I have been in a creative slump. No, that’s inaccurate. I have been overwhelmed to the point of tears and can’t mange to do anything other than work and mindlessly scroll social media, so needless to say, a creative slump was inevitable.
As I have been trying to wade through just the sheer volume of feeling overwhelmed everyday, I have reached down deep to try to find things to snap me out. Replaying old games and rewatching Sex and the City for the billionth time wasn’t seeming to help.
So I took a page from the Gospel According to Gretchen Rubin, happiness expert and a person I’m a little obsessed with, and I sought novelty to spark joy.
Here are the new and novel things I have tried to get myself out of a creative funk:
- I downloaded Duolingo, and got in the habit of teaching myself French. I now know how to say, “Tu mange une pomme” and “L’homme est calme,” so I am well on my way to reading Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables in the original text.
- I spent about 15 of 48 hours watching seasons 1 and 2 of The Good Place. The good news is that I really enjoyed it because it reminded me so much of Pushing Daisies. The bad news is that season 1 is exponentially better than season 2.
And I have genuinely found joy in this. And of course, there are things I used to do that just don’t work anymore. I loved crocheting for a long time, but can’t sit still long enough to work on anything right now. I love painting, but have the same problem.
Ultimately, I know I have enough hours in the day to do everything that needs to be accomplished. Getting myself to do it is an entirely different matter.
In the mean time, I’m going to keep fighting on, because that’s what I do.
Do let me know in the comments what you are doing to bring novelty and joy into your life. If you enjoy my blog, consider donating to my ko-fi, where I collect funds to get a caffeine drip inserted directly into my brain.
All the best,