6 Ways to Cultivate Creativity
Creativity is such an important tool in so many ways! People who are more creative have better problem solving skills + are more successful overall for their ability to create new solutions both in their personal ++ professional lives. Integrating a creative practice can have a positive effect on mental health as well. Unfortunately, many people believe themselves to be inherently uncreative which can prevent them from exploring these opportunities. So, whether you are just in a creative slump or feel that you lack any type of it, here are six ways to help you cultivate your creativity!
DEVELOP A NEW HOBBY
Building a habit by adding a daily ritual into your life is one of the best ways to get more creative. This is simple + can take as much time as you want it to, whether you prefer journaling each morning [check out our tips here], doodling in a notebook, or simply just decluttering a space in your room! We love journaling, both for creativity + mental health benefits.
CATER TO YOUR INTERESTS
Getting creative does not mean straying away from your other interests. Find a way to incorporate what you already like into your creativity practice, perhaps by looking at things from a new perspective or diving deeper into the things you are already interested in, such as writing or drawing. For example, if you liked art class in high school, explore that possibility or something similar!
Meditation has so many benefits, one of them being that it can boost creativity! By allowing yourself to be still, you can calm your mind + think more clearly ++ cohesively. This will also help you get into a more relaxed mindset, which is optimal for creativity! Check out our meditation tips here!
GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Pushing your limits in your personal + professional life will help you to expand your mind creatively as well. Take that new job opportunity, talk to the person who you always sit next to in class, or try that new recipe that calls for ingredients you’ve never even heard of! Basically, just try new things + get yourself out there if you want to succeed creatively!
SILENCE YOUR INNER CRITIC
Perfectionism + creativity do not go too well together. If you are constantly doubting yourself + starting over, you will never end with something you are perfectly happy with. Having a more go-with-the-flow kind of attitude rather than a critical one definitely helps with the creative process + you will likely be more satisfied with the finished product, so don’t be too hard on yourself!
Don’t just talk about doing it, actually start, even if it is only something small. Draw a picture, write a story, paint something! Maya Angelou once said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” The benefits of a creative practice are endless, + all you have to do is begin. So, what are you waiting for? Get to it! : )
Want to know more ways to improve yourself? Check out this post about personal development!