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In Lifestyle on
May 8, 2018

12 Tips To Help You Get Out Of Any Slump And Back In Creative Alignment

A few weeks ago I was dealing with a major creative slump, y’all! I was trying to get myself together after a death in my family and dealing with all the freelance work I was fortunate enough to do, and The Happy Arkansan honestly fell by the wayside. It took a while for me to feel comfortable getting back into regularly scheduled blog events.

I have been posting regularly for the past few weeks, even though I recently decided only to promise two posts a week. I have been feeling more inspired lately, and I wanted to share some ways to get realigned after you have fallen into a slump.

Related Reading: How To Chase Your Creative Dreams With Diet Coke®

 12 Tips To Help You Get Out Of Any Slump And Back In Creative Alignment | A slump of any kind is the worst! Today, on the blog, I am sharing my best tips and tricks for getting out of your rut and back in creative alignment. #Creativity #CreativeMillennial #MillennialAdvice

1. Pray About It

Sometimes you just gotta spend some time with God (however you choose to address Him/Her.)

I know that praying isn’t for everyone, but it helps me to spend some time praying and thinking about my next move.

Often we worry so much about things, but that doesn’t help in the long haul. Work hard, pray, and then let it go.

Pray about it and wait for a response.

When God answers, don’t ask for a different answer. Often we get a million signs pointing us in one direction, but we still choose to defy it.

If you are gonna pray about it, don’t fight about it later.

2. Journal

Another thing I love to do when I am in a slump is journal.

I am not all woo-woo, but I do believe what you put out there, you get back.

With that being said, don’t forget to journal about the positive things happening in your life.

At the end of the day, I am all about putting out more positive energy than you do negative energy. You can journal about your problems, but don’t forget to journal about your not problems.

3. Get Outside

A few weeks ago I started sitting outside in the afternoon.

I am usually one to spend all day cooped up inside, but a few times a week I like to spend about an hour and just sit outside in a lawn chair close to sunset.

Part of the time I just sit with my own thoughts and sing songs to myself.

The other part of that time I take my laptop outside, and I write.

Sometimes when you are getting out of a slump, you just need to do whatever you do in a different location.

That might be outside, that might be in a coffee shop, that might be in a different country, etc. 

Changing up your scenery does wonders for your realignment.

It may not be the most permanent solution, of course, but some new scenery never hurt anyone.

4. Take Your Time

Life is dandy when the stars all align, and you can walk confidently in your purpose, but sometimes that takes time.

You can’t force yourself back into alignment, so don’t be afraid to take your time.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you sit around, do nothing, and mope around all day.

Quite the opposite.

It means you take your time while doing.

All these activities can be done over time.

Don’t rush or try to force alignment. You will know when you are properly aligned.

Do something to get you closer to that alignment every day, and give those activities time to work.

5. Think About The Bigger Picture

So often, we are out of alignment with our purpose because we get stuck in the day to day grind.

You need to give yourself some inspiration.

Create a mood board or poster board with your why on it.

Then you can make sure that at least some of the activities you do every day get you to that why.

Also, think about your activities in a different way.

Yes, babysitting in and of itself might not get you closer to your why. BUT: babysitting leads to income that you can save that will allow you to feel comfortable pursuing your why later on.

So, those small tasks that you find yourself doing may not be directly related to your purpose and passion, but they will make walking in your purpose that much easier.

6. Seek Some Guidance

Sometimes, you just need some help.

Whether that’s hiring someone to coach you, listening to a podcast, crying to your sister, or anything in between––that’s up to you.

We cannot go through this world alone.

It’s okay to lean on and get help from others.

Humans are social creatures, and God made us this way for a reason.

So, instead of holding all your thoughts in and suffering through this time alone, reach out to other people who are here to help you.

See that counselor, hire that coach, reach out to friends online and in person.

 12 Tips To Help You Get Out Of Any Slump And Back In Creative Alignment | A slump of any kind is the worst! Today, on the blog, I am sharing my best tips and tricks for getting out of your rut and back in creative alignment. #Creativity #CreativeMillennial #MillennialAdvice

7. Read Motivational Books

No, I am not talking about the sappy motivational books.

I am talking about the ones that will make you feel like a total badass.

The ones that will tell you the truth instead of sugarcoating it and giving you awful advice.

Get an Audible subscription and listen to some audiobooks. Or simply take some time to read a chapter a night.

I really enjoyed “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck” by Mark Manson and “You’re A Badass” by Jen Sincero.

8. Start Before You Get Aligned

As I talked about in the Take Your Time section, I want you to take the time, but I want you to do so actively.

Sometimes you just need to dive head first into your work.

Even when the ground is shaky.

Even when you aren’t sure what your next move should be.

Even when taking the next step feels like it might actually make you vomit.

Sometimes you just need to do something that will take your life to the next level.

Take it from Nike and Just Do It!

9. Rethink What Aligned Means To You

We often get so caught up in what aligned means to other people that we don’t think about what aligned means to us.

Maybe you are aligned, just not the cookie cutter definition of what aligned usually looks like.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t work to better yourself or work to focus your life.

It does mean that you may want to reconsider where you got your definition of aligned from.

Determine if this definition is serving or hurting you.

10. Refocus On What’s Important

It’s so easy to get out of whack with what’s actually important in your life.

Think back to your bigger picture, then look at what you are currently spending your time on.

If those don’t align, get back to the basics.

For me, this required that I scale back the promised blogs on The Happy Arkansan and my other site Amanda Cross Co. I wanted to offer both audiences the best of me, and I couldn’t do that while posting 5 times a week.

Look at your personal commitments. What fat could you trim? Likely, quite a bit of random responsibilities you have gathered over the years.

11. Support Yourself

You gotta support yourself because no one else is gonna support you like you.

This means:

  • Updating your sleeping routine
  • Eating right on a daily basis
  • Getting a bit of outside and/or exercise time in
  • Investing in your mental health

These are things I am working on the most as I try to make sure that I am more aligned and in tune with myself.

Don’t be afraid to take all aspects of yourself more seriously.

12. Get Your Space Together

It’s the perfect time for a little spring cleaning.

I have been slowly cleaning the random spaces in my life. I gotta lot to do because I am a messy person by nature.

Mess clogs up your natural alignment, though, as much as I think most creatives would hate to admit it.

Don’t be afraid to throw some stuff away so you can get back in alignment!

Conclusion

A slump (creative or otherwise) is never fun, but you don’t have to wallow in it.

I hope that today’s article helped you think of slumps differently.

You don’t have to be helpless when a slump heads in your direction!

Have you ever experienced a slump? How did you get out of it?

In Academics on
September 4, 2014

How To Deal With A Sophomore Slump

As I have gotten through college these last three years I think my first semester Sophomore year was probably the hardest one to grapple with. Soon into the semester I realized I had definitely hit my sophomore slump and I had little to no motivation to accomplish anything. I was slumped, but I got out alive and I moved well past my Sophomore year classes obviously as I am now a senior. I realize that most people won’t feel this slump seeping in for a while, but if you have been feeling this here are some tips on dealing with your Sophomore Slump.

 How To Deal With A Sophomore Slump | Are you going through the sophomore slump? I think we all do. Click through for my tips of how I got through my sophomore slump and how you can do the same. These tips will help you conquer your year and persist through your slump in no time.

Take A Deep Breath

Sophomore year can be quite stressful, especially since so much about your life is tossed in the air. You are coming up on a pivotal point of your college career where you are supposed to “have it all together” or be well on your way to knowing what you’ll be doing for the rest of your life. This decision is important, but take some pressure off yourself. It doesn’t always have to be figured out by the time you’re 20.

Plan and plan more

Start living by your planner if you have to. Make sure you know when assignments are due and when your busy weeks are. If you start to plan out your year instead of just looking at a bunch of syllabi, things will start to make more sense and be less frightening. If you are having a slump, it may just be because it feels like school work is out to get you, and at that point you just have to plan. Also having your school year planned out is just a lot less stressful because there are no curveballs in a well rounded schedule.

Have fun

Don’t have so much fun that you are neglecting your school work but you need to schedule time with friends. Maybe you just have to make studying fun and rewarding and not so sedentary or maybe you need a movie night with your friends. The great thing about studying is you can do whatever you want as long as it works. If you want to do cartwheels while you listen to lectures on your iPod, do it, as long as it’s getting you the grades you want.

Have a goal

In your Sophomore year it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture and forget why you are in college in the first place. Whatever your goal is keep that in mind. Keep a letter, a picture, or a saying close by just in case you forget. If you ever get unmotivated look to that thing and get motivated again. If you want you could even have an inspiration wall. Do whatever it takes to make sure you keep your motivation throughout the year.

Hold yourself accountable

One of the best things you can do in your sophomore year is get an accountability partner. Each week ya’ll could get together, have some fun, and tell each other your goals for the week. During the week ya’ll can keep each other accountable to take care of your goals. So maybe on Wednesday they might text you and ask if you have finished your reading for the week yet because you wanted all your reading done by Wednesday. If you choose the right partner you probably don’t want to let them down so that will hold you more accountable for getting your work done. You can do the same thing for the person you team up with.

I hope these five tips have helped you conquer or start to conquer your sophomore slump. If you have any questions about college life don’t hesitate to email me at amanda@thehappyarkansan.com so I can answer any of your questions!