Being consistently creative can be difficult from time to time. Here are my favorite ways to break the monotony and increase creative thought.
Spending time outside
Whether it’s a hike, a walk in the park, or just chilling in my hammock, outdoor time gives me a boost. Fresh air and sunlight are good for the body, and what’s good for the body helps the brain, too! It is especially rejuvenating when I resolve not to check my phone and turn off all notifications until I return home.
Physical activity always gets my brain going. The most consistently helpful activity I’ve found is dancing on my treadmill. Yes, I said dancing. Walking helps too, but when I put on some bouncy music and put my all into having fun, usually ideas strike me out of nowhere. In fact, I had the idea to write this post while I was dancing to the song in the video above.
It seems small and sometimes silly, but looking at things from a (literally) new angle makes me smile and it helps me think more creatively. It’s not uncommon to find me sitting criss-cross in an airplane seat, hanging upside down from my bed or hammock, or backward in an office chair. Added bonus: changing positions frequently helps alleviate muscle and joint stiffness!
Interacting with friends
I have one of the most inspiring friend bases ever. Nearly everyone I know is an artist, a writer, a content creator, or a really deep thinker. Interacting with these people is a joyful experience and generally very creatively stimulating, whether they realize it or not. Many of my projects have been inspired by them.
Taking a step back and finding ways to laugh about myself, my projects, or the resistance I am facing can be therapeutic and spur creative thought. I love to look for the absurdities so I can blow them out of proportion! I feel free when I don’t take myself too seriously. Creating a list of stupid ideas can help clear the mental block and make way for some solid work. My “Top 3 Skills: A Parody” post is a great example of this.
Music (and dance breaks!)
Putting on a peppy playlist keeps me going when I have to work from my computer. Along the way, I often find myself dramatically lip-synching or even dancing in my office chair when a tune hits me right. Random little breaks like this help me kick me out of worktime tunnel-vision and keep me smiling!
How do you stay creative?
Comment below! I’d love to hear your tricks!