We all have rough spots, where everything seems boring, or we're overtired or we are just feeling plain uninspired. When I'm feeling like I'm in a slump, whether it's that I feel uncreative, or just kind of in a rut, these are the things I like to do to boost my mood!
Meditate. I'm a HUGE fan of meditation. I rely on it a lot for help with my anxiety in particular , but I find it helpful just when I'm in a bad mood. Taking a few minutes to sit, center yourself and clear your mind of thoughts is always a good thing. I find that it's easiest for my mind to get into "meditation mode" when I just physically stretch out a bit before and after. I like to roll out a yoga mat, do some full-body stretches and then sit to clear my head. However, each person has their own groove!
Step away from screens - the phone or the computer. This is something my mom has told me over and over and OOOOOVER again. Screens are helpful and they really have made life easier for the current generations, but honestly, we can stand to live without them a little more. This is definitely easier said than done, but when done, it's ridiculously liberating.
Get some fresh air- Going outside always helps. Even when it's cold out. Getting a change of scenery and some fresh air and sights of nature is always refreshing.
Carry a notebook everywhere with you- this is a good way to write down any thoughts you have along the way (when you're on the go or such). This helps me because most of what gets me down with creativity, is when I'm not organized with my thoughts. Carrying something around to write down thoughts and ideas in is SUPER helpful!
Spend time with other creative people. I'm blessed to live in a house (at home) filled with creative minds and an apartment (at school) filled with some wonderfully creative humans. My friends and family are always teaching me new ways to approach situations and events and can often offer a different and fresh insight to a stale situation. If you're having an issue, just ask for help, it never hurts.
Listen to music- I'm big on music. I grew up in a house where music is ALWAYS playing, and it's rarely the same type of music. We mix it up, from current hits, to older latin music, to Broadway songs. It's nice to have something in the background other than the hum of air conditioners and the melody of favorite songs floating around a room is a surefire way to bring back some memories.
Sweat it out. This is one that I am heinously awful at. It pretty much takes an apocalyptic event to make me exercise, but I always feel better once I do it. I'm trying to find the best way to motivate myself to work out, so any and all suggestions are welcome!
Clean or organize your workspace. I'm someone who gets easily stressed by clutter (contrary to what my parents may believe). If I'm working in a cluttered or messy environment, my head feels more confused and scattered, like the items scattered around my desk. It's an easy way to procrastinate, if that's what you want to call it, but sometimes just taking 15 minutes to clean up, neaten up and put things away will make it easier to start something new or restart an old task.
Set a 30 minute timer and free write. What some people call journaling, I call free-writing. It's nice to just sit and spew onto paper- whether it's personal thoughts or events, or a story idea or a blog post idea. It doesn't matter what you are writing, so long as you are getting it out. I like to think of it as a way to get stress out, because usually the first things that come to mind are the things that have been bothering me the most, so they come out the easiest.
Don't force it - take a day off. This is something that my mom taught me when I was really young. It's okay to feel like you can't handle it all. It's okay to feel overwhelmed. It's taken a long time for me to learn that I don't have to give 100% every single day to those people and things around me that seek my attention. Sometimes you need a day to yourself to recenter, and don't be afraid to take one.
Write out a list of your blessings. This is incredibly helpful. More often than not, we forget how much we have (feeling #blessed yet?) and it's always good to take a moment and recognize what you have going for you already. Sometimes this will help you come up with inspiration for goals you want to set, or will help you realize what you already have that can help you reach future goals. At the very least, at the end, you'll be feeling hella grateful.
What do you do to keep your head up when you're feeling down?