5 ways to boost your creativity

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I used to have this crazy idea that my creativity was something in limited supply and as a result, always tried to preserve it. Because my job is largely creative and involves coming up with ideas all the time, it’s often exhausting and I start making myself anxious with the knowledge I keep on having to produce awesome new ideas.

But now more than ever, I’m understanding that the creativity that lies within each of us is like a muscle that needs to be constantly flexed in order for it to grow and expand.

It’s only recently I’ve become much more attuned to flexing my creativity muscle and today wanted to share 5 ways to get your spark back if you’ve noticed yourself feeling flat and running out of creative steam.

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1 //  Step away from the computer + get outside. 
Working long and crazy hours all the time is NOT conducive to being creative. Sure, they’re required sometimes, but to keep up this kind of pace is really not sustainable. Step away from the computer and take some time off to do something you love.

Allow yourself the space to space to breathe and let ideas grow. You’ll be surprised by your renewed sense of energy after a decent break.

2 // Read more / Paint more / Take more pictures.
The process of creation involves the art of doing. Want to become a better writer? Read more books. Want to become a better photographer? Take more shots. It’s in the action that you learn, grow and expand.

3 // Take yourself out of your routine. Try something new. 
We humans are creatures of habit and like the certainty and familiarity of routine. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut where you don’t try anything new or break out of the comfortable world you’ve created. But it’s by stepping outside of this little zone of safety you’ve built that forces rely on yourself, problem solve; look at things in a different light + gain a new perspective – all of which fuel creative ideas to grow.

4 // Do something child like.

Draw; paint; walk through the rain with no shoes on; splash in puddles. Be playful. Laugh. Be silly. Have fun!

5 // Surround yourself with creative people.

The people you surround yourself are like a mirror beaming back at you so it makes sense if you want to be more creative to surround yourself with the genius of other creative-types. Creative people think laterally; outside the square and don’t limit themselves by their circumstances – exactly the kind of people you should surround yourself if you want to step up your creative game!

Have you ever felt like you’ve run out of creative steam? What tips do you have on sparking your creativity?

Rachel xx

 

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  • http://soniastyling.com/ Sonia from Sonia Styling

    You’re a bit of a mind reader sometimes, Rach! I was only recently berated myself for drawing a blank when it came to planning out what I wanted to blog about in the coming weeks. But then I stopped. Turned off the computer and gave myself a break. I went for walks, caught up with friends, danced, played with my puppy – basically anything but thinking – and then ideas started to flow. These tips are brilliant, thank you for sharing them. x

    • http://rachelgadiel.com/ Rachel // One Beautiful Life

      Working non-stop is overrated; it’s absolutely the space you create that allows your creativity to flow! Your breaks sound like loads of fun – puppy love and dancing work wonders for me too ;-) Glad this post was so timely for you xx

  • http://thebookorme.blogspot.com.au/. Persephone Nicholas

    Great post, thanks! If I’m ever stuck for ideas (I’m a writer), I go for a swim in the ocean or at least for a walk by the water. I find that helps clear my mind of clutter – like the endless ‘to do’ list – and frees up space for new thoughts.

    • http://rachelgadiel.com/ Rachel // One Beautiful Life

      Ooh yes, the ocean is a great place to get clarity and freedom + clear the mindless clutter. Being close to the water has a very soothing effect on me as well. Your book sounds amazing – I’m thrilled you stopped by! xx

  • http://www.ingstyleblog.com/ Ingrid @ IngStyle

    Such a beautiful post Rachel. We all need a creativity boost now and then and it always helps switching off. I also love doing something child-like like a head stand or heading to a theme park x

    • http://rachelgadiel.com/ Rachel // One Beautiful Life

      Aw, thank you Ingrid! There’s something in embracing your inner child – I love heading to theme parks as well, especially when it involves roller coasters + other adrenaline fun! xx

  • http://lovely-letters.com Lovely Letters

    Such perfect words from Maya Angelou. I couldn’t agree more!

    I think that creativity can be cultivated into a lifestyle and I’m working on pouring into creative endeavors in order to find more balance. Thank you for your accessible and tangible tips!

    xx Katie

    • http://rachelgadiel.com/ Rachel // One Beautiful Life

      Yes, Maya Angelou had so much wisdom to impart didn’t she? So glad you found these tips useful – I hope they help reinvigorate your creative projects! xx

  • http://www.emma-lou-designs.com/ Emma Lock

    Such a lovely post, I struggle with boosting my creativity sometimes. Great tips, I especially like number 4. If I am having a particularly bad day I go for a walk outside sometimes with my headphones on, fresh air can really help. Thank you for sharing!

  • Miranti

    These tips are spot-on, Rachel. I think stopping and doing something else is key. We can only force so much. When I’m feeling stuck I like to head out and about for a bit of a breather.