If, like me, you regularly find yourself in a deep internet hole researching your latest obsession then this one is for you. Similarly, if your job requires you to be creative or you just want to tap into that side of your brain, keep reading. Chances are, there are a whole host of distractions online that are preventing you from doing just that. Being creative.
The rush of social media can obscure our vision
Have you ever considered the speed at which you’re scrolling? Without you realising, your brain is digesting so much information. At speed. On Instagram there’s picture after picture after picture of people all around the world in filtered and edited images. The image you are seeing has been selected out of (probably) about 50 others that didn’t make the cut. It’s too much in one go.
Stop. Calm down. Stop mindlessly scrolling. The volume and speed at which we are consuming is not healthy and can hinder our creativity.
Remember your dreams & what you believe in
Do you ever think you’re admiring something or someone online but then come to realise what you’re really doing is becoming resentful and a little envious? This was me. My sweet spot was those who travelled the world and worked remotely. I thought it was great but actually it started to distort my reality a little. Staying true to yourself and not being influenced is key to maintaining your creativity. Write down a list of 5 online things that you will not consume for 1 week and see after 7 days how much your creativity comes to the surface again.
When admiration becomes obsession it turns toxic
I love to look back over my old Instagram posts and read my captions. I post without regret – a conscious decision that I made when I decided to share my struggles with post natal depression while back. Now that my jokes, sarcasm and more light hearted content isn’t filtered or sent through gritted teeth and anxious stomachs, I can chill and laugh. It’s amazing what can happen to creativity when you stop taking yourself so seriously.
What we want and why?
Are you in danger of becoming like the rest of them (darling)? They say imitation is the best form of flattery but in my eyes, imitation is a lack of creative juices. I took a 10 day digital detox a couple of years ago and looking back, I produced some of my best content afterwards. I had no online distractions, I wanted clarity and I wanted a break. Writing down 5 things that you want and why is key to keeping your vision in mind and working to get there.
Today my obsession was Damon Albarn from Blur. What started as an accidental play on Spotify while driving Mia to childcare developed in to a Wikipedia read. From there I ended up Googling his entire dating history. I ended up on an interview with Justine Frischmann (his ex, if you were wondering), on NME talking about their split and Heroin use. Needless to say, this is an example of what used to be, one of my daily habits. Getting distracted and polluting my reality when all I need to do is sit down and be creative. I’ve reigned it in so much now but do occasionally allow myself to indulge…
Outfit – Topshop (last season)
Words & Styling by Lauren Silvester, Photography by Zoe Griffin
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