Do you remember what it was like to be a child who let their imagination run wild?
As adults, we are so busy “adulting” that we seldom give ourselves the time or opportunity to tap into the creative part of our brain that allows for free expression and discovery. Watch a child at play. They are amazing! You’ll witness their carefree behavior resulting in simulation of scenarios and exploration of ideas.
“Creativity isn’t necessarily a characteristic you’re born with; it’s a trait that can be honed through habit.”Deep Patel, Entrepreneur.com “9 Ways to Rewire Your Brain for Creativity”
Everyone’s outlet for creativity looks different. For me, I enjoy writing, cooking, photography, and design. How do you express your creativity?
In a moment of creative immersion, I get lost in the process. I will often cook multiple dishes at the same time while watching Food Network re-runs. Sometimes I’ve been know to crank out multiple blog posts in a weekend rather than my less than stellar one article per month. And I’ve been known to mentally design flower beds, shop for flowers, and completely overhaul our landscaping in one day. It’s a feverish pace that is undeniable and yet so enjoyable. I’m lost in the creative process.
However, I know what it’s like to lose the passion to create.
I write all day at work, so I sometimes struggle to convince myself to sit down again at a laptop and blog or journal at night. Similarly, cooking to get dinner on the table on a weeknight looks very different than creatively exploring recipes on a Sunday. So how do I make sure I’m allowing myself to get back into “the pocket” and to escape the mundane daily work for one of creativity? I declare it! “Today is the day you’re just going to be creative.” I think it, and then I do it.
Do you need a gentle nudge to surrender to your own creative thoughts? Try applying one of these recommendations this week. Designate a day dedicated to carefree thinking and discovery!
ADD COLOR TO YOUR WORLD
Whether it’s grabbing some colored pencils and simply doodling on an open page or arranging flowers in a vase, express yourself with color. Perhaps the day starts with pairing colorful clothing together for your outfit. Maybe you flip your interior design and add seasonal pops of color to your home. The addition of color to your environment will strongly influence your thinking!
GET YOUR HANDS MOVING
Some of my best creative moments have come from working in the dirt while gardening. Perhaps you’ve neglected an instrument you once played or haven’t allowed yourself the time to journal in ages. Maybe you would like to take up sewing or drawing again. Whatever it is that fuels your creativity, it most likely involves using your hands.
GO SOMEWHERE NEW
How much time do you spend at home? Naturally, some people are “home bodies” preferring to remain in the comfort of their home rather than visiting a space like a museum or exploring the outdoors. I get that. Some days that’s all I want to do, too. Yet, convincing myself to sit down on the park bench next to our neighborhood’s walking trail while watching nature ignites new thoughts and curiosities. And in doing so, I’m often intrigued to learn more through reading or viewing a documentary about that topic. Just think: Where could you transport yourself today?
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.Maya Angelou