Are you stuck in a creative rut? If you can’t seem to find your creativity, it might be time to try some new tactics to get it to emerge.
These 6 techniques will help you open your creative mind and get out of your creative funk.
Meditation has a huge list of health benefits, from stress reduction to improved sleep, better focus, heightened immunity, lower blood pressure, and dozens of other effects. But did you know it can also help you unleash your creative mind? Through meditation, you will become more focused and disciplined. Your mind will be stronger. You will be able to push away the distracting thoughts that used to limit your creativity. Also, one you are in a creative “flow,” you’ll be able to stay in that state for a longer period of time than before you started meditating. With its impressive collection of benefits, there is really no reason not to meditate.
2. Surround Yourself with Inspiration
This one might be obvious, but it’s also very important. If you are never exposed to great art, it’s unlikely you’ll ever create any. The same goes for any other creative venture. You need to expose yourself to creativity as often as possible. Go to museums, walk among a garden, take in a ballet, or read a great book. Find mentors in your field and learn as much as you can from them. Soak up all the inspiration you can find.
3. Eat Blueberries
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and can help improve your brain function. They might just boost your brain enough to bring out your creative mind. Besides that, they’re delicious and offer many other health benefits! As a way to practice your creativity, see how many brain-boosting blueberry recipes you can come up with, and then start cooking!
4. Limit Amusement
If you are constantly entertaining yourself with TV, movies, reading magazines, or doing other somewhat mindless but amusing activities, you will severely limit your creative mind. Creativity sparks when your brain is able to engage with the world around you. When it’s monopolized by something, it can’t engage. Limit these activities. Instead of amusing yourself, spend some time focusing on the things that make you curious or that inspire you. Take a walk. Read a book you’ve wanted to start for a while. Just don’t seek out amusement all the time.
If you ask the most powerful people in the world where they get their inspiration and their drive, most of them will give some of the credit to exercise. CEOs frequently wake up before 6 a.m. to get in a morning workout. Exercise boosts your overall health and improves your brain function. It helps you develop self-discipline, which can help bring about creativity. Also, when you are exercising, it’s very difficult to do anything else. Your brain has a chance to imagine and wander. You might land on your best creative bursts when out on a run.
6. Cross Creative Barriers
Creativity is all linked. As you improve your writing skills, you will also improve your artistic abilities. If you improve your dance technique, you will increase your song-writing skills. Use your existing creativity to try something new. Take the skills you have in one artistic arena and carry them to other parts of your life.
Were you able to find a technique that you think would help you break through your creative wall? Start out by adopting one or two of these tactics. If they don’t help you destroy the creative block, try some others. You can do this!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kenneth Waldman is a passionate Freelance Writer. The areas of his interest include the latest education trends and technologies, social media, self-improvement.