10 Ways to Find Inspiration When You’re Going Through a Rough Time

Creativity is a fickle beast. Sometimes, it comes to you easily, and other times, it runs in the opposite direction screaming for help. If you’re going through a rough time, that creative voice inside you might be silent for a while. Creativity can take many different forms, from singing and dancing to drawing and writing. In essence, creativity is expressing yourself in some way. When we go through hard times, this part of us shuts down. We don’t want to create anything because we feel like we have nothing left to give. But the truth is that we are all artists, even if our medium isn’t painting or sculpting but simply being ourselves as best we can under challenging circumstances. Creative people do not follow rules or accept standards; they break them and set new ones with their artistry as a catalyst for change. Here are 10 ways to find inspiration when you’re going through a rough time:

Go for a walk or run. Find a favorite form of exercise

If you’re not in the habit of exercising regularly, now might not be the best time to start. You want to be careful not to overdo it, especially if you’re feeling stressed out and tense. But if you already have a regular exercise routine and it got derailed when life got busy, now is the time to get back on track. Regular exercise helps reduce stress and anxiety, and it’s a great way to blow off steam and find inspiration again. Exercising might even inspire you to write a poem, song, or story. If you’re not sure what to write about, focus on the feelings you’re experiencing during your workout. The intense physical sensations will help you get in touch with your emotions and release pent-up feelings you might not even have been aware of having.

Write down your feelings

Don’t hold back when you’re writing; let your emotions flow onto the page. If you’re feeling sad, write down exactly how you feel. If you’re feeling angry, write down what exactly you’re angry about. Not only will this give you insight into how you’re feeling, but it will also help you get those feelings out of your system. Writing is a form of self-expression. Every word, sentence, and paragraph you write is a part of you, and when you write, you are discovering things about yourself that you might not otherwise realize. You can write about anything, from your childhood memories to your hopes and dreams for the future.

Read something that makes you feel good

When you’re going through a difficult time, you want to spend your time wisely. You want to spend it on things that will make you feel good. There are times when you need to be alone and reflect on your life and other times when you want to be around other people who make you feel good. When you’re feeling down, reading is a good way to spend your time. Not only will it help you pass the time, but it will also give you something good to think about. Choose something that makes you feel good; it can be anything. It doesn’t have to be a self-help book. It can be any book that resonates with you and makes you feel good.

Doodle or do something else that’s creative and fun

You might not feel like writing or reading when you’re going through a hard time. You might not feel like doing anything except lying in bed and crying. If that’s the case, don’t force yourself to do something you don’t want to do. But if you’re just not in a creative mood, try finding an activity that is creative but doesn’t require too much thought. You can doodle, paint with watercolors, or even do a coloring book (aim for the easier ones with fewer words and lots of pictures). Drawing, painting, and coloring help you relax and can be very therapeutic.

Watch a funny movie or TV show

Laughter is good for your health. It lowers blood pressure, increases the level of endorphins in your body, and helps you see the world in a brighter light. If your life is stressful and you’re going through a hard time, watch a funny movie or TV show. It will take your mind off things and help you relax. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a ticket to a comedy club or a new DVD. You can find funny videos on YouTube, TV shows on Hulu or Netflix, and movies on Amazon Prime. Or simply search for funny videos on your phone.

Talk to someone you trust who understands you

When you’re going through a rough time, it’s important to have people in your life who get you. You want friends and family members who understand your situation, who support you and make you feel good, and who have your best interests at heart. If you don’t have a support system in your life, you can find one online. Find forums or online groups where people are talking about the same things you’re going through. Join social media groups where you can connect with people who understand what you’re going through.

Meditate (even if it’s only for 5 minutes)

When you’re going through a hard time, your thoughts can be very negative. You might find yourself stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts (e.g., “My life is falling apart and there’s nothing I can do about it!”). Although negative thoughts are normal when you’re going through a difficult time, they have the potential to become overwhelming if you let them. Meditation is one way to stop negative thoughts in their tracks. You can sit quietly and focus on your breathing or you can focus on positive thoughts and words and visualize positive outcomes. There are apps you can download to guide you through meditation. If you’re new to meditation and feel awkward about doing it in public, start by doing it in the privacy of your own home.

Create art and don’t judge yourself while doing it

When you’re feeling down and uninspired, it’s easy to judge yourself for not creating anything. Don’t do that. Instead, find ways to create even if you don’t feel like it. If you’re a painter, grab a brush and start painting even if it’s not your best work. If you’re a dancer, put on some music and start dancing even if you don’t feel like it. If you’re a writer, grab a pencil and start writing even if it’s not your best work. Even if you don’t feel like creating, the mere act of doing it can help you feel better. When you create something, you feel like you’ve achieved something. Not only does it make you feel proud of yourself, but it also gives you a sense of purpose. You feel like you’ve accomplished something, and you’re that much closer to your goals.

Find a purpose and commit to making the world better

Art is not about self-indulgence. It is about communication and collaboration. You can find your way to express yourself and find inspiration by doing something that makes the world better. No matter what you do, you can find a way to make the world a better place through your art. Find a cause you care about and commit to making the world better through your art. If you’re a singer, commit to singing for charities and fundraisers. If you’re a dancer, commit to teaching kids dance or putting on workshops for teens who have special needs. If you’re a painter, commit to painting murals that inspire and bring joy to people’s lives.


In summary, when you’re going through a rough time, find ways to be creative. Whether it’s doing something artistic, like painting or writing a poem, or doing something that isn’t artistic, like taking a walk or volunteering at a local nonprofit. Finding ways to be creative will help you feel better and find inspiration again. Creativity is an essential part of being human; it is what makes us different from animals. It is through creativity that you will find a pathway out of the negativity you find all around you. It will bring the best out of you and allow you to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It will provide the space needed to recalibrate your present circumstances and create positive change out of hard times or difficult moments in your life.

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