What to do when you’re feeling unmotivated & uninspired

What to do when you’re feeling unmotivated & uninspired

Inspiration comes in waves. Some weeks I feel like I’m on a roll, ideas for content just keep coming, I feel inspired to write, I feel like people care what I have to say and I’m on a blog high. Other weeks I can’t motivate myself for the life of me.. words just won’t come out, I don’t even feel like I can pump out a good picture on Instagram, and I feel like nothing I have to say would inspire anyone to read it. It’s during these times that I start to question myself, my own worth, and why I even started blogging to begin with.

An important thing for us to be able to do is recognize when we are in these slumps, and take appropriate action. If you try to continue on as if nothing is different, you’ll find you dig yourself deeper and deeper into the black uninspired hole you’ve found yourself in. The more uninspired you feel, the more you hate on your own work, and the more you hate on your own work and abilities the more you feel like you can’t put out any content worth putting out.

Since I got back from my Christmas vacation I would be lying if I said I wasn’t feeling a little bit like this. I feel guilty and a little ashamed that all of a sudden I feel so uninspired. A new year is supposed to be the most inspirational time of the year… it’s a blank slate full of opportunity. I guess after leaving Kelowna which is such a beautiful place, I have this big fear that my content is going to go downhill. I’m afraid my photos just won’t be as pretty and I guess you could say I feel uninspired by Toronto and want to be back in all the beauty that is Kelowna, where I feel I can make endless pretty photos and be proud of what I’m creating.

In the spirit of self-healing (after all, these posts always stem from me trying to deal with my own personal issues) I’ve compiled a list of things you can do when you’re feeling unmotived & uninspired! – while these are geared towards bloggers, I hope they come in handy too for anyone regardless of the field you’re in!

 

What to do when you’re feeling unmotivated & uninspired

  1. Take a break. This one is really hard to do if you’re an anal “Type A” like me who feels like any break from the hustle only sets you back, but it really is true that there is so much value in unplugging and taking time away. Sometimes our brains just feel so clogged with all the information we receive on a daily basis that it gets hard to focus. Add to that the constant pressure we put on ourselves when we’re constantly comparing ourselves to others and it’s a breeding ground for all things negative. When you’re feeling uninspired, rather than continuing to look at all your peers’ content and feeling bad about how they’re doing so much and you feel like you’re doing nothing (or you feel like what you are putting out there sucks), step away. Take some time for yourself, unplug, do something you love, and don’t think about the hustle for a day or two. You’ll often find that something inspiring will come out of nowhere when you least expect it, and you’ll be back on track in no time and feeling much more refreshed and clear!
  2. Do something you love. Now that you have all this free time because you’re not scrolling through Instagram or staring at your feed plan tirelessly… take the time to focus on doing things you love that you haven’t been able to focus on much anymore. Whether it’s reading a good book, trying a new recipe, taking a spa day, watching movies, organizing your place… whatever it is do a hobby you love. You might be surprised to find that doing just that brings on the inspiration! Maybe you’ll love a new face mask you tried so much you’ll want to write about it… Maybe you’ll make a kick ass cookie recipe and you’ll want to share it on your blog.. Or maybe you’ll hear a topic discussed on TV that gets your gears turning and you want to discuss it. You’ll be surprised where inspiration can come from.
  3. Stop following those that make you question your own work (in a negative way). Although I strongly believe it’s important to surround yourself with people who constantly inspire you to be a better person (whether just in terms of what kind of person you are, or in terms of being a better content creator) it’s good to monitor and make sure these people leave you feeling motivated rather than deflated. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in feeling like you need to follow anyone and everyone on social. We follow people who have been doing this for 5 years more than we have and expect our work to be on the same level, and when it isn’t we beat on ourselves and our abilities. If certain accounts leave you questioning your own work in a negative way on a regular basis, unfollow them! And if there are accounts that leave you less than inspired unfollow them too. By minimizing who you follow and leaving it to only those accounts that really inspire you, you may find the ideas flow more easily!
  4. Write down your feelings. This doesn’t mean write out a blog post, although if you’re anything like me it will probably turn into one (like the time I started writing down my feelings about being an out of work actor, or the time I was trying to come to terms with the fact that I need to not be so hard on myself). Grab a notebook, open a blank word document, or take out your journal and just start writing. I’ve never really been one to keep a journal but lately I’ve found writing to be more therapeutic than anything. By writing out your thoughts you’re not only being honest about your feelings, but it gives you an opportunity to really think about why you’re feeling this way and what you can do about it. When you come to terms with the way you’re feeling and why you’re feeling that way, it’s often easy to find a solution to get out of that rut.
  5. Figure out what DOES inspire you. This means taking a step back and looking at your past work. When did you pump out the most blog posts or put out the best Instagram content? What was going on in your life then that had you feeling your most creative? After stepping back I’ve realized for me it’s always been when I’m traveling. I think the reason I feel so uninspired right now is because I loved my content while I was away, and now that I’m back it just feels like a struggle to create anything nearly as beautiful. Naturally when you feel like your content won’t be as nice as it was, you’re almost deterred from posting at all.. so it’s a negative loop that keeps you from creating!
  6. Once you’ve figured out what does inspire you the most, focus on that and be proactive! Now that you’ve had your break, taken the time to get in touch with how you feel, and figured out what really inspires you it’s time to be proactive! Now that I know what does inspire me the most (travel) it’s about figuring out how to make that happen. Of course not everyone can afford to just jet off anywhere anytime (myself included) but it comes down to figuring out the baby steps that you need to take to make it happen. In my case this means I need to plan smaller trips, and start reaching out to hotels and travel companies for sponsorship. Rather than sit on my butt upset because I have no upcoming trips planned, it’s time to be proactive and make them happen so I can start posting content that inspires me again!
  7. No matter what, don’t give up. Even if you’re still not feeling inspired by this point, don’t give up. Take a longer break, read blogs that inspire you, focus on your hobbies, write, and don’t ever feel pressured to create before you’re ready. Eventually something will give and you’ll be back on the creating train but until then focus on you and focus on fostering healthy + positive feelings about your journey.

 

I hope this post was useful to anyone who may be feeling in a bit of a creating slump, it happens to the best of us <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated and uninspired?

 

Wearing:

Coat – c/o – Chicwish // Jeans – Topshop // Boots – Ralph Lauren // Purse – Aldo (old)

 

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18 Comments

  1. January 10, 2018 / 3:32 am

    I wonder if this a common thing with creatives round about Christmas time? I also took a break and didn’t feel inspired for weeks until a great idea came to me by itself. Sometimes we just need to let if flow and not push anything. Hope you’re feeling better hun!

    Tatyana x
    LAFOTKA

    • kirsten.wendlandt@gmail.com
      January 10, 2018 / 11:35 am

      Tatyana you just might be right! Here’s hoping we all get back into the swing of things soon <3

  2. January 10, 2018 / 10:30 am

    Awe this was such a great post boo!! You know I’ve been feeling super uninspired lately, so I’m definitely going to take a page from your book. Looking forward to catching up this weekend!!

    xo,

    H

    http://firsttimethings.com/

    • kirsten.wendlandt@gmail.com
      January 10, 2018 / 11:34 am

      I can’t wait to catch up this weekend! Let’s spend some time creating content together that inspires us <3

  3. January 10, 2018 / 11:53 am

    These are all great tips! I like the idea of doing something you love. I get inspired by movie musicals. Last year it was La La Land and this year it was The Greatest Showman. I was so inspired to dance, act and sing again. To audition and do covers. I totally agree with that piece of advice!! Taking a break also renews and recharges you!

    • kirsten.wendlandt@gmail.com
      January 10, 2018 / 2:26 pm

      Jen! I love that you’re into movie musicals. So am I!! I loved La La Land and Moulin Rouge is my favourite movie of all time. I’m definitely going to have to go see the Greatest Showman, I know I’m going to love it too!

  4. Aimara
    January 10, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    I totally needed to read this post today! I love your blog and the content you create and this has been thus far my favorite article… maybe because I needed it so much!
    I think we all feel uninspired sometimes, and I think it’s super important to know how to overcome it and know our wayback to our creative ways!
    Thank you so much for sharing this! SUPER HELPFUL!
    XO
    Aimara
    http://www.waysofstyle.com

    • kirsten.wendlandt@gmail.com
      January 10, 2018 / 2:30 pm

      Awh thank you so much for reading Aimara. I’m so glad this post spoke to you! I love your content too… and no matter how great our stuff is we all fall into those periods where we just draw blanks creatively. I hope this helps you find some inspiration <3

  5. January 10, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    I loved hearing these words! It’s so true and I appreciate all your tips. I get into many moods like this so this will help me look at things in a new light! Cheers!

  6. Meg
    January 11, 2018 / 9:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing! These are such great tips. Especially the one to stop following those that make you feel less than great. The jealousy of social media is so real.

    http://www.meghanlaurie.com

    • kirsten.wendlandt@gmail.com
      January 11, 2018 / 10:09 pm

      Totally agree Meghan, and if it’s not fostering positive feelings cut it loose!

  7. Simonetta Lein
    January 12, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    I feel this post so much. I am still in the Christmas spirit and I know in a little bit it will be gone-I feel same way like some new energy has to grow. Thanknu for the inspiration

  8. January 12, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    Hey Kirsten you seem so happy, its nice to see 🙂

  9. Valeria
    January 15, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    Hello gorgeous, your words inspire me. It’s not the first time I read your blog and I can totally relate. I started off the new year feeling uninspired and inadequate. I’m basically following your advice but it’s hard not to give up. Thank you for being so real! Love, Valeria

  10. January 16, 2018 / 7:49 am

    Totally feel you on being uninspired in Toronto! I find the city so ugly at this time of year. Add to that the incredibly cold temperatures as of late and the fact that there’s no daylight outside of my regular work hours and you’ve got one deflated blogger! Thanks for the real talk, Kirsten.

    And while the Kelowna pictures are stunning, I know you’ll be able to whip this city into photographic shape real soon. 😉

    • kirsten.wendlandt@gmail.com
      January 16, 2018 / 10:07 am

      Awh thanks Elizabeth! That’s literally exactly how I’m feeling!!! We need to make an effort to go out and seek those pretty places (because Toronto does have them!) while it’s icky out so we can continue to feel inspired by the city rather than deflated.

  11. January 19, 2018 / 4:26 am

    Hey my darling… every one of us has been there…. no motivation…. no aim…. just loosing track of time and simply just existing with no reason…. but hands down… ur post is virtual gold… so many people could gain from it. Best Tips ever …. honestly. Thank you for that

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