5 Ways to Get in the Mood — Creatively!

Get in the Creative Mood

It’s hard to get and stay in the creative mood these days, isn’t it?

We’re constantly pulled in a million different directions, stress fills our lives, there’s a never-ending to-do list for work and home … It’s enough to drive us insane!

And quite possibly it is doing just that according to this article by Inc.com. (Ok, maybe it’s not driving us insane but we are gettin’ the blues!)

So with all of that going on how are we supposed to ever find the time, energy, or inclination to be our creative selves?

It’s not easy, even for me.

Many times I find myself avoiding the call of writing. I choose instead to hit “decline” and go on about my day while feeling the pull-and-tug of guilt because I know that writing is the one thing that really keeps me going (and sane).

But I have to admit. I’m not the “sit down and write 500 words a day” person. And my creative friends say they are the same way, whether it’s consistently painting, playing music, drawing, designing or some other creative endeavor. 

And I’m guessing you aren’t the same type either.

In fact, you probably spend way more time THINKING about all the creating you want to do than actually DOING it.

Most of that comes from not “being in the mood.” So, just like with love, you have to set the scene, and yes, it might involve a little romance.

In fact, it should.

SET THE MOOD

Just like when you’re wanting to “get in the mood” for love, you have to get in the mood for creativity. Otherwise, you just “can’t get no satisfaction.” Let’s turn up those “good vibrations” shall we?

(Hopefully, you’re old enough to remember those song references. If not, well … it’s time to familiarize yourself with some good ol’ fashion music!)

Here’s a list of 5 Ways to Get in the Mood — Creatively!

  1. Place – cozy corner of the living room or coffee shop, park bench, a meadow, your back porch
  2. Music – soft classical music, meditation music for creativity, easy listening, instrumental (when I write I prefer music without words)
  3. Lighting – soft ambient lighting, natural lighting, candles, fireplace
  4. Food/Drink – favorite cup of joe or herbal tea, kombucha (GT’s Trilogy is my favorite), mimosa, chocolate or favorite light snack
  5. Do Not Disturb  – hang that Do Not Disturb sign (turn off your phone, the TV, the computer, ship the kids off to Grandma and Grandpa’s house — even the four-legged ones if need be.)

Carve out your space and time and stick to it. Yes, I know it’s easier said than done. Yes, I know schedules change and things happen. Yes, I know you set a date and time but when it got to that point you were not in the right frame of mind, were too tired or too sick.

That’s okay. It’s life. It happens while you plan it. 

Just take a deep breath, reevaluate the situation and ask yourself, “Can I push through or do I need to reschedule?” and keep moving forward. Any other action will cause you to either stand still and stagnate or move backward in your progress.

And go easy on yourself. (Yeah, I know, I should take my own advice!!)

Creativity should happen naturally (in my opinion). It can’t be forced. 

I’d rather produce one really amazing 500-word blog post every 6 weeks that’s really relevant to my readers or write several all in one day when I’m in my zone. If I write a blog post every single day it eventually becomes forced out because I’m just trying to reach a quota.

Everyone has a different style and creating daily works for some, but if it’s just not for you that’s okay.

Just do something on a regular basis to maintain your creative edge and fulfill the desires of your soul.

What can you do right now, today, to start creating consistently?

Think on it, meditate over it, journal about it — then DO IT. 🙂

Love and light,

Dawn-Renée

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