4 WAYS TO CHARGE YOUR CREATIVITY

4 WAYS TO CHARGE YOUR CREATIVITY

Working towards building your own business or diving into a new career comes with a wave of different emotions. Sometimes you’re highly motivated by your passion and the endless possibilities that wait for you up ahead; other times you’re overwhelmed with challenges and constant self-doubt. All the different emotions you experience are all part of the journey.

 

Woman with a knitted sweater

 

When you feel like you’re in a rut or are in need of new inspiration to fuel that business idea, job search, or passion project – use that as an opportunity to revisit creative outlets you used to love, or explore new ones.

Painting

Putting a paintbrush to paper, canvas, or an object you find around the house is an effective and low-key way to spark creativity. Painting ignites your imagination and lets you see familiar things from a different perspective or in an entirely new light. Letting your paintbrush freely move about your canvas puts your brain into exploration mode and helps you to become more innovative with your ideas.

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Writing

Whether it be in a blog post or a journal, writing can draw out your inner most thoughts and dreams. It’s been said that some people don’t truly know how they’re feeling until they see the words come out on paper. If you’ve been thinking about writing but have been hesitant because you feel you don’t know what to write about, just grab a pen and paper and start. The words will come to you, and they might even be in the form of new goals and ideas. Start by simply reflecting on things that make you happy, things that make you sad, or perhaps things about the world around you that you wish you could change.

Dancing

Moving your body is a great way to let loose. It’s helps to free up space in your mind, making room for new ideas. In addition to boosting energy, reducing stress, and minimizing the side effects of depression, dancing actually has a way of helping you make better decisions. When you find yourself faced with a number of different directions you could go in, blast your favorite high-energy music and dance it out in the privacy of your home or out on the dance floor!

 

Gardening

There’s nothing quite like getting your creative juices flowing by putting your hands in the dirt! There are a ton of different garden activities that are good for both your mental and physical health. When you’re feeling so overwhelmed you feel like throwing in the towel, imagine how good it would feel to get your hands in the soil and pull out some pesky weeds. This will help you let go of some of that frustration and allow space for solutions and new ideas. Something as simple as raking dead leaves can also give you that similar satisfaction. Think of the leaves strewn about your lawn as your problems and stresses. Raking them away leaves your lawn looking healthy, fresh, and with plenty more room to grow. That action represents you clearing your mind of things that no longer serve you, making more room for you to grow as a person, entrepreneur, or creative.

Other ways that can help you reignite your creativity are things like knitting, re-organizing a section of your home, daily exercise, trying out new recipes, and so much more.

Your creativity is what makes you unique. You need to constantly nurture it so it continues to grow, blossom, and help you achieve all the glorious things you want out of your life.

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AT A CROSSROADS: COPING WITH CREATIVE BURNOUT

AT A CROSSROADS: COPING WITH CREATIVE BURNOUT

Creative Burnout

As artists, it’s to be expected. But when it happens to you, its debilitating intensity may come as a very unwelcome surprise.

For stylists, creative burnout is especially difficult. In part, this is due to the prevailing (and infuriating!) misconception that we’re not artists. For some reason, the general public tends to think of us as on par with a mechanic, a waitress, or a cashier. All those are respectable occupations, but few in them consider their work to be an artistic expression.

Woman at a crossroads.

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CROSSROADS IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY: 3 TIPS TO FIND BALANCE WITH YOURSELF AND YOUR CAREER

CROSSROADS IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY: 3 TIPS TO FIND BALANCE WITH YOURSELF AND YOUR CAREER

The beauty industry is competitive and burnouts are frequent. It is difficult for many of us to remember to take care of ourselves amidst the glamorous chaos. Don’t let your lucrative career as a hairstylist or barber fall through the cracks! Many of us have reached a crossroads in our careers where we feel we have had to decide between ourselves or our business. When you reach this point, it’s best to talk to a professional – either a licensed therapist or another veteran beauty guru – who can help you. In the meantime, here are a few tips to keep up your self-care in tumultuous times.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN FACING A CROSSROADS IN YOUR BEAUTY PROFESSION DUE TO POTENTIAL INDUSTRY PITFALLS

WHAT TO DO WHEN FACING A CROSSROADS IN YOUR BEAUTY PROFESSION DUE TO POTENTIAL INDUSTRY PITFALLS

Every industry experiences pitfalls that are unique to that business and the beauty profession is no exception. Two of the primary pitfalls in the beauty industry is the toll it can take on your mental and physical health. If you’re experiencing a crossroads in your career primarily due to physical or mental issues it can be disheartening and even frightening. After all, you chose this profession because you have a passion for beauty and helping others look and feel their best, but now you’re feeling anything but your best.

Hairdresser styling a blonde woman’s hair into a bun.

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5 TOP ESSENTIALS FOR EVEN THE BEST IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

5 TOP ESSENTIALS FOR EVEN THE BEST IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

Be Clear, And Those Around You Will Be

While building trust with your client is a really great thing to do, and a fabulous skill to develop on your way to becoming a full-fledged beauty professional, knowing what you can do to protect yourself from some of the stress, like loose boundaries, too much information, cloudy boundaries, and demanding clients will be vital and necessary to your well being, survival and thriving career. Be clear and those around you will be as well.

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