Life in school was not very easy for me. At least not in art class. I remember the face I made every time Art teacher gave us another project to do. I would be assigned to make banners for World AIDS Day and more banners for Independence Day and Teacher’s Day and Science Day. I was always looking to revamp my creativity, but it never stirred up.
Obviously, I always ran out of ideas. I would repeat the same designs over and over again. The same fonts, the same color palette. I eventually told myself I was not creative. I labelled it onto myself and made that an excuse to say no to people who asked me to help with greeting cards, DIY projects or doodling.
Indeed, It took me a lot of time to discover that creativity to me, was writing, not painting or doing DIY projects. I took a while to wash away the label I had been hiding behind for so long.
If you can relate to this, I want to tell you that you are creative! You don’t need to neglect your own unique ideas just because someone else has better ideas. This world is waiting for ideas like yours and you simply shouldn’t throw away all your talent just like that. Maybe you’re not very good at what they call ‘art’. I am telling you- You are creative, only in a different way.
That being said, let’s get into 8 ways you can up your creativity!
- Tolerate Boredom: I’m serious. We’re so often in search of excitement and fun things to do. We constantly feel the need to fill up our time with doing something. Even if it means browsing irrelevant stuff or scrolling on our Facebook feeds for hours – only because we don’t like to be bored. But what we don’t realize is that, the best of ideas can’t come to us if our minds are already preoccupied. Boredom allows your mind to de-clutter from the external world that eternally feeds us. With an I-don’t-have-anything-fun-to-do mind, you can expect a Eureka moment anytime!
- Tidy up the house: A study said, “The University of California gathered thirty couples for a study on stress hormones. Those who described their house as messy or chaotic displayed increased levels of cortisol, a steroid hormone produced in the adrenal gland in response to stress. Click here to read. Another study found that women were more adversely affected by clutter than men” A clean house significantly reduces stress and brings peace and calm. In a clean and de-cluttered space, ideas will flow as easy as pie! Undoubtedly, A clean space affects the way you behave and respond. What were you thinking?
- Be alone for some time every day: Everyone needs to have some alone time. Use this time to think, introspect, write down thoughts or just sit quietly without doing anything. Go for a long stroll if you will. If you’re always cluttered with things outside, you don’t leave room to discover the ideas deep inside. This is the time to connect with who you are when you’re all alone.
- Experiment: When it comes to art, nothing is right or wrong. So, don’t shy away from trying to create something. Do that bold red lipstick sometime. Wear odd clothes if you think it looks funky and creative. Try mixing up ingredients in your dinner recipe. Creativity comes from daring to be different. So many ideas are wasted because they were never tried. This is also for all of us who can’t dare to do something new. Try picking up a hobby. One you think you suck at. We can’t tell what might happen! You are just one decision away from a totally different life.
- Ask questions: Don’t be afraid to look stupid. Ask your question. EVERY SINGLE TIME. As silly as, “At a movie theater, which arm rest is yours? The right one, or the left one?” Think about these weird things and other weird things in your life. A creative person never goes with the majority. He questions it and finds his own unique ‘why’. I remember being shy and not asking questions I had in school. If I had asked those questions, I’m pretty sure I could get an A in math. If you’re asking questions, you’re a good learner. You are learning from life and in addition to that, asking questions is part of it. Besides, a little more knowledge never hurt anyone.
- Take time to appreciate art: A lot of these things seem boring at first. Nonetheless, go to a museum. Go to an art gallery, or an artist’s exhibition. Watch a film. Go to a drama show. You will be thrilled by the sense of beauty from the eyes of other people. Unlike teenagers who are always self-absorbed, your understanding of humanity will expand for good. I love watching documentaries that take me back to history. More than a billion people in this world, plenty of ideas for a lifetime! What a wonderful world! Art is everywhere, we only need to stop and stare!
- Up your Observation skills: There is great joy in sitting in a corner of a park bench and staring at everyone passing by (in a non-creepy manner, of course). Simply looking at people gives you so much insight about various things happening deep inside them. You will develop sensitivity and emotional intelligence. You’ll learn to know someone just be looking at the way they respond. It will help you see people the way God sees us. Try it out!
- Socialize: You know how it’s a trend not to go to family gatherings because they’re boring and clumsy? Break that rule. Go to the gathering, talk with your cousins. Spend time with your grandparents and listen to their stories. Learn how to keep a conversation going. With everything going on in the world, you can never tell what anyone is going through. It is best to talk, share feelings and ideas- that’s what we do as humans. Besides, talking with strangers is a confidence exercise. You’ll be amazed at the way you develop warmth and likeability. Suddenly, everyone will want to be with you!
Those were my 8 tips to allow ourselves to become more creative! What else can you do to get creative? Tell me in the comments.