Creativity, I believe, is crucial to the human experience.
Being creative opens the mind, helps us to see the ‘big’ picture, increases our problem solving skills & makes life much more fun. Many adults however, neglect the need for creativity. Maybe we get caught up in the very serious & structured grown up world that we live in? Or perhaps we don’t think that we are ‘good enough’ at being creative? Whatever the reason, we can only benefit from being more creative in our lives.
What is Creativity?
Creativity is defined as “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something”. It’s our ability to be inventive, to dream, to problem solve & to realise that anything is in fact possible.
Being creative doesn’t necessarily mean anything fancy either. There are countless everyday activities which we all do that we can make into creative experiences.
Ideas for more Creativity in your everyday life:
- Rather than using a recipe next time you cook, try checking what items you already have in the pantry/fridge & create a meal around them from scratch.
- Get creative with how you present your next meal. Making toast for breakfast? Cut it into interesting shapes! Or go back to basics and see how well you can arrange your food into a face or picture on a plate like toddlers often love.
- When you have friends/family over for dinner, incorporate playing a board game such as Scattergories, Taboo, Codenames or Cards against Humanity.
- The next time you are bored grab a pen & piece of paper (it does NOT need to be fancy) and do some doodling. Remember doodles are not supposed to be works of art. Don’t worry about what you are drawing or creating, just go with it & see if you can fill the whole page with whatever comes out of your hand & feels good.
- Start a manifestation journal. Each day you write a list of things you want to bring into your life, no matter how far fetched or impossible they may seem. When you repeatedly see & think about the things you want, your brain begins to pay more attention to them & it starts to seek out connections to help you achieve your goals.
- Make an acrostic poem with your name using coloured pencils, paints, markers, magazine cut outs or anything else you have on hand.
- Put on your favourite music next time you are doing housework and dance around without overthinking it or caring what you look like.
- Head to an area or part of your town/city that you’ve never been to be before & take a walk. Let yourself wander without having to follow a set out route or time limit if possible.
Once you start finding simple ways to do things a little bit differently, your brain will begin to think creatively around all sorts of situations in your life. Being creative isn’t difficult but sometimes it does take a bit of work & effort when we have gotten ‘stuck’ always thinking ‘’within the box’’ rather than outside of it.
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