Creativity is something many of us let slip when the pressures of being an adult swamp us – things like getting a good job, paying the rent / mortgage, renovating, sharing our time between self, partner, friends and family, and so on.
When did you last allow yourself to be creative?
Has it been so long since you let your creative side shine that you’re stuck for ideas? If so, think back to when you were a kid. What was it that you could lose all sense of time when doing? Would you like to pick it back up again now?
Or think of something you’ve always wanted to give a go. To learn a musical instrument. Or to learn to draw. To paint. To sing.
‘Creativity is intelligence having fun’ ~ Albert Einstein
And as with relationships, purpose and movement, creativity is key to feeling balanced and satisfied in all aspects of your life.
Taking time to be creative is considered to improve feelings of wellbeing, help clarify thoughts, reduce negative emotions, boost social skills and improve your ability to be creative in other aspects of your life – especially important in times of stress and hardship.
And it’s darned fun!
How would you rate your creative satisfaction, on a level of 0-10?
Like to boost that?
Here are 20 ways to be more creative:
- Take photos
- Play an instrument
- Write a letter, poetry, short story or novel
- Create marketing material for your club or hobby group
- Knit, sew, embroider or cross-stitch
- Paint or draw
- Invent a new method or device
- Be creative in the kitchen with new ingredients or combinations
- Sing or dance
- Build a sandcastle or snowman
- Design a garden
- Create a vision board with photos, brochures or words
- Think of a new way of doing something
- Redecorate a room
- Envision your perfect day
- Make a collage of materials such as fabric, shells, sticks and stones.
- Create a scrapbook or photo album
- Make a card or present
- Visit a museum, gallery or performance
- Create from clay, mud or play dough
Most importantly, let any self-doubt about your creative skills go.
Being creative isn’t about the result, it’s about the journey. Tweet this @kylie_bevan
I’m going to be creating something this weekend with the beautiful fabrics that can be found here in Tonga.
How are you going to let your creative side shine? Comment below to inspire yourself and others.