Getting your creative groove back

I was yawning big time just trying to get that photo on the newsletter. What is it about the middle of winter (and a major winter storm) that keeps our hibernation mode in gear? Here it is a whole week after getting back to work and I’m still moving like molasses in January.
     Good News! If you are suffering these symptoms: tiredness, lack of appetite and concentration, drowsiness or sleeplessness, and muscular aches, you may not be coming down with the flu but are suffering from post-holiday blues, or back-t0-work blues.
     After rummaging around the web, I found some pretty good tips to help overcome these mid-winter, after-holiday, blues.
  1. Embrace the Blues — Huh. Well, after several days off, who really likes to get back to a routine that you just spent several days trying to break away from? Writers have a hard enough time finding time to write. And, hey, newsflash… if writers don’t write, then that puts editors out of work.  So, this feeling is normal. Embrace it and know that this, too, will pass.
  2. Wear clothes you like — Huh. My commute to and from work is about 20 feet. I always wear clothes I like, but they are not always perfect for public wear. So, I did take a little time to get a bit more professional this morning, and I actually felt like tackling taxes. Warning: This may not work for everyone!
  3. Get to the office earlier than usual — Of course, this means you must get to bed the previous night earlier than you have been. This doesn’t work well for night owls. So if you are one, skip to the next point.
  4. Set new goals — Visions of resolutions are dancing in my head.
  5. Make plans for lunch — Alrighty, this is getting better. There are people in this world that do not like going out to lunch. They are crazy, so  stay away from them.
  6. Listen to music — Music is also good to inspire. But, if you like that depressing stuff, try listening to something a bit more peppy for awhile.
  7. Build in transition time — This one is probably the most helpful. Don’t plunge into all the heavy stuff first thing. It’ll ruin that holiday glow you’ve got going if you do. Take things slow. Don’t try to get all the catch-up done in one gulp.
  8. Visualize fun — Instead of moaning that all the fun is past and drudgery lies ahead, focus on the fun things coming up. There must be something fun about your job or the people you work with, so do the things you like to do first. Save any drudge things until later.
  9. Change your position a lot — This year it is cold enough for a fire in the fireplace. But, the wood isn’t seasoned as well as it should be, so this means that I have to get up and stoke it a lot. Good for me. Stretching, bending, stretching, bringing in wood, blowing on the coals… excercise I needed. I feel better now.
  10. Punch the hopamine (hope-a-meen) button — Writers, finish a tee-ninsy creative project that has nothing to do with your current WIP. When you finish a 2-paragraph story, or a flash fiction challenge, or a story in 10 tweets, or a quotable quote, your brain gets a dose of hopamine, which is a hormone that gives your brain a victory boost. This stimulates your brain to seek this high again and again. You are ready to tackle anything.

So share your Victory Boost…

8 thoughts on “Getting your creative groove back”

  1. Hi Gina…. you are not alone in this “seasonal nightmare”. If all I had to do was bring in some wood for the fireplace, I might be a bit happier looking forward to Spring. However, in my case, my day starts out with plowing, shoveling, snow blowing and tending what needs to get done around the house because of this wonderful season. That usually kills any creativity that I may have had when I first woke up. In addition to your helpful solutions, I choose to work my creative side through the night when I am undisturbed by the daily events that interrupt them. Works great for me and I get to sleep all morning to get up and start all over again. I have noticed the daylight is lasting longer every day though! Thanks for the pointers.

  2. Get outside in the sunshine and take a quick walk. That’s when lots of good ideas come to me. Of course, I lose half of them unless I’m ready to record on my phone. 🙂

    1. I love doing that, Rhonda! Great ideas come to me when I’m walking… when I’m in the shower… when I’m drifting off to sleep… It’s hard to get them all down. I have to ask God to help me remember those special ones that are worthy to pursue 🙂

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