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10 ways to enhance your creativity: how to stay creative

Updated on November 12, 2011
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Journal

Journal about things that inspire you. Writing things down help you remember those spontaneous creative thoughts. I believe innovation begins in the journal. Write down your dreams. Dreams are wells of creativity. Dreams take you places your mind normally wouldn’t go. This is great way to generate ideas. what sparks your imagination? What are you passionate about? These are good questions to ask yourself.

Go for a walk

Getting outdoors stimulates creativity, simply being around nature can give you good ideas. Much of modern day medicines, inventions, music, and artwork have been inspired by nature. Many report that walking clears the mind. Studies show that walking improves your overall mood. Not only is it good for physical health, but it also relieves depression and anxiety. A happy brain is a creative brain.

De-stress

Stress stifles creativity. If creativity is a river, stress is a dam that will block it. Stress can severely limit the mind’s creative potential. People under severe stress report being unable to think clearly. Some good ways to de-stress are: taking a nap, spending time with loved ones, reading, playing with a pet, or listening to calming music. Any activity you find relaxing can help win the battle against stress.

Be yourself

When creating anything from music to art, it is important to stay true to yourself. don’t try to be something your not. There is only one you. No one else can replicate your creations. I’ve seen so many artists, who struggle with self-rejection. In their eyes, their work is never good enough. It’s better to create unique art that displays who you are, than to create cloned artwork.

Get out the crayons

You don’t have to use crayons, but drawing or doodling is pretty fun. Don’t worry if you can’t draw, just have fun. This is a great way to express yourself. Many great ideas started off as a simple drawing. Visualizing something is a important step in the creative process. I love dry erase boards. They are great for making lists, writing poems, collaborating with others, and remembering things.

Learn to play a musical instrument

If you don’t play an instrument already, you might want to learn how to play one. Music is one of the greatest forms of self-expression. Learning to play any instrument is a great mental exercise. It improves your brain’s problem solving ability. I believe it enhances overall creativity.

Hang out with creative people

Spending time with other creative people is a great way to get feedback. I love joining up with my artist buddies. it’s a great atmosphere of spontaneity. I love bouncing my ideas off of other artists. If you’re shy about sharing your work, then this is a great exercise. It will help you get over your fears of what others think.

Take risk, don’t be afraid to fail

Fear of failure is one of the biggest obstacles to creativity. Many people avoid creative expression for this very reason. They never want to try anything new, because they’re afraid of not being good at something. The problem with this is you’ll never know unless you try. Take a chance and step outside of the box, you might surprise yourself.

Find a hobby

A hobby is a broad term used to describe recreational activities, or forms of creative expression. You don’t have to paint to be creative. This is a great way to discover your area of self expression. You could learn to dance, sew, cook, crafts, write, ect…

Take a nap

Sleeping is a great way to enhance overall creativity. Westerners tend to brag about how little sleep they get. Contrary to popular belief sleeping isn’t for the slothful. Sleeping is for the creative genius’s. a well rested brain just works better. Thomas Edison was reported to take catnaps throughout the day. If he was stuck for ideas, he took a nap then returned to his work.

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      Lynn S. Murphy 

      6 years ago

      I love them all. I can't play a musical instrument, but for me just listening to music can bring out the creativity.

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      moiauge 

      6 years ago from New York

      "I believe innovation begins in the journal." I love this line. I couldn't agree more.

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