by Julie Plenty
Creativity is your birthright but can often be hidden in the everyday. To facilitate your personal development and self growth, here are somecreativity tips you can use to resurrect, refresh and enhance your creative faculties.
1. Look after yourself.
Sleep well/Eat well/meditate/do what you enjoy and do it more often (if it is lifeenhancing!). Creativity is reduced when your senses are dulled.
2. Do something different.
We do so much on auto - the route we take to work, newspaper we read, TV programmes we routinely watch. Vary oneelement of your regular routine for a while. If feasible, take a different route to work, read a different newspaper (especially one you would never read!).
3. Be curious about your world aroundyou.
It always amazes me when people don't see what's around them. See the area you live/work in as a tourist would. How would you explore it if you were a tourist?
4. Read a book on something youpreviously had no interest in.
...and see if you can create interest whilst reading it. It is my belief that no topic is boring or uninteresting if it is enthusiastically and creatively presented.You know what you like - or you like what you know?
5. Do something childlike once in a while.
...and you don't have to have the children there as an 'excuse' to do it. Sit and play onswings/draw/paint'silly' pictures - have fun. Children are incredibly creative and as adults we could learn a lot about how they view the world.
6. Create/prepare quiet time for yourself everyday.
Not to doanything (unless it relaxes you),but just to clear and refresh your mind. We are human beings, not doings. There are times when our crowded schedule and minds don't allow space and time for the creativeto be welcomed in. Einstein liked to go sailing in the afternoons after working in the morning. Okay, most of us don't have this opportunity, but you get the point.
7. Ask 'what if' questions....