Are you creative?

I’ve heard a lot of people say they don’t have a creative bone in their body, but we all have an amazing creative power somewhere inside of us. 

Don’t believe me? We all use our creativity every day. For example, when was the last time you had to substitute an ingredient in a recipe because you didn’t have something it called for? Or maybe you had to quickly change a protocol at work because someone called in sick. That’s creativity! Being creative doesn’t always mean being “artsy!”

Like most skills, we can actually train ourselves to get better at it. If you’re having trouble getting those creative juices flowing, here’s some things that work for me:

  • Quit thinking so much. Sometimes we’re just plain trying too hard. By taking a break and emptying your mind of all of those random thoughts, a great solution can suddenly pop into your head. Some of my best ideas actually come to me in the shower when I’m not awake enough to think.
  • Just start writing. Don’t think about whether it makes sense. Let your mind wander anywhere and everywhere. Don’t critique or judge what you write, just let it flow.
  • Get moving. Concentrating on your movements when you’re exercising, whether it’s walking or yoga, can produce a sudden flash of insight that results in the solution to a problem or a great idea.
  • Relax. Slow down and just be. Maybe visualize your favorite nature scene (a sandy beach with rolling waves and swaying palm trees is mine!) This can help clear your mind of all of those repetitive thoughts that keep spinning around in your head.

Honing your creative thinking abilities can actually be good for you. I used to laugh at my husband because he can sit on the deck and stare into the woods for, what seems like, hours. I have trouble sitting still that long. Considering he’s one of the most creative people I know, I think he’s on to something!