If you’ve been dealing with a little post holiday creative slump, then this read my friend is for you! Sharing several ideas how to get out of it, and no, yelling in a pillow isn’t one of them haha.
The holiday season is done and the bitch took all the cheer, and the excitement, and not to mention Christmas songs along with her! And my money haha. Wasn’t much, but still… Nooot the topic for today! Anyways, the enormous amount of snow in my hometown is the only thing worth getting out of bed for haha (and it’s slowly starting to melt, send help!!!). All jokes aside tho (well not all, I mean, c’mon), this post holiday season can, at times at least, feel a little blah.
It’s like we were all excitingly prepping and waiting for this grand thing to happen, all covered up in glitter and wrapped in lights, lip-syncing “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”, sipping drinks and shit, and btw what tf was the thing we were waiting for, it all happened so faast.. haha. Again with the jokes! It all happened, it’s gone, and it seems a little like there’s nothing fun to be looking forward to. Is it just me?
I mean, it’s not the lack of I don’t know, goals, plans, and it definitely isn’t plain laziness, it all simply is a stupid little post holiday blah feels. So, what to do with it & how to beat the crap out of it right now?
Seriously, I’m asking you haha. Cause I fucking have no earthly idea how to get over this stupid slump. Okay, I’m gonna make a list rn with some things that I think might help (and man I hope I think of at least 3, cause if not, well this post’s gonna suck a little for starters haha). And then I invite you to juggle up some ideas in comments, c’mon girl, we can beat this post holiday crap together!
Also, I’ve already written about beating creative burnout earlier here, and while this is like the Holiday edition right, some tips from that post may apply in the post holiday as well. So, if this isn’t right for you, try something from there, you might find what you’re looking for.
Getting Over the Post Holiday Creative Slump.
1. Try to Get Excited about the post holiday season a.k.a. the NEW FRIGGING YEAR!
Okay I admit, I’s trying to break the ice with No.1 OMG so many jokes haha. But, also, yes. I may be onto something here, bear with me… So, amidst all the holiday insanity, I actually started making a 2019 strategy for Arty’s Getaway (wow that sounds so serious haha) and I went deep man! For real. I didn’t entirely finished it tho, because I was juggling too many things at the same time, but I have all the raw data I need. But, actually starting that totally elevated my mood! Okay, all right, see I’m onto something! So, try to get excited about the new year (again!) I mean, it’s a brand new start, a clean slate!
Try to remember all those resolutions you made, even if just as a boozy joke. Maybe you’ll find some that are actually good and turn them into 2019 goals! Or, write down new ones. Write down 3 personal and 3 career-wise goals (you can obviously write as much as you’d like, or none for that matter). Then, work on mapping out all the next steps you’ll need to take throughout the year, to finally visualize celebrating achieving them by this time next year! Start making exciting plans for the future (year)!
All right! See. Making the strategy made me feel so so excited! I was starring at the whole, entire freaking new year with all the possibilities, it was like anything can fucking happen! So, I’m gonna organize all the “data” I’ve written as notes, thoughts, questons and shit, and I’m gonna finish that strategy! I truly am a little excited tbh!
2. Sure Win Projects.
When I’m feeling overwhelmed, or uninspired, having a sure win sure helps put me in a better mood. For example, I’ll find some DIY project that’s gonna let me be creative and all, but there’s little to no chance of me screwing it up haha. I don’t need a project that I’m gonna need to take tries with it in order to Maybe create something worth keeping or gifting at the end. I’m a fragile soul rn and the slightest of inconveniences might break me haha
So, to get your creative juices all flowing back to normal post holiday, try some real easy DIY projects (don’t worry, I’ll list some below), that will allow you to express yourself a little, with an end result that’s not gonna be disappointing (like that happy ending massage was when everyone threw confetti around haha)
– Organize your office space, kitchen or just about anything with this Coffee Cans turned Holders DIY.
– Sugar Scrub DIY (mixing this up will perhaps not make you feel especially creative or anything, but it will make you feel so fresh and so clean, not to mention the softness of your skin after the scrub, so…)
– Clay Pushpins DIY
– Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows DIY Pincushion
– Level up your coffee/tea mugs game with this DIY Hand-Painted Mugs
3. Make a Change in the Space You Spent the Most Time in.
I recently took down my mood board in my office. After around me starring at the same photos and prints and shit for 6 months, it just wasn’t so inspiring anymore. And this was actually one of the first steps I took to get out of the slump, before even writing this post, and I just now realized that haha. I guess it wasn’t enough, but I’m up for the challenge, anything that will get me out of this weird, uninspired shitty mood ughh.
Anyways, what I was saying is I took it all down, and made a living wall out of paper with a little help from my friend #cricutexploreair2 I left a little blank space to fill with photos for inspiration (you also might seen it here in the email fun post from last week). (if you’re following me on Instagram, then you might caught this on my stories). After a fun day of crafting with #cricut + #that70sshow it was up! This is not the first paper living wall I’ve shared here, for those new(er) here. The first one I made was this one where you’ll find more instructions as to making one yourself.
So, change your environment a little. Add something new, even if it’s small, like a tiny succulent on your desk or something, it may sparkle some creative fires. I mean I’m still in a slump after changing my mood board to a faux living wall, but I sure feel more excited to sit on my desk now than I was before, so… It’s a step. Also, office DIY ideas (organization, storage, style) – if you have any, do
tell in comments. I feel like I’m always on the hunt for diy organization ideas, hm?
4. If you were thrown out of your (personal) everyday routines during the holidays, try coming back to them, one day at a time.
We are all creatures of (some) habits. Small, big, good, bad, accidental or on purpose. We all have these things that we do everyday, and that in many ways shape our lives. Drinking coffee first thing in the morning, going for a walk around the neighborhood, watching the news, meditating, smoking, right, and much much more, of course. And we are so hung on these, that if we don’t do them in the time & amount we need, it well it fucking shows!
And the holiday season, while sure is the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also the most hectic of seasons and our little habits have nothing on the bitch, right haha? But, I mean really, it’s the busiest, most stressful, and chaotic, and it interrupts normal-day activities like it’s nothing. For example, I like starting my days quietly drinking my coffee and writing in my journal (not exactly a journal, but I don’t want to get into that rn, I’m saving it for its own time and place, hopefully soon). I don’t like making plans with anyone before I’ve had my me-time first thing in the morning. I don’t like texting, checking emails, nothing!
During the holidays, of course, duh, it all got a little shook, right? I’ve been skipping writing in the mornings cause there was no time for that, I’ve been going to bed a little later than usual, been diying just a little bit, and I think it’s directly connected to this annoying post holiday slump I’m dealing with rn. So, I’m trying to re-embrace the routines I worked hard on creating cause I knew that they were good for me. And they really were, I have results and shit.
So, this may easily be the root of your post holiday slump too, and if it is, try doing what I’m doing. Start doing again what you did everyday before the holidays. Start today and start with something easier, encourage yourself with an easier win, and then add on to that everyday.
5. Remind yourself that slumps come and slumps go.
Life isn’t always the same. No days are exactly the same, and in the “who’s hustling more” era (which I’m not saying that it’s bad at all!), it’s easy to forget that everyone actually deals with this every once in a while. Some less, some more, but everyone feels blah sometimes. I’m usually my worst enemy when this thing happens, I go dark and start treating myself like I’ve never done anything good or worth, or whatever. And I mean I’ve been in slumps sometimes, and I’ve come out of them, and yet, when a new one hits, post holiday or not, the first one I blame is myself. I guess I’m used to being my own worst enemy and putting myself even more down than I already am. It’s so weird and stupid tbh haha.
Can you relate to this? Okay, okay, I did blame myself this time a little too, but I didn’t go not nearly as dark as I used to haha. Instead, here I am, reminding myself that I’m only a human, and that like all humans do, I too will have good days and not so good days. I also have this poster to remind me that I’m doing my best, even tho my best today, in a post holiday slump, and tomorrow, after I’ve applied all of the written have and have risen tf out of this slump haha, simply isn’t the same. But it’s my best. Bot days are. I’ve written already about this actually, and I’m going to write again I’m sure, so definitely try this one. Maybe I should’ve start with this one…
6. Introverts – Isolate & Treat Yourself.
If you’re an introvert like me, then meeting with people, hanging out and shit is exhausting. Even when it’s like 3 times a week. And during the holiday season it’s not 3 times a week, but more like 3 times a day haha. Okay, I may be exaggerating a little, but the holiday season is all about spending time with family, friends, going out, interacting with people, and it can be a little overwhelming. It’s not that I don’t love my friends and family or anything. I love them with all my heart! I also hung out with some people this season that are not exactly my closest ones, but I still like them and/or care deeply about them and shit. And I had amazing times these past few weeks with them all!
But, as much as it’s all fun and loving, it’s still overwhelming, at least for me. I need my calm, I need my quiet, I wanna talk to myself and my dog in peace damnit haha. And I feel like the fact that I’ve kinda got a little disconnected from myself during the holidays, may also be causing this uninspired post holiday crap. So, what I’m gonna do is have a day without talking to anyone, not seeing anyone, just me & my thoughts (you best be good little fuckers or I’m gonna lose it, this is totally not addressed to you, but my thoughts). I’m gonna do whatever the fuck I want without being interrupted of having to deal with the outside world for just one fucking day. Man that feels like the greatest way to spend a day, wouldn’t you agree?
Anyways, I’ve rambled into oblivion again, haven’t I? Well, oopsies! I hope this will help you at least making a step towards leaving the post holiday slump behind you with the holiday right? And also, please by all means, if you have any tips yourself, do tell do tell! I can sure use some!