Psychological Tricks To Help You Boost Creativity
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” – Mary Lou Cook
Many people are naturally creative with whatever they do but if you’re one of those who find themselves in an endless loop of searching for creativity then all you need is a little practice and some hard work.
What you need to remember is that; creativity is not passive. It requires you to stroke that motivational bone that we all have in us and stops getting discouraged when things don’t turn out the way we want them to.
Creative thinking keeps us active, encourages positive out-of-the-box thinking, and enhances our psychological and cognitive skills.
Tricks To Boost Creativity
To boost your creative process, you can try these tricks:
1. Walk & Think
Research shows that people are more creative when they are walking or physically active than when sitting down. Physical activity helps release chemicals in our brains that boost our cognitive health and increase motivation.
Next time you find yourself in a creative fix, go for a walk.
2. Inspire Yourself
Surround yourself with things that spark inspiration and makes you act on it. Brainstorm ideas with like-minded people or go for a nature walk. This will help distract you from the monotonous situations and environment and increase creativity.
3. Psychological Distance
When you find yourself facing a creative block, place some distance between yourself and your problem. This trick will help you think more clearly and come up with creative solutions.
4. Stay Curious
Asking yourself “why” can help you increase your creative powers. Being curious about things can help you mentally explore more and develop a higher degree of creativity. Don’t limit yourself to a particular situation but rather stay curious.
5. Day Dream
Distraction is not hard to find these days. If you’re unable to think creatively, let yourself get bored. Boredom encourages creativity as it leads people to act or do something to stay mentally active.
6. Create A Mind Map
A mind map is kind of a visual board of your ideas and thoughts. Write down a certain idea you’d like to work on and link it to the techniques you would like to use to reach your goal. When you’re working on your mind map, you are letting your mental space gain freedom and creativity.
7. Be Emotional
Emotions are linked to your mental capacity. Positive and negative emotions can help increase creativity. Don’t attract negative emotions just to get creative though. When, next time you find yourself thinking about negative things, put that energy into action and try to solve a problem rather than brooding over it.
8. Blue Is Good
The color blue, according to color psychology, arouses creativity. Blue is the color that depicts intelligence and is soothing. Surrounding yourself with the color can help you think calmly and creatively than any other color on the spectrum.
Meditation or specific relaxation techniques can help you increase your creative thinking. Open-monitoring meditation – where a person is open to all thoughts and feelings – can help increase imagining power and create new ideas.
Meditating even for a few minutes every day can help boost your creativity.
Creativity is not a trait that people are born with but it is something that can be trained. Give yourself some time, patience, and a lot of room for trial and error. Keep track of your progress and be consistent. With patience and persistence, you’ll be able to evolve your creative muscles.
These psychological tricks can come in handy to help boost your creativity. Find inspiration, put your mind to it, and get creative. Take some risks every day but don’t let your failure stop you from staying creative.
Be creative, keep thinking, and stay positive!