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Ways To Focus On Your Creative Side

This article by Sarah Sielinski really caught my attention as it highlights some totally original, yet proven ways to focus on your creative side. We’ve all heard about the light bulb moment you can have in the shower. It’s obviously not just the shower, but anywhere away from your normal place of work, be it the bath tub, going for a run, driving etc.  As you’ll see in the following excerpt, the idea of allowing your mind to wander can encourage creativity.

Ways To Focus On Your Creative Side

Ways To Focus On Your Creative SideDowntime also seems to reset the brain. In an upcoming study in Psychological Science, Schooler and his colleagues gave volunteers creativity problems followed by a period of rest. During that rest period, some were assigned a demanding task that kept the brain fully occupied, while a second group got a simpler task that allowed for mind wandering. A third group was given no task at all. Afterward, they all went back to try to complete the original problems. Those who could let their minds wander during the resting time were more likely to solve the creativity problems.

Researchers aren’t quite sure why mindless tasks help the creative process, Schooler says, but it could be that such tasks allow two different brain networks that aren’t usually turned on at the same time to be active. Schooler says: “It’s possible that there’s some opportunity for cross talk that’s useful.”

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If you read the whole article on ways to focus on your creative side, then you’ll have seen that there were also suggestions to work in a blue room, live abroad, watch a funny video and to sleep on it.  Who’d have thought that working in a blue room could induce creativity? And a red room could induce anxiety which apparently helps with focus? Living abroad was an interesting one. Perhaps if you lived abroad, worked in a blue room, watched funny videos, and slept in the bath you’d be as creative as is humanly possible?

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Focus On Being Creative?

I was taken by this article written by Carrie Barron for Psychology Today as I for one have always been practical and sought enjoyment and satisfaction through being creative, namely with home renovations.  Do you ever focus on being creative? Her article explains how Dr Kelly Lambert has discovered a relationship between the use of your hands, cultural habit and mood.

Focus On Being Creative?

Consider how you felt the last time you made something by hand.  Whether it was a cake, a home improvement project, a garden, or a scrapbook, it was absorbing and satisfying, right? Maybe you even had a moment or more of euphoria.

Creating something with your hands fosters pride and satisfaction, but also provides psychological benefits. Because it can uncover and channel inner stirrings, wounds smart less and growth ensues. When you make something you feel productive, but the engagement and exploration involved in the doing can move your mind and elevate your mood. As you sift, shape, move and address your project your inner being moves too. As one of my clients said, “It isn’t so much what you can do, but what you do do.” The process itself provides value.  If we can treasure doing as much as having done we provide new avenues for success, self-esteemor self-repair.

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I think we all have it in us to be creative in some respect and it’s all too easy to lose focus on being creative. As Sir Ken Robinson (creativity expert) quite rightly points out (in my opinion), as we’re all put through education, we’re all steered towards financial security and subjects that put is the in the best stead for getting a well-paid job.  At the same time, we’re often steered away from out creative side, the arts subjects, which is often where people are in their element.  I’ve featured this clip a few times on this blog now, but in case you missed it, I thought I’d feature it again.  It’s 20 minutes long but entertaining and quite frankly, brilliant.

Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

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