I love being creative and silly and thinking outside of the box, but lately I have been so busy studying for midterms and writing research papers that there really isn’t much room for that. The past few weeks have been crazy as I’ve been cramming for exams and memorizing facts and if I’m being completely honest, I was feeling really burnt out. Because of this, I’ve decided to make it my daily mission to do something that helps me boost my creativity every day, no matter how busy I may be.
Exercising my creativity is something that has always been important to me – and while I am not particularly talented in any area of creativity, I really do enjoy being creative and playing around with my mind and seeing what I can come up with. I’ve mentioned before that I consider myself an outgoing introvert – so I am happy and comfortable around other people, but I have so much going on in my mind that I don’t need other people to be happy. I believe that is why I feel the need to always be exercising my mind in
strange unusual ways.
Why Creativity Matters:
Fun ways to boost your creativity!
People seem to have a very cut and dry definition of what creativity is, and you may be surprised to find out that there is more to creativity than just drawing pictures or writing songs.
See! Creativity is so much more than just creating a form of art. Being creative means using your mind in ways you had never considered, and then seeing what comes from it! Perhaps a picture or song is the result, but maybe instead you’ll end up with a new outlook on life, a brilliant idea, or new goals to work torwards.
With that said, I wanted to share some of my favorite ways to exercise creativity, some traditional and some not.
When I meditiate, I don’t do the cliche “Ohm”-ing as I sit on the floor with my legs crossed. Instead I just take five or ten minutes out of my day, lay in my bed, close my eyes, and just be. I take this time to clear my mind (something I’m still working on getting good at!) and forget about any bad things that may be going on in my life. Once that time is up I try and reflect on issues I’ve been having and I try to find a solution. Getting into meditating took some time, I was afraid I’d feel silly doing it or sound pretentious talking about it, but it’s honestly been a really great exercise for my mind.
I won’t go too far into this, as I’ve told you all about my journaling in the past. But keeping a journal is a great way for me to get my ideas down on paper, and then look at them from a different perspective. Removing yourself from a situation and looking at it in another way is a great exercise for your mind, and something that I would love to get better at myself.
I love to doodle! I feel like it’s just a good way to release creative energy, and it’s strange how I can look back on a doodle and be taken back to where I was when I was doing it. I tend to doodle in my notebooks during class, and when I look at say, a flower, I drew, I am able to remember what the professor was talking about while I drew it. Doodles can act like mindmaps while allowing you to be creative.
Listen to music.
My psychology teacher used to go on and on about how beneficial music is to the mind, and I am sure any music lovers out there can agree! Plus, if you ever need to focus – classical music has proven benefits! Pandora even has a ‘Classical Music for Studying’ channel!!
Maybe it’s just because I am so sick of being locked indoors due to the cold weather, but thinking about long walks outside already has my wheels turning! Putting yourself in another environment (outdoors!) can help you think in different ways!
Learn to be alone.
This one is just part of my nature, but if you have trouble be alone, that is something that you might want to practice. Being alone gives you time to think uninterrupted, and time to get to know yourself better. Being alone isn’t always everybody’s cup of tea, and if you are someone who hates being alone, try to turn it into a positive. Take your alone time to do something you love and it won’t seem so bad!
Learn a new skill.
I have recently been trying to learn pen calligraphy! I’ve never been a big fan of my handwriting, and I thought it would be pretty cool if I were able to have very pretty flow handwriting. I feel like it’s a sort of unnecessary skill, but it’s one that will make me happy and it forces me to be a bit creative!
Go be creative!
Those are some of my favorite ways to be creative! I would love to hear what you do to boost your creativity, leave it in the comments below!