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What to Do When Faced with a Creativity Wall


If there is one thing constant about creativity, it would be this: It has its ebbs and flows. There will be days when much-needed inspirations elude you. But this does not mean you have to stop creating. You just have to find ways to get inspired. Learning how to boost your creativity and get creative ideas flowing is an important skill that will go a long way accomplishing the things you set out to do.

1. Know when to take a break. Stop whatever it is that you are doing. There is no use staring into the wall waiting for inspiration to arrive. You have to do something, not do something, or do something else to find it. Taking a breather can be good for your mind and body. Even a 10 to 15 minute break takes your mind off what frustrates you. It can shift your attention to other things that may prove to be sources of inspirations.

2. Clear your mind. This approach follows the Buddhist wisdom of emptying your cup. It is essentially about clearing or unblocking your mind. One reason you may have hit a creativity block is that you have a lot of thoughts and ideas running in your head. Calming and clearing your mind is one of the many ways to get your creative juices flowing.

3. Shake things up. Many artists, writers, and all sorts of creative people develop their own routines. While routine can be essential to productivity, it can be mind-numbing and stifling over time. Temporary or permanent changes in your routine can be disruptive in a good way. It ushers in new experiences. It changes the way you think or view the things you used to do on autopilot.

4. Take note of random ideas. A lot of great and highly creative ideas appear when you least expect them. Keep a notebook handy so you can use it anytime to write down random thoughts or ideas. Do not edit yourself. You might be surprised just how much creative materials or projects you can launch from thoughts that came out of the blue.

5. Get a good night’s rest. Sleep deficit affects your physical and mental health in the long run, if left unchecked. It makes you feel more tired. And it may even leave you sluggish and uninspired. Make sure that you get quality sleep so you have the mental clarity and the energy to get your creative juices flowing.

Building Creative Habits


Does your work feel like you are not tapping into your creative side nearly as often as you should? Or do you simply want to tap into your creativity more? Getting past mental blocks to creative thinking is the first step if you want to tap into your creativity. Here are some of the many ways to tap into your creativity and enjoy a creative life.

1. Practice awareness. Develop your sense of awareness. Take time to observe your surroundings without judgment. Use your senses to take note and store away details you would otherwise miss if you were not paying more attention.

2. Explore different perspectives and possibilities. One of the best exercises to boost your creativity is to explore possibilities. Use your imagination to think of as many possible uses as you can to any object in your room. Seek ways to find solutions to problems or consider novel ways to use the things around you.

3. Look for connections. You can find connections in everyday things if you take the time to look and process them. Thinking of possible associations or trying to connect seemingly disparate things can lead to some interesting insights that can tap your creativity.

4. Manage stress. Chronic stress, anxiety, and depression can affect the flow of your creativity. Take the time to rest and refresh your mind. Get adequate sleep, maintain an exercise routine, eat healthy, and develop relaxation rituals that can help in keeping your mind calm.

5. Spend time with nature. Find inspirations from nature. Spend time outdoors and pay close attention to the sights and sounds around you. It is also one of the best ways to refresh your mind or simply quiet it down. Schedule some time to disconnect from your digital life and reconnect with nature. You will find that there is no shortage of interesting things to do when you spend more time outside.

6. Indulge your inner child. Take a leaf off children’s playbook. Reconnect with the inner child in you by spending more time doing fun things. Let your curiosity take you to ideas or places you would usually ignore. Rediscovering or harnessing the child in you can help in tapping into your creativity.

7. Visualize. Use mental imagery to unleash your creativity. Envision objects as you see them around you. Visualize all the details you can remember from all angles. This can help improve your ability to create mental images and see patterns in your mind.