Simple Mental Exercises to Improve Your Creativity

When it comes to being creative, some may think that with the bat of an eye, ideas will begin to flow in seamlessly. While that may be the case most of the time, there will be moments when your brain seems to go on hiatus and your next best thought seems ions away. Suffering from mental blocks can leave you feeling frustrated and unproductive for hours on end. Fortunately, there are things you can do and exercises you can implement from the comfort of your desk to get your creative process back on track!

Word games

This may seem a bit old fashioned or even off your radar, but the next time you feel as though your creative mind is on strike, reach for a word game such as a crossword puzzle or seek-and-find. Word games tend to pull you out of your current mindset by offering you another task to focus on. Your memory will be jogged as you activate your problem solving skills in a less-than-strenuous activity. If the majority of your day is spent in front of the computer, you may want to keep an actual book of word games and puzzles nearby in your desk drawer or briefcase. If your lifestyle is more on-the-go, there are several apps available that you can access from your smartphone or tablet.

Just breathe

Really, it is as easy as it sounds. A lot of times when you feel creatively stuck, you become flustered which almost immediately clouds your ability to think clearly. When you find yourself in a situation like this, give yourself a moment to try a breathing exercise. Your brain needs oxygen to function, so it is imperative to your creativity that you maintain a healthy oxygen supply. Slow down for a minute, and remember to breathe. To complete a breathing exercise, all you need to do is sit up straight and plant your feet firmly into the ground to root yourself. You may place your hands on your abdomen to ensure that you are inhaling correctly. Breathe in through your nose, holding the air in for 10 seconds. Then exhale through your mouth, pushing the air out loudly. Repeat these motions for 5 minutes. Try to incorporate this simple yet effective practice into your daily routine to help maximize your creativity. Breathing exercises not only boost your creativity levels, they also balance your oxygen levels to reduce stress and negativity.

Listen to a guided meditation

It’s no secret that meditation is one of the best ways to silence your mind while centering yourself. A lot of times (especially for novice mediators), people find it difficult to shut off their thoughts in order to reap the full benefits of meditation. This is where guided meditation comes in handy. As you close your eyes, you will listen to an instructor's voice over calm, relaxing music. Allow their words to guide you into a meditative state as your mind goes on a mental journey. As you begin to relax, you are freeing your mind from clutter, therefore allowing creativity to seep back in. Guided meditations are a great way to get you back on track, and they are widely available through smartphone apps or a brief search on YouTube!

The next time you find yourself in creative misery, choose from one of these exercises to give your mind a boost! It’s so easy to get wrapped up in projects and deadlines that it should be no wonder your brain goes kaput. Take a few moments to bring your creative process back to life by nurturing your mind and slowing down!

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Written by Gabriel Patel

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