A mantra is not something I chant to myself out loud every day or stick on my fridge (if that works for you that’s great) but something I created on my Pinterest board because I found it helped to see a positive image sometimes, just to remind myself that I can do this; I can create and I can allow myself to enjoy it. I found that my creative mantra board is one of my most popular for re-pins by other pinners, they’re also good if you want to start being creative but you are feeling hesitant.
I will admit I have a lot of days where I am anxious, I panic and ask myself who do I think I am trying to convince myself and other people I am an artist even though I have an art degree and I have exhibited and sold my work. I have days where I have so much to do (working 2 jobs and being a parent) and I moan I don’t have time to create so why bother. Then I have those days where I have so many ideas I write long lists of what I want to do but when I actually have a day off I struggle to do them, yeah it’s pretty exhausting being inside my head.
So this is when I look at my creative mantras board and pin some new stuff and it really helps, I need that kick up the bum sometimes because those ideas aren’t going to come to life by themselves and I allow myself to get up to my elbows (and ears) in paint. Other things that I find help kick start my creativity though giving me a mood boost are:
Going for a walk in nature, blow away the cobwebs and get some fresh air even in the rain! The city can be inspiring too as I love street art and a change of scenery but this depends on whether I want to be around people
Yoga if I can find a quiet time and place, relaxing and stretching and remembering to breathe! It’s a good reminder to take care of myself
Listening to music; I love a playlist when I’m creating, going to work, cleaning, and certain music has good memories attached. I recently discovered podcasts and Fearne Cottons’ Happy Place podcast is my current favourite (I also recommend her book Calm)
Turning social media notifications off, I only have my email, ringer and text make a sound and the rest on silent or no notification unless I log in; that way I’m less likely to be pulled away from whatever I am doing, if it’s not important it can wait!
Reading, something I am trying to do more of, art books and novels where I can switch off and become lost in another world where I am not stressed or anxious and they can also be really inspiring