What is a creative spirit?
You have this creative side of you that you can discover and use. What do you do to spark your creative spirit? We all know that creativity is essential for personal and professional success, and sometimes, it can be difficult to activate this aspect of ourselves.
It’s the energy that drives you to create. It’s the energy that fuels your desire to do something new, and it helps you see possibilities where others see problems. Creative spirit allows you to be open to new ideas and new ways of doing things, so you can bring your own unique perspective to a situation. Creative spirit is what lets you take an idea from concept to reality, whether you’re designing a piece of art or building a business from scratch!
What is a creative drought?
A common problem for those who are trying to write, draw, or otherwise create, creative drought is the feeling of being completely uninspired and being unable to produce anything at all. Some also call it as creatives block. It happens to almost everyone at one point or another—even the most successful creative professionals and can be caused by a number of different factors.
Have you experienced creative drought?
In the event that you have, it’s not really something you should be feeling bad about. In fact, it’s completely natural for your creativity to come in waves. It’s what makes the periods of creativity all the more precious when they occur.
Creative drought comes and go. What do you do to overcome it?
What do you do to spark your creative spirit and overcome creative drought?
The best way to combat creative drought and activate your creative side is by being aware of what each is. Let me share with you these 6 simple ways!
#1 Figure out what you’d like to do with your creativity.
I believe that when you create something, you are giving a part of yourself to someone else. It may not be tangible, but it’s still something that can make a difference in someone’s life.
💡One way to spark your creative spirit is to pinpoint what you’d like to do with it. Do you want to write a comic book? Design an app? Start a blog? Make a cookbook? Create a newsletter for family and friends? Shoot videos and share them to the world? Set up a business?
Do you want to use your creativity to bring more joy and happiness into the lives of others?
🔑 Then ask yourself these questions:
– What tools will I need? (For example: pens/paper/crayons, a laptop)
– How much time will this take every week? (Maybe 30 minutes per week if all goes well!)
– What kind of support do I need from other people? (Do they need training too?)
Write your answers down. Once you have worked this out, you will feel your creativity flowing. When you know what you will do with it, you will never run out of creativity juices!
#2 Understand what can spark your creative spirit.
Another key in stimulating your creative side is to actually understand what sparks it.
💡It’s important to define what kinds of things inspire you, enlighten you, and move you to action. What excites you? Pay attention to what frustrates you and stresses you out.
🔑 Try this exercise. If you’re a visual person, then maybe you need to sit down and read something that will help put words in pictures for you. Does music move you? Perhaps, the sound of a symphony playing in the background will help get those creative juices flowing. Do you like silence, then maybe meditation will help quiet your mind so that you can think more clearly. If you’re a gamer, get on a game!
Make a list of everything that makes you feel stressed out or unhappy — things like deadlines, money problems, or family issues. Write down the things that excite you — things like baked cookies, a road trip, long holidays, or new clothes.
When you recognize these trigger points, you will know how to respond accordingly.
#3 Spend time with people who are creative and supportive.
People who are creative like you will most likely understand what you’re going through. They may also encourage you when you’re feeling down.
💡Surround yourself with your tribe! Spending time with people who are creative and supportive of you can be so rewarding. They will keep you mentally active and engaged. You’ll have new experiences that you wouldn’t otherwise have had. You’ll learn more about yourself and about them, too.
Creativity is contagious! When someone spends time around other creative people, they’re more likely to be inspired themselves to try something new or outside their comfort zone—and sometimes those experiences end up being amazing (and even life-changing).
🔑 Take time today to call those people who have been with you through ups and downs. Say thank you to them for being supportive. If your budget allows you, treat them to an unforgettable day. It does not have to be fancy. Call your creative friends, too. Have a conversation with them. Listen to them talk about the things they’re working on or planning on.
You already know that there’s no one out there who can understand your struggles better than another creative person. Spending time with fellow creative individuals can truly spark your creative spirit.
#4 Go outside for a walk or sit in nature.
Going outside and sitting somewhere quiet and beautiful, like the beach or a park is a great way to get some exercise and clear your head.
💡If you’re struggling with a creative block, why not do this? It can help you let go of stress and anxiety, which can make it easier to focus on the task at hand. The less distractions you have on hand, the more free you’ll feel to let your mind wander and explore new ideas.
You can also use this time to think about how you want to approach a problem or situation, or even just think about what you’d like to do next. It’s like meditating, but with nature!
🔑 Try this. Go for a walk. Enjoy your surroundings and take in the sights. When you’re walking, focus on one thing: your footsteps. When you’re sitting in nature, proactively notice the elements around you. Look at the sunset. Listen to the birds. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Sit back and the world will inspire you. Don’t force yourself to create something out of nothing!
#5 Declutter and organize.
Why declutter to spark your creative spirit? Because a cluttered room is a cluttered mind.
💡If you bombard yourself with stimuli and tasks, it’s going to be hard for you to focus on the task at hand. Your brain cannot focus on the task at hand and it’s not going to produce good results.
🔑It’s time to do some decluttering: put away some old papers or clothes that aren’t useful anymore. Organize everything else into folders or boxes so they’re easy to find when you need them again. Open your laptop. Send your unwanted files to the trash bin. Go to your inbox and purge your emails. Get rid of anything that isn’t serving a purpose anymore.
Decluttering is an essential step in creating space for creativity because it lets you focus on what’s important: the things that inspire you.
Avoid surrounding yourself by too much stuff as it will be hard to focus on anything else. You cannot create!
#6 Have a date with what you’re passionate about.
I believe that if you commit to spending at least half an hour each day doing something that you’re passionate about, in due time, you’ll discover more and more ways to do it differently and creatively.
💡Have a date with your creativity and build it into your routine as often as possible. When you work on your passion, you’re more likely to do great work—and that’s not just because of the quality of the work you produce. It’s also about how well you can focus and how much energy you have when you’re in it.
🔑Consider this. If you love making furniture out of reclaimed wood, then you could take an afternoon every week and spend a few hours carving them into something new. Would like to start growing more of your own food? You could spend an hour or two each day tending your garden or looking for seeds online. Interested in painting, but are not very good at it yet? Try setting aside half an hour every week or two to try out new techniques with watercolor paints.
Are you ready to spark your creative spirit?
We need creativity to produce something new that has value to our community. Our creativity matters when we want to see connections between things that might help solve problems.
I’ve been exploring routines and habits that nourish my creativity and I learned that it isn’t always easy to be creative. I’ve realized that it is indeed a skill that I can learn, hone, and strengthen. But first, we need to take the initial step!
Maya Angelou said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
What are you doing in the next days to spark your creative spirit? Comment down below!