10 Ways to Relax and Boost Your Creativity

Modern life can be very stressful. For those of you who use your creativity for work or pleasure, you might find that it can be challenging to remain creative all the time and thereforeyou can become quite stressed.There are things you can do tofeel more relaxed and at the same time spark the creativitythat seems to be missing.If you’d like to stretch your creative muscles and also relax, here are ten ways you can do it.

Do Something You Love

Have you got a hobby?Is there a part of your daily routine you really love? A hobby such as running, playing an instrument, painting, or collecting antiques can help you relax and de-stress, while at the same time boost your creativity.

Another great way to de-stress is playing golf, particularly if it isa passion of yours. Take some time to purchase new golf gear to help with the experience and head to your local course for a few rounds of golf.Before you go out, however, remember to look over your irons to see if they are in a good enough shape to play. If they are looking a little jaded, why not treat yourself to some new ones.

Unplug

With your mobile devices always switched on it’s very easy to get distracted. Giving your mind the time to wander might be just what’s needed. Some of your best ideas are likely to come to you when you’re not catching up of your social media news feed, scrolling through Instagram or clicking various Pinterest posts. Unplug from technology and see what a difference it makes. Also, if you’re sat wracking your brain for a great idea,it’s not very likely to come. Walk away from your workstation and look at things from a different angle.

Take a Walk

How many hours a day on average do you sit? It could be as many as 15 hours of your day which sounds pretty crazy. Did you realise it’s actually bad for your health and your mood? It doesn’t do a lot for your creativity either. Research has shown that walking can have a positive impact on your creative thinking, so get out of that chair and enjoy some fresh air. As well as being good exercise, walking provides you with some thinking time, and this is when your mind generates ideas, with little effort from you. Remember to take a notebook and pen with you just in case you need to jot something down.

Daydream

Giving yourself time for doing nothing is important because your mind is more inclined to be creative when it’s allowed to wander. Being able to use your imagination is part of the creative process, so if you want to be more creative, you need to give your mind space to do it.

Make a Creative Corner

If you’ve got a space in your home that’s dedicated to your creativity your brain gets in the habit of being creative in that particular space. You can make any space in your home a suitable environment for boosting your creativity by making it relaxing and inviting, but at the same time practical. Use the space for listening to music, daydreaming, jotting down ideas on a whiteboard or just for closing your eyes and relaxing. It might interest you to learn that the colour blue can also spark your creativity. Blue is a colour that makes you feel relaxed and lets your imagination run free.

Take a Shower

The reason for this suggestion is that it’s a mindless, everyday task that lets your mind wander. Driving, fishing, washing up or vacuuming could also work as well. If you give your brain time to wander,you’re more likely to be creative afterwards. A lot of research has been done relating to creativity and allowing the mind to wander, and it’s thought that mindless tasks help the creative process because they allow two different networks in the brain to be active, areas that aren’t usually turned on at the same time.

Watch a Funny Video

Your mood can have a significant impact on your creativity. If you’re feeling anxious, it focuses your attention, which is counterproductivewhen it comes to creativity. Being happy and laughing, on the other hand, liberates your creativity. As well as making you feel relaxed, being in a good mood broadens your scope of interest. Spend a few moments looking for amusing videos on YouTube or watch an episode of your favourite comedy and enjoy laughing.

Get Some Sleep

Sleep is very good for the creative process because it allows your brain to consolidate memories and reorganise your thoughts. Having all your thoughts organised differently can help your brain extract knowledge and generate new connections. Those moments when you’re half awake also help you to focus on a problem. Try to sleep on a problem you might be having, and you might wake up feeling rejuvenated and re-energised.

Take Up Colouring

Colouring isn’t just for kids. Adults can benefit from picking up a colouring book and pencils. A study by researchers at the University of the West of England has revealed that taking up colouring can help reduce stress and improve creativity in adults.

Participants in the study who were colouring for 20 minutes reported being more content, energetic and calmer than those who had been reading. Higher levels of mindfulness and flow were also reported. Those participants who had been colouring also displayed more creative thinking and had better visual attention.

Listen to Music

Who doesn’t like listening to music? It has the power to move us in many different ways. It can move us to tears, give us goosebumps, encourage us to dance and sing and inspire and facilitate our other creative endeavours.Why does it do this? Listening to music you like triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin in your brain. These are feel-good neurotransmitters that flush your brain with positive emotions. Music can fill us with happiness and act as a tension reliever. If you’re looking for inspiration, music can act as a strong memory cue and catalyst for sparking ideas. Which is just what you need if you want to be more creative.

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