Do you believe creativity is something that’s important to artists and composers, but not relevant to the rest of us? Think again. If you’re in any way a dynamic, ideas person, if you have a special hobby – even if you’re part of managing and organizing a club or group of friends, you’re using your creativity.
It’s the knack of coming up with something new, or a new slant. Creativity comes from the ability to play with thoughts and make original connections between them. Inspiration arrives when you’re relaxed inside – then you have a feeling of enjoyment, even excitement, at what you’re generating. If you like sketching, you see a lovely tree and you feel the impulse to draw. If you’re a musician, a relaxed evening might inspire you to strum a new tune. If you like knitting, you see a pattern and feel enthusiastic about creating a garment. If you’re an organizer you see an event advertised and start planning how to get friends fired up and together. If you like DIY you have a vision of how something in your house could look, and you set about making it real. So many ordinary things are creative, like cooking a meal or putting an outfit together. Like a host of other abilities we take for granted, this can dry up, leaving you stumped.
Like so many other things in life, creativity comes in cycles, or bursts. It can depend on moods, or life events. Issues over which you have no control can affect your creativity, such as the attitudes of other people, time and circumstances – even your own health and sleep patterns. It’s natural for your creative powers to vary. Problems particularly arise when you begin to worry about it. Start saying ‘I’ve lost my mo-jo’ and you’ll make it come true.
This can start by you feeling switched off, low-key, slightly down. This may be because you’ve got problems or feel depressed for some other reason. You may say to yourself ‘Can’t be bothered.’ Maybe you’re bored or tired. However, in the natural course of life creativity sometimes switches off. If you can accept this and lie fallow, fine. But most of us make it worse by trying to force the issue and getting anxious, which is a great turn-off for inspiration. This can result in a downward spiral of frustration and worry, leading to loss of self-esteem and even full-blown depression. So what can you do to get back your precious creativity?
Firstly you may need to recognize that it’s your creativity you’ve lost, because if you don’t see yourself as a classically ‘creative’ type, this may not be obvious. Once you’ve clicked, try the following:
• Book some R & R. You may have burn-out – no-one can keep going at full throttle all the time and if you really switch off it can work the magic. However, you need to really switch off – as in forgetting all about it, because if you keep saying to yourself ‘If I relax I’ll soon be inspired’ chances are you won’t be.
• Are there other things wrong in your life that are strangling your creativity, such as relationship or job issues? Maybe you need to focus on these.
• Have you been brought down by criticism or lack of appreciation? Find someone who does see the good in you, and develop faith in yourself, because many of the world’s most wonderful artists and writers were not recognized at first.
• Do things you enjoy – seeing friends, going out, chilling – and practice being in the moment, with all its little pleasures.
• Look over all you have achieved and rest on your laurels for a while.
• Make some changes. Vary your routine, have a holiday, go to different places – whatever. Be aware of what’s gone stale and bin it.
• Exercise. This can be something gentle such as a brisk walk. Half an hour a day is essential to keep the mental wheels turning.
• Be disciplined. This may seem like a contradiction of most of the above, but it does work. Decide that for an hour a day you will be creative. If you’re a writer, sit at your desk and write, even if you delete it later. If you’re making clothes, sew for an hour, even if you have to unpick. While you’re doing this, try not to fixate on the end product – just play with what you’re attempting. Often you’ll find what you’ve done is better than you expected.
If you’re really struggling and upset about your creativity, don’t despair. At The Circle you can always contact a psychic or medium who can help you. Benefit from a psychic reading, check your horoscope, get some advice, insight and support. A clairvoyant reading is one fabulous way to be inspired and create anew, so make contact with us without delay.
PUBLISHED: 27 January 2015