Earlier this week I sat down at my computer, ready and eager to delve deep into the Sensual Living world and I was met with an aggressive blank screen. Blink, blink, blink, nothing for hours. The persistent cursor taunted me with the absence of inspiration; I found myself in sludgy dissatisfaction and potent irritation for not using my time effectively. Distraction, unrealistic expectations and mild burn out are front and center in many of our lives. I am like many of you; I have no time to waste and yet, I can easily waste time by looking at awkward family photos and endless Facebook feeds. It’s the crux of our times. How do we get over the creative/ emotional/ spiritual/ procrastination hump?
Here are 8 things to do when your motivation mojo just isn’t flowing and you want to get back into your groove.
1) Be kind to you
In our busy world, we are expected to perform at 100% capacity, 100% of the time. It creates a palpable stress I see in many A-type clients in my healing practice. Everything is a wheel; sometimes you are up and sometimes you are down, but we need to surrender and trust that there is a flow even when it feels stagnant. At times, our best work comes when we are not in the 9-5 grind but when we give ourselves a break to simply reflect and observe. My advice: lighten up, stop beating yourself up for a lapse in inspiration; simply shift your focus so you can gracefully come back into your productive flow.
2) Dance, do yoga or have sex (even with yourself)
There is nothing like a little physical activity to get the creative juices flowing. Doing something physical boosts the positive endorphins and clears the mental clutter. We always feel better after a good sweat; it boosts self-esteem too.
1) Clean your house
Clutter is a creativity killer. Dust destroys determination. I know that part of my writing process is to clean and de-clutter before I can get down to business at the keyboard. It’s not procrastination, but a way to get to a space where I can think clearly and feel at ease. A clean space reflects a clean mind that is able to sort out creative rubiks cubes.
2) Go to a coffee shop
I recently started flirting with espressos for the first time since university. At my local coffee shop I have found a wonderful world of creative characters and entrepreneurs with whom I share information and inspiration. Simply breaking up your routine (for those of us who work from home), can help change the pattern of stagnation or even depression. You might even meet a handsome stranger.
3) Volunteer your time
Sometimes when we are feeling uninspired, the best thing to do is to stop focusing on ourselves and give a little help to someone in need. Consider making sandwiches for the less fortunate or spend time visiting people in the hospital. It is amazing what happens when we extend ourselves outside our little world and the gifts that come from selflessness.
4) Drink more water
Dehydration will slow down mental function and make us feel heavy and unimaginative. When things are off-kilter in my body, the first thing I do is grab a glass of water (often flavored with lemon, mint leaves or essential oils). It boosts creative flow and perks me up within a couple of minutes.
5) Drink a green juice
Juices made from green leafy vegetables, cucumbers, mint, and apples are an effective way to jumpstart your brain and activate digestion. It’s worth adding green juices into your life to see if it is in fact, constipation that is slowing you down. For additional brain boosting power, add a dollop of coconut oil or ghee to give your brain the food it needs to function at optimum capacity. Your brain thrives on (healthy) fats.
6) Supplement your Brain Fuel
Here is a short list of some outstanding supplements to give you the edge when you are feeling dull and grey. I am a huge fan of Phosphatidylserine (PS) for boosting brain power, Full Spectrum B- Vitamins for liver, energy, brain and mood support, Rhodiola herb for energy and clarity and Essential Fatty Acids (chia, hemp, fish oils) and Maca powder for high powered brain function. All of these are available at your local health food store. Who knew inspiration and focus could be so easily obtained?
I hope this list helps re-invigorate you in whatever it is that you are doing. If none of the above seems to work, I usually turn to funk music. Funk not only moves, it removes …you dig? This one is from Parliament – Bop Gun (Gotta get over the hump). Enjoy.