You know what’s good for the soul? Doodling, painting, singing, dancing and everything in between!
Creative activities help improve mood, confidence, focus and so much more. Creativity is often lauded as a natural gift, but in all truth, talent has little to do with it. Creativity, like anything else, is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed. The greatest artists throughout history practiced endlessly, struggled in their craft, were criticized by their peers and many didn’t even become recognized for their works until long after their deaths! Becoming good at anything takes patience and practice. The more time you focus on your creative pursuits, the more your skills will grow. Here are eight ways to foster your creativity.
1. Create the Right Environment
Everyone can be creative, but sometimes we need an environment that fosters creativity. Find a place and time where you can relax, reflect, and be alone with your thoughts. If you want to dance, turn up the music and let it flow through you.
2. Draw, Color, and Doodle
Adult coloring books aren’t all the rage for no reason. This simple activity is an excellent way to relax and unwind. Experts cite that doodling can help you stay present, engaged and focused. In her book The Doodle Revolution, Suni Brown notes that some of history’s greatest minds like Henry Ford and Steve Jobs would doodle to fuel their creativity. Doodling can enhance recall, activating unique neurological pathways that lead to new insights.
3. Get Outside and Move
Exercise and outdoor activities are proven to elevate the mood, improve cognitive performance and foster creativity. Many Silicon Valley Innovators even have “walking meetings” to allow their staff time to think and come up with new, innovative ideas. So, take the dog for a walk or do some yoga to enjoy the sunshine and get those creative juices flowing!
Play isn’t just important for creativity, it’s necessary. Research has shown that children who are encouraged to play grow up to be more creative adults. Just because you’re already an adult doesn’t mean you can’t reap the benefits. Keep toys and objects to tinker with around your creative space. Role play with your kids. Play board games. Let your imagination guide you.
5. Try Something New
Keep an eye out for art classes offered in your community. Getting out of your artistic comfort zone can inspire interesting results. Don’t want to leave the house? I really enjoy websites like CreativeBug, CreativeLive, and SkillShare for a variety of crafts, how-to videos and inspiration.
6. Check out the Experts
Check out podcasts, tutorials, blogs and information designed to educate and inform you about your chosen medium. There are some fantastic blogs and podcasts on nearly any subject, just do a quick Google search to find one that suits you.
7. Keep an Art Journal or Sketchbook
No one starts out as a fantastic artist, but keeping a book of your work will show you how far you’ve come. My son has dozens of sketchbooks collected over the years. He used to be very insecure about his drawings, thinking he wasn’t good at something he enjoyed so much. Now he enjoys looking back over his artistic journey and seeing how his skills evolved.
8. Remember that Practice Really Does Make Perfect
It may take you some time to produce work you’re really proud of and want to share with others. Malcolm Gladwell has claimed that about 10,000 hours of “deliberate practice” are needed to become world-class in any field. While that may seem extreme, practice until you get the results you are looking for. Don’t give up just because the works you envision don’t happen as soon as you want them to.
The BioElementis team loves to find new ways to explore our creativity - and unwind. How do you express your creativity? We'd love to see what you create!