A lot of us believe that creativity is innate, a gift that is endowed to us when we were born. However, if you come to think of it, there are some hobbies or skills that we can learn and polish. Other individuals who are more committed and consistent in mastering what they love can even surpass those who were born with an artistic streak, because just like talent if you don’t hone it and forget about it, your brain will forget that it’s something you’ve always had.
If you realized that you want to be a great painter, writer, cook, or whatever it is that you want to pursue, try following these useful ways of training your mind to become more creative.
Develop A Hunger for Knowledge. The pursuit for more knowledge will be your ticket to achieving creativity. You should feed your brain with information on things that perk your interest, and perhaps those that don’t just as long as you’re expanding your learning. Be open to fresh insights and approaches. If you have tried a concept that you just learned, don’t dismiss it right away. Give it one shot. You might like it. For example, if you’ve been reading on knitting but find the instructions rather difficult, don’t stop there. Instead, try purchasing some basic tools and try knitting first hand. Who knows? You may even be able to knit yourself a quilt! “When you challenge yourself to learn a new skill, you are building your intellectual health. People who pay attention to their intellectual wellness often find that they have better concentration, improved memory, and better critical thinking skills.” Marjie L. Roddick, MA, NCC, LMHC said.
Use Both Sides Of Your Brain. It’s not true that only those that have dominant right brains get to be creative. Perhaps they’re a step ahead of you, but if they don’t use that advantage, then it’ll all be put to waste. If you are, on the other hand, right-brain dominant, don’t just try to be creative – practice being analytical as well. Use both sides of your brain so equally hone your creative and analytical skills. Studies revealed that appreciation for something physical activates the right brain, while analysis and language stimulate the left brain. Note that “Neuroscientists have found that brain structure is altered by chronic exposure to the stress hormone cortisol, which can be a major contributing factor to anxiety and depression. Feelings of calm arise from time away from work and relieve stress, which allows the body and mind to heal in ways that it couldn’t if it were still under pressure.” Shannon Torberg, PsyD, LP said.
However, creativity uses both sides of the brain, as it needs you to think about how to create something beautiful and to find ways and means to achieve a beautiful art, thing, music, or idea.
Be Wild And Carefree. The easiest ways to wake your creativity is by seeking your imaginative and original side, such as when you were still a child. If you recall, you would play pretend house and imagine that you were cooking or eating pizza. You would try to munch as if you were eating something, but nothing is inside your mouth. Then you would pretend to fix the house by fixing the table, calling someone on the phone and telling ‘a friend’ how lovely your house is. Try doing this again now – at your current age. Think wild and don’t limit yourself. Imagining that you are in another place may help you appreciate the different colors that you see when you close your eyes and think about the kind of art that you want to pursue. If you have a pen and paper, try sketching your dream house or dream wedding gown. Or if you want to be a great writer, start with writing a blog.
Don’t Exhaust Your Brain. According to Gretchen Flores, MA LPC LCPC, “Rest time is essential to recover from the burden of stressors in our day to day lives. Rest can include sleep, relaxing, time doing something that you enjoy doing such as reading, fishing, calling a good friend.” If you’ve been working on the exercises or approaches above, but you feel like you can’t achieve your purpose, take a break. Don’t push yourself too hard or else once you feel a block somewhere, you might want to give up for good. Take a few minutes of a breather, so the inspiration returns. Creativity can be learned, but it can’t be forced, especially when the brain doesn’t want to work at that moment. Fuel it with food or exercise and be refreshed by hydrating yourself.
If you’ve succeeded in your desire to become creative, congratulations! Now, cherish what you have by practicing it regularly. If you haven’t, then work your way back and try doing it slowly. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’ll get there.