5 Ways to Encourage Creativity
Surround yourself with what inspires you.
Don't stop the music!
Jamming out to your playlist stimulates the part of your brain that controls motor actions, emotions, and creativity. Several studies have shown that classical music, in particular, can provide an extra boost of concentration and creativity. Certain frequencies can even increase brain performance. I love my soundscapes app for DJing my own sound mixes. But, you can just hit play on your favorite song or pick up a beloved musical instrument for additional coordination of mind and body. Don't let those creative juices wane. Listen to music to encourage music-enhanced thinking.
Go old school.
Laugh until your belly aches.
Studies show that a better mood equals better performance. Laughter, in particular, triggers positivity. The lightened mood humor creates translates into mental spaciousness that makes it easier for ideation to occur, to problem-solve, and gain creative insight. So, break out that worn out comedy DVD. It could generate a significant creativity boost!
Call your mother (nature).
Remember the thrill of being a kid, spinning on the merry-go-round and making up your own cardboard box adventures? Spending time with Mother Nature is the adult version. It taps into all five of your senses, energizes your body, and stimulates your imagination. Physical activity can combat things like mental fog and fatigue, and enhance cognitive processing. It loosens up our body and our mind, and helps us feel a little freer, allowing us to more quickly generate solutions to problems and think of new ideas.