We have all heard about how important it is for our physical and mental health to take time to recharge and unwind to reduce stress. But we don’t often hear how important it is to our creative side. Nor do we seem to hear about “creative” ways to unwind. In order to stay fresh and generate new ideas, it is vitally important to recharge. With that in mind, here are some more creative or unusual ways to get your creative juices flowing again.
Do something different that uses your creative side, your imagination, and your brain. While this might sound obvious, most of us often need a reminder to actually do something that taps into our creativity and expressiveness. Sing, paint, dance, take photos, learn a new instrument, learn to sculpt, or learn to design landscapes. Do anything that takes you out of your familiar zone and into a new one. If you don’t know where to start on your own, sign up for a class.
Daydream. Much has been written about how daydreaming is essential for writers and artists because some of their best ideas come that way. But, it’s also essential for anyone who wants to de-stress and re-charge themselves and their creativity. Famous daydreamers including Newton, Einstein, and Edison came up with their greatest ideas via daydreams.
After daydreaming, go out and do something fun. When we are having fun the best parts of ourselves come out. When we are having fun we don’t feel stress, and release the stress that we started with. So go ahead — jump on the bed, dance at a concert, visit a museum, draw with crayons, call a friend. There is no “right or wrong” way to do this — do what YOU think is fun.
Write or journal without thinking. Just write, free flow to get out your feelings. It opens up your brain and lets things come out. Some ideas to get you started: write down all of the things you are happy about or are grateful for, list your dreams, your fun to-do list, all the things you have dreamt of doing but haven’t.
Stop multitasking! Put those electronic devices down, stop checking those texts and emails, and just pick one creative thing and focus on it. I find that when I focus on something, even something as mundane as weeding or making a to-do list, I forget everything else and find the ideas start to flow again. I not only release the stress, but clear my mind, and I am better able to finish my work or finish writing something that I am stuck on.
What are your processes for recharging and awakening the creative side?