How to change your mindset without losing your mind

Even though I still have a few more months left in Chicago my mind is already in Maine. I’ve been communicating with the community out there more, I’m following more Mainers on social media, and I keep a running list of all the places I want to check out once I’m there. I’m so excited to start my Maine chapter that it’s making it nearly impossible for me to enjoy my remaining time in Chicago.


I had to do something. I couldn’t let my wanderlust get the best of me and cast a shadow on the rest of my time here. I needed to be present and wait for my Maine plan to fall into place like I’ve planned. I needed to change my mindset. So I went back to some of my old, tried-and-true creative favorites:

  • Writing it out. This has always been a go-to method for me when I’m trying to work through something. Even if my journal entries start with, “I’m so frustrated. This sucks…” eventually my ramblings get me to the root of my issue.
  • Taking a walk. Thanks to this unheard-of 50-degree, December weather we’ve been having in Chicago, I’ve been able to take a lot of walks. Walking helps me clear my head, and focus solely on the physical world around me. Worries, stresses, and to-dos instantly fall away when I come across a little pocket of nature neatly tucked away in the city.
  • Painting. Sometimes I need something other than writing as a creative outlet, and that’s when I turn to painting. I’m not very good at it, but it helps all the same.
  • Talking it out. Talking it out with someone can really help you work through something whether it’s a creative block, mindset issue, or work problem. Sometimes having a friendly ear listen to you rant for a little bit can really do wonders.
  • Dancing it out. If all else fails crank the Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Joel, or whatever and dance it out! Nothing else brings me back into a “Can do!” creative mindset faster than a dance session around the apartment.


Notice how all these things are actions? Yes, sitting in front of the TV can be considered an action too, but it’s not the same. In fact, it’s probably one of the worst things you can do when struggling with a creativity or mindset issue. So if you’re feeling stuck get out there and do something about it. You’ve got this!

What do you do when you’re feeling stuck or uninspired?


  1. Harold Rhenisch

    Hi, Steph,

    thanks for stopping by. Tell me now, if you like, what’s it about Maine? To me, it’s, like, this conservative place on the far side of a foreign country on the far side of a continent, so, not a destination, but your enthusiasm means it’s more than that.

    Do tell, if you’d like to share. I love my piece of rock here in the west, so I know what bonding with a place is like.



    • Hi Harold,
      Thank YOU for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I visited Maine this past spring and fell in love with the whole state but primarily Portland. It’s an excellent mix of urban and suburban living, (something that really appeals to me since I live in downtown Chicago), it’s right off the ocean, and mountains are nearby. I also love the young, creative energy that flows through the city. There are so many writers, artists, and down-to-earth people there. And of course all the lobster. 🙂
      What do you love about your place out west?

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