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5 Techniques for Finding Your Inner Creativity
02 March, 2017
Whether you’re a writer, artist, or even a marketing executive, you’ve probably had days where you felt completely uninspired. You know your creativity is in there somewhere, but you’re having trouble finding it, and there’s certainly no forcing it. It’s a frustrating problem, but fortunately it’s one with many solutions. Here are a few ways you can boost your creativity on a slow day:

Go for a walk

Taking a step back from what you’re doing and getting some fresh
air can be the perfect recipe for creativity. Go for a walk around the block or to the local cafe and allow your mind to wander a bit. If you live near a coastal region, find a view of the water: research has shown that blue can encourage you to think outside the box, increase creativity, and double your brainstorming results. Consider your creative dilemma in this more relaxed setting, making sure to keep your breathing deep and even. If you’re still stuck, just clear your head completely and enjoy the view. When you return to your project, now calm and collected, you the inspiration you seek just might present itself to you.

Go somewhere with inspiration abound

Seeing another artist’s finished work can be a great way to spark your own creativity, so head to a local museum or art gallery. If you have time to devote an entire morning or afternoon to the outing, feel free, but even a 30-minute visit can be beneficial. You might have a favorite exhibit, or you can try something new altogether. While browsing, keep in mind that these creators certainly had their own days where they felt uninspired, but ultimately they overcame.

Play

As adults, we tend to dismiss the idea of playing as a luxury at best, and childish at worst. But playing a game—be it a quick round of cards at your desk or a board game with your kids—is a great way to reduce stress. If you’re feeling restless and some exercise would do you some good, too, consider grabbing a neighbor for a game of one-on-one basketball. You can even take your dog to the dog park to play frisbee or fetch. Put your frustration aside, let loose, and just enjoy yourself. The rest will do your mind some good and leave you feeling rejuvenated!

Give yourself a different creative challenge

It might seem counter-intuitive to take on another challenge when you’re already feeling blocked, but this one is just for fun. If you’re a painter, try creating a work that’s all one color but different hues. If you’re a writer, try composing a short story about a fictitious land full of fantastical animals. If you’re a professional, come up with a fun campaign for a different client—real or imaginary. Even if you don’t love the finished product, it doesn’t matter. The point is you have exercised your creativity and drew upon your talents to give yourself a fun, unique test.

Try a new creative activity

Instead of creating a familiar challenge, give yourself a brand new one! Try your hand at crocheting, sculpting, copywriting, or crafting, so long as it’s something you’ve never tried before. You can take the opportunity to spend some quality time with your partner, children, or friends by tackling the endeavor together. You might even ask another creative colleague to teach you their passion. It’s a stress-free way to be innovative, and a great excuse to pick up a new hobby.

Often the secret to grabbing that inner creativity is to stop focusing so much on it. Try one of these methods the next time you’re feeling blocked, and find the inspiration you just know is there!

By Larry Mager

Larry Mager is a a mental fitness expert by trade. He is passionate about the study of how to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. He believes in regular exercise of the brain as a means to do just that. He is writing about what he has learned to share it with others.

Photo credit: padrinan
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