5 Top Tips for Nurturing Creativity

Feeling low on finding fresh and creative ideas? Facing writer’s block?
Try these suggestions and solutions from creativity experts:

  1. Take Walks for Exercise: Go Alone

Your creativity lives in your right brain, and your right brain is very much visual and ‘image oriented’. And this right brain is also  completely nonverbal, therefore feeding your right brain images tends to prime it up.

These images in the right brain are translated by your left brain into words. Physical movement seems to enhance this image-creation process. So here is tip # 1: Go for a daily walk.

It doesn’t matter where you go, you can walk in a park, or stroll through your local shopping mall, but walk regularly.

Also, it is more effective if you go alone. That way, you can be alert to your environment, being free of any distracting conversations with another walking companion

As you walk and look around you, you’re feeding your brain with images. When you return and go back to your writing. You will notice that you’ll write much more easily.

  1. Take Baths or Showers in the morning

Nobody knows why but it is common observation that water enhances your creativity. It can also be annoying; you climb under the shower and before you know it you get a great idea for your writing. Keep a notepad in the bathroom so that you can capture these ideas.

  1. Play around with your Writing: Make It Fun

Do whatever it takes to visually mark your notes: coloring pencils, paints, drawing pads. Doodling is known to stimulate creativity, so do it several times during the day. The idea is to relax, have fun and enjoy the colors. When you get back to writing, you will notice rush of new ideas

  1. Relax, and Take Deep Breaths Every Hour or So

Writing is stressful. As an unintended consequence, you may find yourself tensing up. This leads to restlessness, or worse, it can kill your creativity. So, at least once an hour during your writing sprees stand up and take several long, slow deep breaths. Stretch your body. You would be amazed at the difference it makes.

  1. Use Your Imagination to “See” Tasks getting completed

Before you start a writing task, close your eyes for a moment. In your imagination,

  • see yourself writing easily and effortlessly
  • see yourself enjoying your writing
  • see yourself completing your writing task and being thrilled with what you’ve created.

This is mental “autosuggestion”  or self hypnosis . This is found to be very powerful, as it directly affects the sub conscious mind and help bring about short and long term behavioral improvements