CREATIVITY – Losing yourself to find yourself

by Barb Casper
Humans are wired to create and live creatively. If we never sought out new possibilities and experiences, our lives would be lackluster, mundane, and predictable. We are meant to dream, explore, discover, build, and live with purpose and intention.

Developing creativity in our everyday lives brings us to life and connects us to who we are!

When you want to be more creative, try the following ways to boost your creativity:

Imaginative play: When is the last time you had fun? Take a moment and watch a child at play. You will find they are totally absorbed in what they are doing or creating. As adults, we have forgotten how to let our hair down and have a good time, laugh, and be silly and joyful! Try it! You will find yourself wanting more and your time away from adult responsibilities is good for your soul.

Listen to music: Take a ten-minute break to listen to your favorite tunes. Music gets your blood pumping and your creative juices flowing. Get up and dance to the music for that extra boost of endorphins.

Make time for yourself: Carve out some “me-time” every day to reflect in quiet solitude and stillness. Stopping the busyness and removing yourself from the stress of everyday life, even momentarily, allows you to identify ways you can create the life you desire. DREAM BIG!

Go for a walk: Taking a 10 to 20-minute brisk walk will help clear your thoughts and unleash new ideas to spark your creativity.

Take a nap: It’s hard to be creative when you are tired. Take a power nap. Set the alarm so that you don’t sleep too long. Find a cool and comfortable place to rest for up to 90 minutes.

Laugh: One of the best boosters of creativity is laughter. There are many ways to bring more laughter into your life. Spend time with people who are funny. Play with your kids and pets. Watch babies laughing videos on YouTube, or a comedy show on Netflix.

Meditate: Learning how to meditate can make a big difference in your level of creativity, as well as how fast you can bring it on when you need it. Just 10 minutes of meditation can help you relax, clear your mind and refocus your energies.

Talk it out: Sometimes it’s good to hash things out with someone who can ask the right questions. If you have a friend who is good with this, give them a call when you need that boost. You can also hire a coach or find a mentor who will be available when you need it.

Surround yourself with blue and green: According to scientific studies, the colors blue and green can help you become more creative. Get outside, observe and enjoy nature, and calm yourself with the peaceful colors of blue and green.

Let go of perfection and be open to new experiences: There is no such thing as perfection so stop trying to achieve it. When you let go of the fear of mistakes and the idea of perfection, you clear your mind of clutter and can refocus on being creative and enjoying yourself.

Being more creative can open a whole new world of possibilities. Tapping into it takes a bit of doing as this may be new for you. Finding what calms your mind and gives you inspiration leads to a sense of well-being and happier life.