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5 Ideas to Inspire Creativity

Feb 11th, 2014

Inspire CreativityYou don’t have to practice drawing, writing, or painting everyday to make creative things. Everyday people also have the ability to make extremely creative designs. If you feel stuck, then you might need some inspiration. Try these 5 ideas to inspire your creativity.

#1: Go for a Jog

Jogging does a lot of good things for your mind and body. That includes sparking your creativity. According to researchers, you should go for a run the next time you feel stumped. The uplift in mood that you experience afterward will also make your brain more creative.

#2: Set Your Self-Criticism Aside

Creativity and judgment don’t mix well. You may want to take a critical look at your work after you’ve finished the initial creation, but you shouldn’t waste time and energy criticizing yourself during the act of creation. Try not to second-guess your instincts. You can always revise later!

#3: Meditate

Many artists claim that meditation helps them develop creative ideas. Now, scientific research offers some support to those claims. Scientists don’t know exactly how different types of meditation affect creativity, but there is a consensus that meditation can help. Try different methods to find one that frees your mind.

#4: Doodle Without a Goal

The best ideas often seem to come from unknown places. A wandering mind can stumble into a world of creative ideas.

You can let your mind and your hand wander by doodling without a goal in mind. Spend some time drawing shapes, characters, or whatever else pops into your head. Don’t question the process and don’t think too hard about what you’re doing. Just go with the flow.

Afterward, you can look over your work to find small ideas that you can develop into bigger designs.

#5: Spend Time With Creative People

Creativity is a habit. If you want to foster that habit, spend more time with creative people. Find artists, writers, and thinkers in your community who devote themselves to exploring creative fields. If your community doesn’t already have a group like this, look for creative people interested in meeting regularly to discuss ideas and collaborate.

The more time you spend with people who encourage each other to take creative risks, the more likely you are to trust your instincts and dive into your own pool of creative energy.

The next time you feel like you don’t have an ounce of creativity in you, try one of these ideas. You might find that you surprise yourself!

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