6 Ways to Fire Up Your Creative Spark in 30 Minutes or Less
Updated: Sep 10
We all have blocks in creativity from time to time. Usually, this means we need to take a break from our normal routine and do something else. Sometimes we need a long break and sometimes a short break. Either way, getting out of the rut requires a different movement and momentum.
Are you in your rut? Not feeling very creative, but have a little time to try and boost that creative spark? Below you’ll find several tips that will set your brain back in motion in just 30 minutes or less!
1. Get creative and create something.
By using your hands to create something new, you stimulate
your brain to think creatively. Using both hands can engage both hemispheres of the brain and allow some of the neural pathways to talk to each other in new ways. Buy some modeling clay and see what you can make. Take up knitting or crocheting. Try baking something (especially bread dough that you can knead yourself). Paint some rocks. Do a silly kids' craft. Color in a coloring book. Put a jigsaw puzzle together. It can be anything that you don't do on the regular and gets you moving and using your hands. The key is to put your fingers in motion.
2. Get creative by getting outside –
Specifically in a green space. Studies have shown that exposure to green places stimulates the brain in numerous
ways – one being in the areas associated with creativity. To get your fill of green, visit a park. Take a walk or if you’re feeling more adventurous take a hike. Hang out with your favorite tree. Go to an arboretum or botanical garden near you. Have some space? Try gardening. Place your feet barefoot in the grass. The goal here is to find an outdoor space and activity that you enjoy and can partake in for your 30-minute or longer break.
3. Get creative by spending time with your BFF.
There is a reason you and this person are besties. They probably fill you with joy and you both have tons of fun together and really understand one another. It's all the good things you could ask for in another person. By getting together with someone you know well and have come to trust, you can relax and talk about the things that are really on your mind. Your BFF is the perfect person to brainstorm with, or even to talk out a problem. And who knows, they might even have the solution you’re seeking!
4. Get creative by trying yoga.
The gentle movements involved in yoga make it an ideal exercise for anyone. But did you know that there were specific poses said to inspire creativity? Yoga Journal posted about some of them in this article HERE, check them out. Add to this the fact that yoga is known to reduce stress and relax the mind. That means it’s the perfect exercise for the person who is stuck and needs to find a creative spark.
5. Cet creative and try something you’ve never done before.
By experimenting with a new skill, or even a new recipe, you stimulate parts of the brain that you haven’t used in that way before. Need ideas? I would suggest checking out Pinterest. Make boards full of ideas and inspiration. Not only can you try something new but you have other visuals to add in helping that spark come back. Trying something new inspires new connections in your neural networks, which are so necessary for creative thinking.
6. Last but not least – get creative by taking a nap.
It could be that you’re just too tired to be creative. Half an hour is the perfect amount of time for a cat nap, to rest and recharge that brain! Of course, you can always take a nap for longer, this is just the bare minimum to help rev the brain pathways back into action.
Having a limited amount of time shouldn’t keep you from being creative. There are a lot of things you can try in only 30 minutes or less. The key is to get your mind engaged in something new or interesting. Pay attention to what works (take note of your future self), and then consider using whatever caused the spark to create a new habit. That will keep the creativity flowing year-round!
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