Some days creative ideas pop up in your head like mushrooms after the rain, and then again some days (or to be honest, probably most days) it's dry as Sahara in there and it's a struggle to get inspired by anything at all. A few weeks ago I asked the community on Instagram what they did to boost their creativity & get inspired, and I got some wonderfully funny and useful tips.
1. Take a shower
So simple, yet so incredibly effective. When you're in the shower you're (usually) alone and taking a break from the hectic everyday life, both which are things that will give you the mental and physical space to start creating again.
“Most of the time I brainstorm in the shower!” @gralizzybear
“I put on my playlist and sing along- in my room, in the shower, anywhere! The best way for me is to clear my head and start again!” @thefootprintfiles
2. Clean the house
Sometimes doing the most concrete and boring tasks will make the mind start imagining and creating things, just to escape that thing it really doesn't want to do.
“Ever danced around with a vacuum cleaner in your hand? Seriously great moves! But that always brings back my mojo” @purlmore
“Start doing the most boring thing you feel like, your creativity automatically gets boosted to come out of it! Like for me, the time of the exams is the time when I have the most creative ideas for paintings and designs” @khyati_rasania
3. Go forest bathing
A lot of research shows that spending time out in nature helps reduce stress hormones and lower blood pressure. We all know that a stressed mind and body is no ideal situation to be creating in, so go out there and spend some time bathing in the woodlands.
“ Go outside, walk the dog, cuddle a chicken, photograph the ducks, examine the trees for signs of growth, splash in puddles, watch the clouds scurrying across the sky” @abookishbaker
4. Really look at stuff
Often we're so busy thinking and doing things chances are you might miss out on a lot of potential around you. Try shifting your focus to only observing and witnessing what is around you- without any specific agenda or end goal- and see what new discoveries and connections you'll start noticing.
“I like to watch people walking in the streets, and create a story about what they just did or where they are going” @davilippic
“There is a street in our city that is filled with shops and it is one of the oldest ones, filled with colors, textures, people from every area of our city and then I take long walks there” @allthatiskimi
5. Listen to music
Music can be a great way to instantly get transported into a different mood and spark up ideas and inspiration. We always create from whatever emotional state we're in and by using the power of music we can affect that state.
“Song lyrics! Sometimes I'm inspired by a tune :)” @sheflourished_
6. Focus on a different sense
Sometimes getting inspired by a different sense that the one that is “natrually” connceted to what you're doing can bring out a lot of new ideas. Instead of looking for photography inspiration in visual material, why not get inspired by the sense of touch or taste?
“Going window shopping and touching all the soft/fury objects in the store” @petrovaanya
7. Get sweaty
My number one go-to thing when I'm feeing frustrated or stuck is to get my blood pumping and just shake things up by being physically active. Sometimes I go out running, swimming or even just do a little stretch. I need to get my body in a different state so that my mind can get some fresh perspectives.
8. Hang around in shops at odd hours
Yup, retail therapy works, for creativity too haha! Go to a craft store, a paper store or a shop with interesting materials that inspire you. Often it's not even about buying anything, but just about the act of strolling around and taking it all in. I particularly love hanging around in the shops at odd hours when there's very few people around.
9. Create constraints to be playful within
Creating constraints, parameters or concepts to work within will make the overwhelming amount of creative choices and decision much more fun and manageable to deal with.
“I find that I really thrive from creative constraints. “Take a photo for IG “ is too broad. But a weekend hashtag project, an @artstew52 prompt, or even a class (like Sara Tasker's Gloom & Glow) can plant a seed for an idea I'd never have come up with on its own.” @sarahdshotts
10. Play video games
This one is actually not something I've ever really tried myself but a tip I got from my boyfriend. He usually plays video games to get inspired and I thought that was a very interesting perspective.
“When you play a video game you're very focused on the task at hand, but at the same time you¨re subconsciously working on ideas in the back of your head. While you're playing you have to be creative, solve problems and think outside the box, all which are great ways to get more creative and new ideas.” The Danish lush-bearded man (aka my bf :))
What do you do to boost your creativity? Got any good ones I forgot to mention? :)
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