There are so many advantages of being a creative person and one of the key benefits is how it can relieve stress. There seems to be a misconception that creativity is saved for the select few. With a willingness to learn and the drive to start, you can be creative so get going.
The mental benefits
Art is something that can greatly decrease stress for the mind and body. Like creativity, art has many misconceptions surrounding it. Some think that you have been creating masterpiece sculptures and paintings to be considered an artist, whilst others think that you have to be born with that level of talent. Whether you can paint a face like a camera took it or a stick man is work of art to you, we are all born with an innate desire to express ourselves, which many people don’t take advantage of. Although creativity is not just limited to art, activities like painting, sculpting, drawing and photography are relaxing hobbies that can lower your stress levels and leave you feeling mentally clear and calm.
Being able to take in any little detail where you are is something to be proud about as this gives you a massive advantage when needing to make a short story or spice up the way your day went when talking to someone. An observant person can make a walk to the shop or even get out of bed seem way more exciting than it actually is, and this stimulates the brain more allowing it to actively think, giving you a clearer mind.
As Steve Jobs once said: “Creativity is just connecting things. You ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. They were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesise new things”. That’s exactly what you can start doing by being more observant as soon as you wake up; creativity waits for no one, so it’s best to start whilst reading this.
Brand spanking new
Another way to stimulate your creativity is by trying something new, 7OUR BR8IN DO3S M02T 0F TH3 W06K ANYW5Y. If you were able to read the previous sentence, well done! You have successfully worked with your brain to create logical words despite the numbers, creative! By going out of your comfort zone more often, you’ll be able to stimulate your brain allowing you to come up with ideas that you’ve otherwise never experienced. Take a class on a topic that’s completely outside of your regular experiences in your life, like a class on circus skills or yoga. If you’ve never tried poetry or freestyle rapping, you could get a notebook and start writing. This study shows brain scans of freestyle rappers with the goal to understand the neuroscience behind the skill.
“We think what we see is a relaxation of ‘executive functions’ to allow more natural de-focused attention and uncensored processes to occur that might be the hallmark of creativity,” says Allen Braun, a neuroscientist at the U.S. National Institute on Deafness. What that means, is that the rappers were able to remove themselves from the logical thinking that happens in their brains so that the creative side could come through. Crazy right! You’ll be able to rap with no problem, just how Y0UR M1ND 15 R34D1NG 7H15 4U70M471C4LLY W17H0U7 3V3N 7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17.
Children are very inquisitive and ask many questions. This is because of their burning desire to learn more about how life works, as well as them having farfetched ideas of why mummy puts on make-up or why daddy has his special magazine-hiding place, and this is due to their overactive brains. A good way to get the brain going again is by asking any questions that come into your mind. The best way to get this experience is through a conversation with a child. You’ll notice as they fire questions at you, they’ll do it with genuine inquest plastered on their face and that’s how you should start to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to let your mind wonder a little bit as well, it stimulates the mind to daydream from time to time.
Study about it
So many people say that creativity can’t be taught, if that is true then why are there art, music and acting schools? The most creative people seem to learn new things constantly. You’ll find many creative people improving on the latest phone out, new technology or a car, how do they do that? They learn new techniques that improve and innovate, which leads to investment in a new product if successful. So set aside time to study the life of Walt Disney, Steve Jobs or George Washington Carver. That can help boost your creativity.
Can you think of any other ways you can be creative? Let us know in the comments below.