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5 Exercises To Get The Creative Juices Flowing

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5 Exercises To Get The Creative Juices Flowing

5 Exercises To Get The Creative Juices Flowing

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We're not born creative

Some of us are better at making new connections between concepts. But this is in most cases the result of hard, deliberate work, not an accident of birth.

Walking and creativity

  • Walking helps you to get away from your daily sources of stress, thus reducing anxiety in the short term.
  • Walking improves the process of creating new analogies in your brain.

Keep your hands busy

Doing something intricate with your hands – a Rubik’s Cube, squeezing a ball, fiddling with dice – excites various parts of your brain and might actively change the way you are thinking.

Music and creativity

Listening to music can have considerable effects on the physical architecture of the brain: it can facilitate a stronger connection between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

And having better connections between the analytical and creative sides of the brain can only make you a more creative person.

Throw a ball around

Throwing a ball around makes people feel more interconnected and takes your mind off everything else – including the problem you’ve been stuck on for the last hours.

Write a Haiku

The subject matter is irrelevant. What’s important is that you think about mundane things (your day, your job, etc) in a new, abstract way.

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Find a completely unrelated creative outlet: look for a creative task with lower stakes to help ease you back into things and re-ignite your creativity and motivation.

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  1. Gather new material directly related to your task as well as learning general material by becoming fascinated with a wide range of concepts.
  2. Thoroughly work over the materials in your mind.  Examine what you have learned by looking at the facts from different angles and experimenting with fitting various ideas together.
  3. Step away from the problem. Next, you put the problem completely out of your mind and go do something else that excites you and energizes you.
  4. Let your idea return to you. After you have stopped thinking about it, your idea will come back to you with a flash of insight and renewed energy.
  5. Shape and develop your idea based on feedback. For any idea to succeed, you must release it out into the world, submit it to criticism, and adapt it as needed.
Creativity is learned

Some people are primed to be more creative than others.

However, nearly every person is born with some level of creative skill and the majority of our creative thinking abilities are trainable.

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To be creative, we have let our brains loose. The mind needs rest and time every day to daydream, imagine and get intentionally bored. Letting our minds free is an incredibly important cognitive exercise.

Take the time to expose yourself in diverse subjects, things that inspire you and dissolve boundaries can foster creativity. Identify and let go of wrong beliefs and outdated stories you tell yourself every day.