Creativity can be elusive. It can be there for an hour, and feel like it’s gone the next. Boosting your creativity doesn’t have to be elusive, however, and before you know it, you’ll have a steady stream of creative ideas to go off of for your writing project, art project, or any other project that requires a big old dose of creativity.
Here are the top ways to boost your creativity for your projects today.
# 1 – Get Good Sleep
One of the best ways to boost your creativity is to get enough good quality sleep. According to Psychology Today, sleeping on a problem can help us find creative solutions to those problems. This can go for a project that may be stumping us. If we don’t get proper sleep, our brains are not able to consolidate memories well, which may lead to a lack of creative problem solving or faulty problem solving.
If you’re having trouble getting enough good quality sleep, there are techniques, herbal supplements, and medication that you can look into so you can get some of those z’s.
# 2 – Take a break
Another way to boost your creativity is by taking a break. If you are stumped, taking a break can allow your mind to work on a problem or project in the background. Sometimes something external, such as a conversation or something as simple as doing chores around the house, can trigger our minds to come up with genius solutions. Just don’t take a break for too long, or that project won’t ever get done. Boost your creativity, but don’t fall prey to perfectionism which might keep you from getting your project done.
# 4 – Take care of yourself
This kind of ties in to taking a break. Doing things like working on your personal hygiene, taking a shower, doing your nails, shaving, getting a massage – all of these things can help us relax and let our minds wander to our creative ideas. It can be easy to forget to take care of ourselves when we’re so busy trying to be creative, and we do ourselves a disservice by not allowing our minds to wander by reducing stress.
# 5 – Reduce stress and anxiety
Stress and anxiety can be such a huge roadblock in creativity and creative problem solving. If you find you are stressed or anxious, it is imperative to do things to reduce your stress and anxiety. Mindfulness, meditation, and following the previous tips can greatly help with stress and anxiety. Remember, not allowing your mind to relax will block creativity.
# 6 – Listen to good music
If you are working on any creative project, you can boost your creativity by listening to good music. Good music is any music that allows your thoughts to flow freely and allows you to have a connection with your emotions.
# 7 – Fully experience your emotions
When we deny that we have emotions, or when we misinterpret them or push them down, we do a huge disservice to our creativity. Creativity thrives on emotion. The greatest works ever created were done from a place of strong, expressive emotion. Don’t be afraid to allow your creative project to be an outlet for all those emotions that you might typically bottle up inside.
# 8 – Exercise
If you are working out your mind, don’t forget to also work out your body. Even something as simple as a brisk walk can get your heart pumping enough to energize a tired and overworked mind.
# 9 – Look at projects very similar or radically different from yours
If you are working on a piece of writing, look at other pieces to get ideas of what you want to work on. This is not the same thing as copying, but allowing your mind to be inspired by work that you admire, whether that work is very similar to yours or very different. If you are an artist, read books and try to imagine the scenes in your mind. View artwork similar to yours. If you are a writer, view art and try your best to describe a piece of artwork using only words. It can be quite an enlightening and idea-generating experience.
# 10 – Eat Good Food
Last but not least, eat good food. Not just tasty food, though that’s always fun. Eat food that is good fuel for your body and mind. If you don’t fuel your brain with the proper nutrients, it’s going to have trouble coming up with creative solutions for your projects.
# 11 – Plan
After all of these tips are followed, and you have reduced your stress, anxiety, and bad sleep and food habits, you should find that creative ideas come to you easier. You can’t forget to work on your project in the meantime of reducing your stress. That’s why it’s important to actively plan. Set aside specific hours that you will work on your creative projects, then actually sit down and work on them. The most important thing is not to be too hard on yourself. Sometimes life happens, and sometimes ideas don’t come to us as freely as we would like them to. However, don’t use it as an excuse to not make some progress toward finishing your project.
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