“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” ~Albert Einstein
One of the most common misconceptions about creativity is that it’s some sort of esoteric, innate gift only possessed by a few. Very few statements are farther from the truth. We all have creativity within us. Your creativity might be taking a nap right now, but there are lots of ways you can wake it up. Below are some tips to help you get started.
- Take a Break from your Normal Routine. Doing the same things in the same ways time after time again can hinder creativity. Changing things up can help. Every so often, try something new. This could include taking a different route to work, trying a meal you wouldn’t normally try, sitting with a different group of people at lunch, visiting a new place, or saying hi to a stranger. Exploring new ways of doing things helps you change your perspective, thus inspiring your creativity.
- Exercise. There’s plenty of research that shows that exercise stimulates the brain by creating new neurons in the hippocampus. Physical activity incites new thought patterns. So get off the couch and get moving!
- Spend Time in Nature. Not only can nature help you clear your mind, it can also inspire you. If you’re seeking creative ideas, spending time near vibrant colors (for example, in a flower garden), can stimulate your senses and give you the spark you need. Even if you’re not able to go into nature right away, visualization is a powerful tool. Close your eyes, take some deep breaths, and imagine the sound of the birds chirping and rivers roaring, the colors of the leaves, and the smell of the fresh air and flowers.
- Talk to People. It’s amazing how the simplest interactions with other people can lead to some of the most brilliant ideas and innovations. Mingle with others. Share your thoughts. Listen to what they have to say. You never know where a conversation may lead.
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Ni, Preston. (2014). How to Unleash Your Creativity and Find Inspiration Today! Psychology Today.