The daily stresses we endure can take their toll. We’re crabby, irritable, and looking for an escape.
One way to relieve that stress is by being creative. Creativity runs through all of us, we just need to know how to tap into it. Many of us make out that we’re simply ‘not creative’, however, and we often let that hold us back.
In this article, I’ll be running through some of the ways in which we can all bring creativity into our daily lives — whether we’re an artist, cashier or engineer.
Claim Your Own Space
Spark creativity by creating an inspirational space. This should be available only to you (whether it’s a room, desk, or the kitchen table) during certain times.
It should allow you to organize your supplies without worry. Because when it comes to a creative space, organization is key. If you have everything laid out everywhere, you’ll be more focused on the mess rather than the task at hand.
If it’s an area you can decorate, go for it. Place trinkets, home decor, and images that’ll spark inspiration.
Leave No Room For Doubt
A lot of people avoid tapping into their creative energy due to fear. We’re fearful of being terrible artists or worried about the judgement of our work.
It’s time to let go of those doubts. The simplest way to do that is by jumping in head-first. Don’t give doubt a second to rent a space in your head. As soon as you have an idea, execute it. Forget the outcome.
Be bold, be subtle, whatever way you want to be — just do it. Unleash your inner artist and enjoy the ride. Even if your work doesn’t come out how you imagined, so what? If you enjoyed the process, that’s all that matters.
Leave your phone in another room, turn off notifications, and create something. Forget everything else. Become focused on executing your idea rather than what’s happening around you. Think of it as an escape — even if you’re not going anywhere.
After all, slipping softly into your creative reverie is cheaper than booking a vacation somewhere, even though you reap the same benefits — a reduction in your stress and anxiety levels.
So make creativity a priority. Make the time to sit down and do nothing else but work artistically. Let friends and family know when you’re in your room or at your desk and you don’t want to be disturbed. This is your time.
Seek Inspiration Offline
The internet has a lot to offer, indeed, but it also causes a lot of problems. When we spend too much time searching for inspiration, we’re left comparing ourselves and our work to what we see elsewhere
When this happens, we doubt our ability. We’re left wondering if we’ll ever be as good as the others we see.
From time to time, find inspiration offline. Go outside and look to nature. Or, visit a new place you’ve never been to. You never know, these new experiences may be the key to unlocking more of your creativity.
Leave Your Perfectionism Behind
A lot of artists can relate to the feeling of perfectionism. It’s when everything you do needs to be, well, perfect. If it’s not, you think you’ve failed.
This way of thinking won’t help you. All it does is make your work suffer.
No matter your experience level, don’t get caught up with this feeling. Your creativity and what stems from it belongs to you. It doesn’t need to hang in a gallery — the only opinion that matters is yours.
Even if you aren’t happy with what you produced, practice makes for improvement. Only then can you get to where you want to be.