May 10, 2021
Adding Color Into Your Life: 4 Practices to Boost Creativity by Jeremy Bowler
A paint brush delicately dipping into brown paint on an a palletSource: Pexels
We all think we’re in a mental rut from time to time. Sometimes, we see people who exude creativity in spades, and we seethe with jealousy. It seems some people have a natural gift for creativity, but that’s not to say that you don’t have it, either!
If you feel life is too mundane, you can nurture and boost your creativity, much like you would a muscle. What are the ways to do this?
Surround Yourself with Inspiration
The creative process is not just about buying art supplies and throwing paint around, but it’s about making sure you stimulate yourself in the right way. If you feel you haven’t been creative for many years, you might not be surrounding yourself with the right things.
It’s easy to get bound by routine, and it’s the break in the monotony that can stimulate us — all you need to do is surround yourself with things that are motivating.
Think about decorating your home space with things that will trigger inventiveness. More color, more literature, and more ideas are going to be a springboard for something new.
Certain types of meditation can improve your creative thinking. You may consider meditating as a relaxation method, but the health benefits extend beyond mere relaxation.
Meditation is something you can do to become more aware of your thoughts and your feelings. When you become more receptive to the sensations, they can trigger new ideas and different ways of thinking, which is, by its very definition, creativity.
When you start to think about how you can think differently, you come up with whole new ways of processing and creating solutions to problems. When you’re stuck in a rut, sit still, and close your eyes; you might be surprised!
Daydreaming is not so easy when surrounded by so much distraction, but if you allow yourself the luxury to be bored, you may find yourself being more creative.
Being bored gives you the freedom to daydream, which means that you start to think about things differently, and therefore start to create. Boredom sends a signal to the brain saying the current environment or situation isn’t simulating, so you start to stimulate yourself.
But it’s so easy to distract ourselves with our phones. To avoid this, get into the habit of turning your phone off, going for a walk, and just allowing yourself the luxury of being bored.
Make Changes to Your Diet
You might be surprised by the benefits of eating well when it comes to creativity. You may find you’re eating the wrong things. For example, if you have an intolerance to something, the mind and body can become inflamed, which doesn’t just provide an unhealthy distraction, but it makes you miserable.
In this circumstance, is it a surprise that you would struggle to be creative? Think about what could be affecting your overall health, and if you have a food intolerance. Some of the most common culprits include dairy, gluten, caffeine, and fructose.
If you want to be creative, but you think there are things stopping you, try these four approaches.
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