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8 Scientific Ways to Get Inspired and Be Creative

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Completing mindless chores gets you up and moving and helps make room for inspiration to flow.

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8 Scientific Ways to Get Inspired and Be Creative

8 Scientific Ways to Get Inspired and Be Creative

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Take a Nap

Dreaming is a source of inspiration because your brain is working even when you’re asleep.

If you can’t seem to break through your brainstorming session, take a nap.

Drink

People who are concentrating too hard will sometimes block the creative processes necessary for problem-solving.

A drink or two might just help calm your brain.

Listen to Music

Music can put you into a “mind-wandering” state that’s perfectly conducive to coming up with new and creative ideas.

Stare Out the Window

Daydreaming is linked to creativity.

The greatest insights come when we stop trying to be so purposeful.

Take a Shower

Taking a shower is relaxing. It is also distracting, which helps your subconscious do its work. 

Go for a Walk

Walking increases creativity.

We don't need to use too much effort into walking, we just need to leave the mind free to wander.

Wash the Dishes

Washing dishes mindfully by smelling the soap and feeling the shape of the dishes can increase mental stimulation.

Do Your Chores

Completing mindless chores gets you up and moving and helps make room for inspiration to flow.

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