MIND + SOUL

Writer’s Block, Acupuncture, Sleep, and Reviving Your Creativity

Writer’s Block, Acupuncture, Sleep, and Reviving Your Creativity

For the first couple of months of fall this year, I had a serious creativity block. I had to press myself to sit down and write, and when I did it often felt bland and not up to my usual standards. This meant I had to put in a lot more time and effort than usual just to get what I was writing up to my standards. And even then, sometimes I didn’t feel like my work was as good as I’d like.

It’s a sucky feeling to lose your creativity when you are in a line of work that requires you to be creative. There are certain tricks that help to get your writer juices flowing. Reading is one of them. Meditation doesn’t hurt. But sometimes, it just ain’t happenin’.

I’m glad to say, I feel like my writer’s block is gone and creativity has returned, thank goodness. Those two months seemed like an eternity and I felt like something was missing in my whole life, not just work. It’s hard to single any one thing out as to why this happens or what makes it better, but I will share one thing that I’ve started doing that I feel is making a huge difference in how I feel.

And that’s acupuncture.

I tried it because I was getting a migraine every week. You guys, imbalanced hormones are no joke. I can deal with fluctuating between freezing cold and burning hot a few times throughout the day, or not being able to eat the way I used to, or having to slow down my beloved coffee intake. But having a headache that had me couch bound for several hours each week was not an option. I felt like I was missing out on life and drained of anything that was me.

So, the medical acupuncture my doctor performs is designed to alleviate the migraines. But there is an unexpected bonus. I am sleeping better.

Of all the complaints I’ve had of late, sleep problems were not among them. But now I am able to see that, while I may not have been unable to get to sleep, I was waking up several times each night and the sleep I was getting wasn’t restful.

Now that I am sleeping better, I feel energized, upbeat, and … creative! My headaches are coming about every two weeks now, which is an improvement, and I’m feeling more like myself.

Why am I telling you this?

One, because I want you to know that not getting enough sleep can make you feel all sorts of off. And you may not even realize you aren’t getting enough sleep or that the quality of the sleep you are getting is not ideal. Maybe acupuncture is for you, maybe it’s not. But if you are experiencing low energy or a creativity drought and none of the usual tactics are helping, take a look at the quality of your sleep.

The second reason I’m writing this long and winding post? Because I want you to have a mini arsenal in your back pocket for getting your creativity back on track. When I wasn’t writing my best, I totally knew it. But when you are feeling low on energy and inspo. It can be tough to think of things to turn it around. Write a list or put a note in your phone of things that help you get your mojo back. Maybe you exercise or binge your favorite creative inspiration on Instagram. Maybe you add in daily naps or get some outdoors time. Maybe you play with your pet or simply take some time off. Make your list of creativity boosters when you are feeling good, so you can check in with it when you are feeling not so good.

Stuck on what saps your creativity or gets you out of a slump? Use my Creativity Boosting Checklist to add to your feelgood arsenal of inspo boosters.

Creativity Booster Checklist

Do You Have Energy Work Burnout?

Do You Have Energy Work Burnout?

Evolution is good. It’s why we are here, after all. But too much of a good thing can be bad.

Have you ever experience evolution exhaustion? Growth burnout? Enlightenment fry?

You know what it is. When you are meditating like a mad dog, reciting your mantra like your life depends on it, and willing yourself to think the happiest of happy thoughts at every waking (and sometimes sleeping) moment.

You are giving it your all, trying to manifest the heck out of your dreams and putting work into your good stuff. Then you hit the wall. And it’s not a nudge, but a huge, horrific, noisy, messy crash.

You feel tired. Grumpy even. You don’t like any of your favorite stuff quite as much. You feel like you are slogging through the day, waiting to return to bed. This is called burnout.

I’m just coming out of one of these babies.

I was doing it all – had a dream plan, a brand spankin’ new mantra, was listening to fresh words of wisdom, making time for stuff that furthers my dreams. I even did a daily viewing of my Pinterest vision board before taking my first sip of coffee. Every. Single. Morning.

Sounds like all good stuff, right? Well, as has happened in the past, it turned on me. I ended up a headachy, sleepy, foggy brained mess. I read once that when you hit this phase it is the universe readying you for a launch into something bigger. Ok. I’m ready, already.

So I prayed and meditated on this some more. And waited. And then it happened. One morning my inbox filled up with email from several different people, all up to different things. But there was one thread that ran through all of them. The word “exhaustion” was in the title.

And it was true. I felt exhausted. What started out as an energy boosting plan to the max, fizzled into a daily grind. I put the question “can positivity be a form of resistance” out to a wonderful group of women I am lucky enough to associate with, and received many solid and helpful replies. But one in particular caught my attention. Like, big time.

“If the underlying emotion is fear and the positive is a veil on top trying to keep from feeling the emotions that are coming in, then absolutely. “

I love it! With all of my visioning and praying and positivity attracting I was forgetting one very important part…to feel the shiz I was feeling.

I guess the moral of this story is: Even your daily program to wellness and abundance can become work if you let it. Do what works for you the day, or even moment, you are living. As my Mom always said, everything in moderation. And don’t forget to feel what you feel while trying to improve your sitch.

Monday Vibe

Motivational Monday

You always hear about people taking Fridays off. I, personally, find it much more difficult to get going at the beginning of the week than the end. Maybe it is a personal preference sort of things but… Whatd’ya say? How about Mondays off?

Ok, most of us can’t just take every single Monday completely off, but we can afford 5-30 minutes of pure enjoyment. So here is my deal for you. On Mondays I will post something entertaining, mildly informative, pretty or otherwise purely gratifying. All for you.

Let’s kick things off with some things I’ve been pinning for a while now on my Motivation board. Stuff that makes me want to workout, people who inspire, quotes that clear things right up, and thigs that generally get me revved.

If you find a pin that ties in with this Motivational Monday vibe, pin it and add #motivationalmondayvibe in the description so the rest of us get to see it too.

Happy Monday!