The Creative Life

Permission to just be / resting your brain

Permission to just be / tips from the creative life via

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Ok. So the topic I wanted to talk about today is that not everything has to have an agenda or purpose.

It’s difficult when the creative life gets so busy to just switch off. Am I right? These past couple of weeks I’ve been pretty flat out chasing my tail as I endeavour to keep up with my day job, my vocation as wife + mother, working on awesome new projects into the night and coping with a growing bump, that – amongst all the joy of the journey – brings moments of frustration, too, as I adjust to the change of having to accept that I just can’t go at life at the speed I did pre-pregnancy.

So, every other day after my daughter is in bed and when the time comes to crash on the couch, reach for some chocolate and have a break, I enjoy scrolling through Pinterest, amongst other quiet evening activities.

If you’re like me, these are the times when everything seems to inspire me all at once. Probably because I’m in a relaxed mood and therefore more likely to take in visual information with ease.

The one thing I struggle with, though, is to turn off that part in my brain that wants to convert every piece of inspiration into an idea for a post, project or otherwise! I believe that enjoying inspiration for it’s own sake in that moment is an exercise in relaxation, and you gotta just give yourself permission to be in that moment, enjoy the mood and tell your brain strictly ‘hands off’!

Another way to try and describe what I mean, is how someone might really enjoy reading blogs so much that they decide to start their own. And before they know it, they are too busy blogging that they don’t have time to enjoy reading blogs anymore. A kinda ironic situation, right? Don’t forget the reasons you are creating the things you are, and take time out to return to the reasons you started in the first place.

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So. I make certain I take time out to just scroll Pinterest, read blogs, visit other favourite websites just to be. Your brain is a strong but fragile organ that needs a break just as if you go to the gym and work out your other muscles and then rest and rejuvenate, same goes with your brain.

If you’re like me and have difficulty switching off, my advice is to just keep persevering. Schedule in that time as an appointment with yourself if you need to, just make it happen.

An important tip: the first few times you might find it so hard to switch off that you spend the entire time getting distracted and stressing about everything you’ve got going on, and you literally can’t relax. But take heart, practise makes perfect and I promise it will get easier to switch off the more you try. You owe it to yourself, so make it work for your own sake/sanity, alright?

Bonus tip: Listening to slow-tempo music may help. I love world fusion or lounge/chill music for this. If you don’t feel like listening to music, still put on some block-out headphones and enjoy the silence – it’s not so silly – try it!

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