Do you remember being in grade school and spending time in art, drawing pictures, and creating stories in your mind? You may have dreamed of being a police officer, a firefighter, or a doctor. But, your imagination was free to explore and create, taking your mind to many places.
However, that creative spirit may have diminished or disappeared along the way. Have you ever experienced losing your creativity and wanted to get it back? If so, this article will focus on ways to improve your creativity and rekindle skills that you may not have used in quite some time.
We will discuss the following ways to improve your creativity:
- Spend time in the sun
- Learn something new
- Read books
- Listen to music
- Draw or paint pictures
- Use a journal to capture your thoughts
Let’s get started!
1. Spend time in the sun
There are many benefits of being in the sun. Primarily, the sun gives off serotonin, a hormone that affects our mood and energy. Spending time outdoors in the sun also helps our brain, reduces high blood pressure, improves our immune system, strengthens bones, and helps us sleep better.
Taking time to go for walks or exercise outside can also help with your creativity by allowing you time to think and explore new ideas while taking in nature. Another benefit is the ability to relieve stress you have experienced during the day.
If you can not spend time outdoors in the sun, you may consider taking vitamin D through vitamin supplements or foods such as orange juice, milk, or fish. As always, check with your doctor for advice on what’s best for you.
2. Learn something new
Taking time to learn new things is very important for many reasons. For one, our brains create new neurons as it makes new connections. Think of this as developing new patterns to keep your brain active and energized to help you create new ideas.
Another reason it is essential to learn new things is to provide motivation and build confidence. Have you ever felt bored or lacked the desire to get moving? Learning a new skill or developing skills you already have creates a desire to improve yourself and motivates you to explore new activities.
Explore learning a new language, taking classes at your local college to brush up on skills you are interested in, or taking trips to different places to see new things.
Challenging yourself to keep learning and being curious about exploring new things allows you to generate new ideas that can also help improve your creativity.
3. Read books
Reading books is an exciting way to use your imagination to travel to different places. You may recall having to read books while in school. Sometimes the books may not have interested you. However, other times you may have discovered a love for mysteries, novels, or fiction books, for example, that sparked your desire to read and learn more.
Regardless of your choice of books, reading provides a pathway to explore ideas and improve your mental health. The more we read, the more we can expand our general knowledge and improve our communication skills. Yet, other benefits include exercising our brains by increasing our concentration and focus.
Reading regularly helps with learning, memory, and thinking, which helps improve your writing and creativity.
4. Listen to Music
There are many benefits to listening to music. Here are a few examples:
- Lowering your blood pressure
- Reducing stress
- Sound recognition
- It affects your mood and anxiety
- Improve your Memory
- Sleep Quality
More amazingly, though, is music’s ability to help you become creative. Music can relax you so that your mind becomes open to new ideas and improves your problem-solving skills and creativity.
5. Draw or paint pictures
Artwork, whether drawings or paintings, is another way of developing your creative skills. Participating in artwork can help improve your brain’s cognitive ability and mood.
If you are having a rough day, try sitting down and drawing. It does not have to be perfect or even be for others to see. The purpose of your drawing can be to relax and let your mind unfold new ideas.
Allow artwork to be an escape from the hustle and bustle of life. Take time to visit a museum and look at art. Watching art classes online, such as with Bob Ross, are also excellent ways to develop an art appreciation and expand your creativity.
6. Use a journal to capture your thoughts.
Journaling or writing down our ideas is another way to develop our creative skills. Again, going to the grade school example, there may have been a time when your teacher asked you to write in a journal each time you began class. The purpose of this exercise was to help you develop a habit of writing down your thoughts without overthinking.
The other benefit of writing in a journal is to help prepare you to brainstorm and come up with new ideas for upcoming papers you would write or projects you would create.
This also enables you to capture your experiences and develop your imagination to be creative. Overall, keeping a journal and writing down your thoughts keeps ideas flowing in your mind. So, let the ideas flow and regain your creative skills.
In conclusion, we have reviewed ways to improve your creativity. We discussed spending time in the sun, learning new things, reading books, listening to music, drawing or painting pictures, and using a journal to capture your thoughts.
We began the discussion by asking how to get your creativity back. The ideas presented each help regain your creativity. However, ideas without action can leave you in the same place. A challenge for you is to make using these ideas a part of your everyday life. Are you up for the challenge?
Please share your comments on which of these ways you have taken to begin becoming more creative or other ideas you have used yourself that can help others become more creative.
As always, I appreciate you for taking the time to visit.