There are times when the ideas just won’t come. I’m stuck on a lyric, or I can’t find my way into the skin of a character, or my audition prep feels uninspired. A lot of artists have different activities that help them through these blocks, and it’s super important to identify the ones that help you.
I was reminded, recently, of one of my favorite inspirational activities. Now that Spring is here in Los Angeles, I’ve started running again.
Who am I kidding, it’s always great weather here, so what’s my excuse? The fact is, between my different odd jobs of teaching, playing piano, and auditioning around town, I found myself stuck in my car a lot, sitting in traffic. Not the most inspirational of milieus.
But with the weather warming and the sun shining during longer days, I’ve been drawn outside and my creativity has been all the better for it. The act of running literally “jogs loose” my ideas. It’s been a while since I’ve felt this stimulated to create.
Tony Robbins talks about how in order to change your mental state, you have to change your physical state. Sometimes it’s as easy as making the water super cold for a few seconds in the shower. Vigorous exercise is another great option. Something that will shock your body into a new state of being.
I particularly enjoy running outside because it allows me to be in nature. Nature has an interesting way of being both fulfilling, but also not distracting. So my thoughts can wander freely.
It’s easy to get ground down by the everyday routine of life. But this can create ruts in your brain and your creative process. It’s important to change your physical state now and then to get out of your mental ruts. Get the heart pumping, get the blood flowing, and unleash your creative potential.
I’m curious – what do you do when you’re feeling stuck?