“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”. These golden words by the legendary artist Pablo Picasso carry significance that spans across generations. The fact is in today’s day and age monotony at workplace, college, school is part and parcel of life. Many of us end up doing the same mundane tasks day-in-and-day-out without realizing that in this process, we are killing the child in us.
In our childhood we were at our creative best. Drawing images we conjured up in our minds, trying to create the most innovative Lego structures; these and so many others were just some of the creative things we did as children.
However, as we grow up, society tends to stifle the creativity in us. This could be due to innumerable reasons like work pressure, pressure to get good grades etc. But not many realize that creativity is the vital cog in our brain that needs to be worked on regularly. Just like we work out our muscles regularly at the gym, it’s equally important to work out our creative muscles. Or else they might end up rusted like an old bicycle.
Here are some ways to boost your creative energy:
- Write something every day. Make sure you write at least a page every day. It could be on any topic that interests you. When words flow out from our brain naturally, it works out our creative muscles the most. Get more introspective and tap into your imaginative energy sources to create a work of art. It may not be of a Pablo-Picasso-quality, but everyone’s got to start somewhere, right?
- Listen to music the first thing in the morning and before you go to bed. Have you noticed how pumped up you get when you listen to a track by 50 cent at the gym? Now try changing the song to a romantic one. You’ll probably end up lifting only half the weights than normal. More studies have revealed that music is therapy and does a great job with stimulating our brains. According to a paper in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, music can decrease chronic pain by up to 20 percent. The paper reports that 60 patients participated in a controlled clinical trial and were subdivided into two groups — music and no music. The results revealed that people who listened to music for an hour each day for a week had improved physical and psychological symptoms compared to those who were deprived of music.
- Go for a walk. We all know the health benefits of walking regularly. But did you know that walking for 20-25 minutes every day can help you focus much better on tasks in hand. Walking will de-clutter our mind, leaving it clear for us to be at our creative best. Think of the brain as a black board. Walking will help erase all those unnecessary lingering thoughts in our brain and will help us focus on the most important tasks at hand. Consider walking to be an efficiency enhancing tool.
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