How to Find Inspiration in your Studies and Work

Sometimes nothing works out and there is no desire to study and work. As a rule, during such periods, you need to finish your term paper, dissertation, or essay. How to avoid it, where to find inspiration? What causes the problems?

What causes problems

Stress and constant, active mental activity without proper rest often lead students to overwork. The body in such a case triggers defense mechanisms in the form of weakness, fatigue, and unwillingness to any work. And sometimes it is better to listen to the signals of the body, take care of yourself and try to rest.

There is also such a phenomenon as emotional burnout; it can happen even at your favorite job. For some time you worked with passion, at your maximum, at the limit of your abilities. You were writing your coursework easily, you were preparing for classes with pleasure. And then, suddenly, everything stopped.

There are no ideas, thoughts, moods, or desires. In this case, you need to give yourself a little vacation and do something completely different. Go to an exhibition, to the theater, watch a feature film or read an interesting book. Give your brain something new and interesting. 

Am I lazy?

To begin with, you need to understand if you are overworked and burned out, or if it is just laziness. If it’s the latter, you just need to make an effort and start working. You will gradually get involved, and it will not be so scary to complete the rest.

You need to make a clear plan of work and daily routine in the future, try to stick to it. Write in a couple of hours for laziness, so you do not have to sacrifice your studies or work.

But what if it’s more serious?

Overwork and burnout are treated similarly. You need rest and a radical change of activity. Take a full day and have a nap, watch a TV series, go for a walk in the park, go to a club. Do something that you have dreamed about for a long time, but postponed due to being busy.

The main thing is not to scroll in your head a list of things to write down and execute.

If you ignore the need for rest, you get problems in the form of:

  • insomnia;
  • neurosis;
  • apathy;
  • decreased or increased appetite;
  • decreased immunity.

Allow your brain to reload, and it will start working in a new way.

Awaken your brain

Do crossword puzzles and Sudoku, try doing everything with your other hand. Go to university and home in different ways, rearrange your room. 

You can change your hairstyle or even the color of your hair. Try doing things with your eyes closed, like brushing your teeth. Make your brain work in an unfamiliar mode: this will cheer it up and activate it.

Support yourself with nutrition

Include more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and oily fish in your diet. Try to compensate for the lack of vitamins with food, not with medicines. Food will not harm your body as much as dietary supplements. Treat yourself to your favorite foods, sweets: it’s great to raise your spirits.

Engage in sports

Jogging, swimming, walking, or skating will make the blood circulate faster and oxygenate the brain more actively. A change of scenery would also be beneficial.

Health Check

Drowsiness, fatigue, and dizziness are signs of hidden anemia or low ferritin in the blood. If you have already tried all kinds of rest, and the above symptoms do not disappear, go to the doctor. Once ferritin comes back to normal, your well-being will normalize. But do not try to self-medicate, and especially do not take medicines as a preventive measure. All medications should be prescribed by a doctor.

Thoughts still do not come

What should I do if I’ve done all of the above, but the thoughts still don’t come? Deadlines are tight, and your head is empty. Calm down: open your browser, look for works similar to yours.

Anything that seems interesting, write it down, reread it, and stop there. Think about the project while you’re doing chores, running in the park, etc. You need all this to feed your thinking. After all, good ideas come from nothing.

Write as you can

Just write down, piece by piece, all the bright ideas that come to mind. And don’t think you’re writing nonsense, or it’s all wrong. Take notes, sketch, draw diagrams and charts. Inspiration comes as you work.

Don’t try to do everything perfectly

If the idea does not go, do not even begin to collect and structure the material. If you don’t succeed, you’ll get even more frustrated and lose your enthusiasm. Just write, find something interesting, read on the subject. When the mood arises, put it in the proper form.

Set a timer

For example, do the work of writing a term project for 10 minutes 4-5 times a day. Wherever you are: in a cafe, a guest, on the bus. You can make notes right on your phone. This way, you will accumulate enough material, and in the end – the whole work.

Ask for advice

If it’s hard to grasp a thought, talk to your teacher. Share with him your problems, explain that you need to be guided, show him what side to consider the problem. He definitely won’t say no. And during the conversation, you may get different ideas.