Creativity takes a lot of work, and there are many ways you can go about nurturing it. But the first thing you should know is that creativity really is a skill – not just for artists, comedians, painters, and other creative types – but for every single person.
In this list of tips on how to enhance your creativity, we’ll show you how to use your body’s natural design to increase your problem-solving abilities while boosting self-confidence.
Check out these simple ways to spark your creativity and get your creative juices flowing in no time.
1) Free your mind
Sometimes just a break from work will help. Take a coffee break. Go for a walk outside; take the dog for a walk or go to the park and let them run around playfully. You’ll likely be surprised by what pops into your head as soon as you’re done with that mental breather!
2) Try something new
Get out of your comfort zone and try something you’ve never done before. This could be as simple as painting, drawing, playing an instrument; it could also be a new class, or even a new sport. Anything to get you thinking about something in a new way will help your creativity flow.
3) Get in the zone
Release some endorphins and feel good! Go for a run, do some yoga, or take that class you’ve been wanting to do. Endorphins are natural painkillers that make you feel relaxed and happy which will help with any mental blocks keeping your creativity from flowing freely!
4) Seek inspiration
Find a piece of art, music or an item that inspires you. Whether it’s a song on the radio, a poster, or a quote; just picking something that resonates with you will remind you what it feels like to be inspired and how it feels to see things in a new way!
5) Discover your passions
Everyone has interests and hobbies you’ve put aside for other responsibilities, but rediscovering these passions is a quick way to unleash your natural creativity. From turning your passion into a career to re-growing an interest that has languished with time, there are countless ways to get back on the creativity track.
6) Change your environment
Moving to a new place, or new neighborhood can trigger new ideas as you look at things in a new light. Getting outside of your normal routine can help inspire you for the day as well.
7) Spend time with people who inspire you
Surround yourself with the people who trigger your innate creativity and you’ll be amazed by what they come up with! Be it a family member, a friend, or even an acquaintance, the people closest to you are likely to help stimulate your creativity.
8) Repurpose something
Take a new look at something that’s been lying around for awhile. Give it a new use, either on its own or with a new object. If you’re out of ideas, try combining things together you haven’t used together before. Don’t be afraid to try something new.
9) Have fun
Having fun is a great way to get into the flow of things. Reminisce back to simpler times with family and friends, or have some casual fun where the rules are relaxed — cooking a meal for two, playing board games, driving out without a destination in mind – whatever works!
10) Get lost in a story
reading, watching movies and TV, or listening to podcasts can help trigger new ideas as you immerse yourself in an interesting world. Getting wrapped up in a good story can help you think outside of your own experience, and come up with ideas that you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.
No matter what your creative type is, or what stage you’re in your life in, you can find ways to enhance it. So don’t be afraid to take a risk and try something new, or seek inspiration from the people around you. If there’s one thing I want you to know about creativity it’s this: It’s not something that’s ever over, but if you let it go for too long then it may get back with big efforts.