What should you do when your mind feels blank or bound up and clogged by thoughts? Write. Write and don’t worry about what you’re writing. No need to judge what comes out, worry about grammar or spellcheck as you’re doing it.
Turn off all filters and censors. Simply put down onto paper whatever it is that pops up in your mind. Your mind is always on no matter what. The times when I feel empty and stifled creatively is usually when I have the most on my mind. It’s lines and lines of code bouncing around in my head, sucking the life out of my ability to create.
With each word you write, a little more space and order is created inside your head. Things that were frustrating and tying up your thoughts start to resolve themselves or fade away. It’s spring cleaning for your psyche. The more you purge the better you feel.
Getting ideas out of my head and into words causes mental and physical stress to die off. The knots in my neck and back relax to a much more tolerable state. It’s amazing what writing can do.
The harder it is to write, the more clutter you have in your head. There is so much amazing content floating inside of you that you should never run out of material.
Before you know it, you may have written 500-1000 words without being aware of what you wrote. It may not be your best material, or even good, but that’s not the point of the exercise. It’s about freeing your thoughts and creating peace inside of you.
When I’m feeling the most stressed is when I have the the most difficulty writing. My inner judge is telling me I have to create something amazing and worthy of sharing. That pressure is usually too much for me, so I avoid writing all together. That become a vicious cycle. Every day I skip writing something, the more mind is cluttered and the my creativity is diminished.
When I’m able to write, free from censorship, the deeper the peace I feel in my life. Writing allows me to strip away layers and bleed out toxic thoughts and feelings. Put your thoughts on paper and read what you wrote. It may not be a publishable work, but it may be exactly what you need to spark creativity and quiet your mind.