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8 Ways to Reignite Your Creative Spark

We all experienced a major upheaval to our normal way of life, an unexpected force that drained us of excitement and right along with it, our creativity. It’s as if we all fell into playing a never-ending game of Jumanji and we keep wishing someone rolls a 5 or an 8. And as we approach the first anniversary of the stay at home order, it can feel like we will never be inspired to create in the same way we did before.

If being in isolation has left you burnt out and stressed, here are some simple ideas to inspire you and reignite your creative spark:

Face a different direction/rearrange your room – As simple and perhaps as silly as this sounds, trust me, it works. Simply rotating your desk and seeing your everyday space from a new perspective can work wonders. It will help you relax and approach your work and projects from a different angle. This little refreshing act can brighten your day and lift your spirits before diving into your hustle. And if you want to really go for it, try rearranging all the furniture in the room you spend so much time in.

15 minute daily recharge – At some point during your day, schedule some time for yourself. This is certainly a challenge for me working from home with a toddler. But amongst the constant list of things to do, I can’t forget to find a window of time to breathe. Refresh your daily routine to include a new way to recharge. I’ve started to incorporate a 10 minute meditation session using the ‘Insight Timer’ app on my phone. The music and bell tones are so soothing that after a quick meditation session, I’m eager to get back into designing.

Listen to audiobooks – I really can not suggest this enough: listening to audiobooks has become one of my new favorite things. Since I’m working from home and taking care of a toddler, I don’t have the time to just sit and read without accomplishing something. But I have found that listening to audiobooks while folding laundry, making dinner, or cleaning up toys keeps  me entertained and refreshed.

Get yourself some succulents – I do not have a green thumb. At all. But I just love having those vibrant pops of green in our home. Thanks to creative ad placement, I found new sites that offer plant advice and quizzes to help anyone find the ‘perfect plant for them’. Most recently, I have ordered some really unique plants that brighten up my workspace.

Try something new – Since being in quarantine, I have started writing. Releasing thoughts and stories from my mind with words instead of illustrations or images is such a new way to create and it is truly feeding my soul.

You can also try:

  • Crafting
  • Playing a new game
  • Baking Grandma’s secret cookie recipe
  • Starting a sketchbook or journaling
  • Getting outside and trying a new activity or sport

Try being uncreative – What? I thought this was a blog post about finding my inspiration! True, it is. But with all that is happening in the world, it is easy to lose sight of why we love to be creative at all. Step outside, breathe deep, and soak in some sunshine. Step away from your projects, don’t force yourself. When you’re ready, look at your old sketches, some old projects, and remember that you have been creative in the past, remember that you have already accomplished so much. Sometimes the best motivation for you, is you.

Be gentle/kind to yourself – We are all being exposed to different stressors during this global crisis and it is very easy to feel burnt out. Productivity and creativity look different on everyone. You may be working at home with small children or with a roommate who just can’t remember to wear a towel out of the shower during your team zoom call. No matter your situation, be kind to yourself. Remember that you are doing the best you can, and that’s awesome.

Free yourself – Working from home or working in isolation isn’t necessarily a new idea. But the fear and uncertainty that comes with a pandemic is constricting. It’s an invisible tug on our hearts and minds that doesn’t show any clear signs of letting go. If you had dreams of starting a new craft today, or buying those succulents but you didn’t have time…that’s okay. Take a deep breath and free yourself. We all need to breathe deep and remember that hope grows when we allow ourselves to be free.

What are some activities that are helping you reignite your creative spark during the pandemic? I’d love to try something new and be inspired by you. If you have a unique way to find peace and creativity, please leave a comment below. I’d love to try out your ideas and share my new experiences.

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Gretchen Cobaugh

Gretchen brings over ten years of branding, illustration, and design experience to her role as Art Director. Her finely tuned approach to design utilizes research and expertise to create projects that are unique solutions tailored to the client’s needs. While inspiring and guiding her team, she strives to bring clients’ passions to life through cohesive identity design.

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