It’s afternoon… exhaustion hits. Everything feels tired; your mind, body, and soul. You want to do something, create, do work, anything, but you just can’t. You’re so exhausted and you have no clue how to find energy or inspiration of any kind. But you feel that urge to create. How do you find inspiration? It was just at your fingertips, where did it go?
I’m not sure if everyone feels like this, but my inspiration and creativity are always fleeting. Sometimes, I am an artistic machine; writing down tons of ideas in my notepad, taking photos, making collages, writing, doodling, everything. And other times, I can barely get myself to write down a sentence, draw a line, or even think creatively. I cannot even think to pick up a pencil, or even write a sentence unless it’s for school.
I don’t think I’m alone on this. But, the worst type of loss of creativity is whenever you have that deep urge to create, but you just can’t. What do you do when you’re too exhausted, too uninspired, and you just can’t?
Whenever I feel this way, there are a few things that I try to do to bring back my inspiration.
I love doing this, to get a sense of what I have tried to convey in the past, and if there is still a piece of me that aches to do it again (or do it better). Your past self probably had tons of unfinished ideas, thoughts, and words… go find them. Find the doodles and scribbles and half-finished journal entries, and become inspired. See if you can make something out of them.
Go to blogs, Instagram accounts, museums; anywhere you find art. Find inspiration in what others are doing, and take that inspiration into your own art.
Take a break and look around you. Take in the scenery. Look at the sky, the plants you see, the colors, the noises, anything and everything that you notice. Take note of all of these things and try to look at them from an artistic point of view. Challenge yourself to create from what you see.
Relax and read a book. Fiction or nonfiction just lay back with a cup of tea or coffee and read. You’ll find comfort in the words of the author and come out of your daze feeling refreshed and inspired.
And if none of these things work, don’t try to force your inspiration. This is something you cannot force to happen; instead, it takes time to build up or find. There are so many times where I question if we as humans have the capacity to use our minds at all times, and I’m sure the answer is no. We need a break. Use this lack of inspiration as a sign that you need a break, and do something else with your time. Instead of getting upset with your exhaustion/uninspired mess, lie down and just daydream.
If you’re still struggling for inspiration, I definitely recommend checking out This Is Halcyon and reading some posts. Maddie’s words continue to inspire me daily.