’m just lacking the pazaz that I usually have. Although this is kind of a ‘what to do when you feel uninspired and these should help you post,’ it’s also a ‘can anybody out there help Leasha post?’ Surely I can’t be the only one this has ever happened to…
Here are what I have or am going to try over the next few days which I am determined will get me out of my funk.
- Go outside – when I feel drained of all energy the last thing I actually want to do is get up but if you stay in all day (which as a student I can sometimes do) it makes you feel a lot worse, get some fresh air in your lungs and go for a walk…even if it’s just to the shops, just move!
- Stop going on; Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Vine and definitely Youtube! Youtube is the worst. All of these platforms are great when your feeling normal, but when your feeling uninspired they cater to your need for procrastination and do exactly the opposite, you endlessly binge on Crime series that teach you absolutely nothing except how to do a tie properly (speaking from experience if you haven’t already guessed.)
- Speak to inspiring people – I feel like my brain is slowly starting to brush off the rust again as I start speaking to great people with fab ideas. My final project for uni is due in the next few months which means all of the people around me are going through the same thing. Brain storming ideas is a great way to get an exciting, idea stimulation going with people who get you.
- Watch Ted Talks- urg I know some of them are awful, in fact most of them make me want to punch the talker in the face but there are the odd few that make me smile and take a deep satisfying breathe and realise life is worth living. (Back to cynical Leasha after 12 minutes though) This one particularly hit me in the feels.
- Set your alarm and wake up to it, don’t put it on snooze, it messes up all sorts of sleep patterns and will make you feel worse in the long run, I like (well I don’t like but I do) put my phone the other side of the room so I have to get off my bum and move rather than just lazily hitting the snooze button, I hate myself for all of 30 seconds, but it’s worth it and all day I don’t feel sluggish therefore feeling more inspired.
- Eat good stuff- McDonalds makes you feel crappy, fruit makes you feel good.
- Read- get your brain thinking again, I know it sounds daft but society is technological, nowadays we don’t do much thinking for ourselves really, endlessly watching crappy TV or playing games doesn’t make you think, it makes you passive, read something that makes you want to stay awake and sit up, not something that sends you off to sleep.
- Finally- google some inspiring quotes that feel relevant and put them on your walls, I don’t mean YOLO or other generic ones, I mean ones that you actually understand and take something from. If you haven’t already guessed, I am not a gushy person, I’m straight to the point and don’t like bullshit, but even I can appreciate a good quote, Tumblr has some great ones. Here’s my personal favourite at the minute which I’m hoping will kick in soon.
There we have it, I feel like this was a sort of counselling session for me (much cheaper than an actual counsellor) but still kind of helpful. No these wont make you feel like writing the next best seller but they may just flick a switch in you that has been hiding away for a while. This time of year is always a bit crap but Spring is coming which means sunshine, flowers and longer nights! YAY! if that doesn’t motivate you, I’m all out of ideas.