5 Simple Ways to Spark Creativity
March 17, 2020
Finding yourself in a creative rut is frustrating and unfortunately not uncommon. We’ve all been there so we all know how hard it can be to get your creative juices flowing again. Whether you’re trying to tackle a project at work or school, or you’re trying to find a solution to a difficult parenting problem, or maybe you’re feeling stuck while trying to redecorate, these simple tips will help you activate your creative spark.
1. Go outside or take a walk.
Whether you decide to take a walk or just sit and enjoy some fresh air, going outside can reinvigorate your brain. If you can, try to surround yourself with some nature. This could mean sitting under your favorite tree or taking a walk through the park. Studies have shown that being outside and unplugged from technology can help people improve their creative problem-solving skills. Being outside stimulates all five senses and helps energize your body and mind.
2. Listen to music.
Music activates the areas of the brain that are responsible for creativity. Some music is better at boosting creativity than others, but it’s important to figure our what works best for you. Classical music has been found to do wonders for creativity. The Mozart Effect is the theory which demonstrates listening to Mozart can increase creativity and concentration. While Mozart might not be everyone’s cup of tea, music in general is a great tool to help you wake up the creativity center in your brain. If you have a hard time concentrating when listening to music, consider listening to music without words or set some time aside before starting work to jam out to your favorite tunes.
3. Ask for help or have a conversation.
Asking for someone else’s opinion can be an enlightening way to find a solution to your creativity problems. Having a conversation can open you up to different perspectives that can spark new ideas. And when it comes to creativity, the more ideas, the better! A simple conversation with a coworker, friend, or loved one can be what you need to get your mind moving in the right direction.
4. Write by hand.
In their book, “The Creativity Cure”, Carrie Barron, M.D. and Alton Barron, M.D. encourage leaving your computer behind when trying to get the creative sparks flowing. They say writing by hand inspires creativity in ways that typing just can’t. So, the next time you’re brainstorming, pick up a pen or write on a whiteboard to stimulate your creativity.
5. Try again in the morning.
If you’re feeling drained and unable to move forward on a project, step away and try again in the morning. Give yourself some grace when you’re experiencing a creative block. A good night’s sleep can sometimes be all you need to finish whatever it is you’ve been stuck on. Sleep inspires and reenergizes the brains, which allows you to find new perspectives to spark your creativity.