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.