If you are feeling empty and like you have no creative energy left, what are some good ways to recharge? I’m going to ask some people I know who have great answers to this question to pipe up here and share them.
Blind contour drawing, walking outside by oneself, sitting quietly.
Hi Sparky, I love this! What is blind contour drawing? So cool…OK I just googled it, “Blind contour drawing is a drawing exercise, where an artist draws the contour of a subject without looking at the paper.” How does a person learn to do it?
Sitting quietly is something I don’t do enough of. Reminds me of the first episode of Transparent, Season 3. There was a great monologue about that and nature.
For blind contour drawing, just grab a pen, look at your subject (your non-dominant hand can be a good model) and draw your subject without looking down at your paper and without lifting your pen until you are done. Have fun!
I’m a big fan of single task focus, and I think multitasking inhibits our ability to give something 100% of our focus. I’ve found that doing activities that don’t play to your strengths or likes, gives you the opportunity to clear your mind and focus solely on the selected activity.
E.g. I’m not good at cooking from scratch, so I will find something that I’ve never cooked before and get the ingredients and then make it following the recipe. Thinking about the new recipe allows me to stop thinking about everything else.
That’s really good advice @thecrucialbrett. I really like that a lot. Perhaps the being a novice at something forces focus? And that, in turn, helps with the creative recharge? That brings up an excellent point about whether zoning out or zoning in is what helps recharge people? I think I’ve wondered that for a long, long time.
The biggest issue with overthinking is the snowball effect is has. By focusing on something completely new, it breaks the cycle and allows the single task focus to return. I genuinely believe that multitasking is bad for us, and that it not only has a negative impact on the quality of work we produce but also a negative mental health impact too.
Totally agree on the multitasking thing. It’s been proven to be a myth, anyway. Not that the attempt is a myth, but that it can actually be successfully accomplished, and that some people ‘can’ do it, and some people ‘can’t.’ No one can.__
Hi Meredith, What hasn’t been mentioned, directly, is meditation, though the ideas that Brett put forward, of focussing on a single task, IS meditation. It’s a mini-meditation, or action meditation. Those are my favorite, because they don’t require me to sit in a pretzel position, which isn’t going to happen. It is this simple act of focus upon something, actual reality, the moment, that is the opposite of ‘thinking.’
I just finished watching the following episode from Alan Watt’s old TV show, from back in 1959-60, where he talked about thinking, or what you call over-thinking, and the practice of meditation. I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s in 2 parts, but pretty short. Share it with everyone else, either through your blog, or where ever, if you like it.
Agreed, agreed @stevebivans and @thecrucialbrett about the multitasking! I am starting to see it simply as a form of anxiety (though my husband might say I see everything as a form of anxiety, hahahaha).
I watched this last night @stevebivans and you were right, I loved it. I definitely will be writing about it in the future.
hahahahahaha. I’m sure. If see, or think about everything at the same time, it’s definitely anxiety!
Awesome. All of Watts’s stuff is anti-anxiety. Can’t go wrong with any of it. I’ve ‘seen’ or listened to pretty much everything that they’ve put up on Youtube by Watts. I keep hoping there’s more… lol. Though he would probably tell me that “more isn’t needed,” which is of course, correct.