How to BOOST CREATIVITY - Improve Your Life Series - Part 1

by - November 10, 2018

Today I'm launching something I’m very excited about.  It’s called the IMPROVE YOU LIFE SERIES.  Which is about, you guessed it, improving your life.

The idea came to me when I was planning out a blog post on bettering your life.  After a little more planning, I realized it would be one mammoth post, I decided to break it into three posts, featuring one topic per week. 

Week one - creativity
Week two - energy
Week three - happiness

If you enjoy these posts and want to read one on a certain topic, just leave a comment telling me.

This week I am talking about boosting CREATIVITY.  For all of you who consider yourself a creative, be that a dancer, writer, blogger, photographer, etc. this post is for you.

All creative people have those amazing "aha" moments.  Unfortunately, with the highs, also come lows.  AKA, burnout.

The one thing we all hate.  When your ideas aren't working, when you've spent waaaay too long looking at a computer screen and can't remember the last time you drank water.

We all go through it, we all try to avoid it.  So, how do you not only avoid burnout, but also INCREASE creativity?

Follow my tips and you should be on your way to a much better creative life.

Spend time in nature

Come on, it's probably been a while since you want outside, just to look at the sky, smell the dirt and feel the wind.  Sure, you forced yourself to go for a walk, and you've ran from your car to the front door lots of times. But when did you last enjoy the sunshine for no reason except to feel it warming your skin?

With fall well underway and winter coming, it’s easy to use the weather as an excuse.  Way too easy for me, especially.  I usually loath the idea of going out and getting all chilly, but when I do, it feels wonderful.

My eyes instantly feel better, and even if I don't immediately see any major differences in my creative levels, I feel better in general.

I challenge you, today or tomorrow, to go outside for 30 minutes.  If you have time to watch a movie tonight, then you have time for this.
Don't put in earbuds, don't call your second cousin (why would you even do this?  Are you friends or something?) put your phone in your back pocket and don't touch it.

Stop and notice the sun.  Notice the wind, the sounds.  Are there birds out?  Run around or just walk.  Enjoy it, even if the weather's bad.  Make yourself enjoy it.  Pretend you're a Jane Austin character.  Whatever makes you feel alive.

Take back your mornings

Don't get me wrong, I love music.  Music can be super, duper inspiring.  BUT I've learned that when I listen to music 24/7, I often feel drained.  

It’s important to find complete quiet at times.  Lately I've tried not to grab my phone first thing in the morning, not grab a book.  Just sit.  On the edge of my bed, in silence.  Recently I was watching one of Abbiee's videos in which she said "when you first wake up those are sacred moments."  And I couldn't have said it better.   

Whether you find quiet in the morning, the evening, or when you're taking a shower, take the time to enjoy the silence.  Quiet not only the music, but also your mind, and fine peace.

Since I've been taking this time in the mornings, I have more energy and my mind is sharper.  Plus, it immediately puts me in a better mood (something I need on groggy mornings).

Don't force creativity

One thing I've learned recently is that you CANNOT force yourself to be creative.  Inspiration is everywhere, and just like your missing shirt, it turns up when you least expect it. 

There have been several instances where I dug myself out a plot-hole when I was asleep.  Literally, my dream helped me out.  Other times I find the most inspiration when I'm doing mundane task, such as washing the dishes. 

For a long time, I would write "practice drawing" or "write a chapter" on my to-do list.  As soon as I wrote down those words, along with my unenjoyable tasks, it felt like a chore.  I would dread doing it as much as cleaning the toilet. 

When I took a hiatus a while ago, I had been forcing creativity upon myself, which lead to major burnout.  My advice to you, is leave time for creativity, but learn that it is okay if you don't create anything, it’s okay if you opt out of actually creating for the day.

If you're having one creative rut sort of days, do any of the following ideas for an instant "mind refresh." 

1. Stretch, close your eyes.  Feel the sensation in your legs and arms.  Let your breathe travel up and down your body. 
2.  Like I mentioned before, spend a little time outside. 
3.  Browse Pinterest or listen to music, but don't stay on there for too long. 😉

Try new things

It’s been said over and over, but I'll say it again: try new things.  For me personally, this isn't something difficult.  I love experimenting with different art forms.  Crocheting, dancing, theatre, sketching, watercolor, card making, graphic design, writing, blogging, makeup.  The list goes on and one. 

I don't have time to do all these things on a daily basis, neither do I want to.  But I LOVE being creative, and it’s easy to get bored doing the same things repeatedly.  

When I force myself to do the same things all the time, I tend to hate doing anything creative.  Which is the opposite of what I want.  Instead, I like to give myself freedom to create in whatever way I want.  

Variety is the spice of life, like the old quote says.  Don't be afraid to try new things and step out of your comfort zone.  Who knows, you might even find your hidden talent.  

What’s something that boosts your creativity levels?  How do you beat creative burnout?  Are there any more posts you’d like to see in this series?  

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  1. YESS. Amen to all of this! Creativity is such a hard thing to "catch," but if there's a way to keep it strong, it's the ways you mentioned here! I've personally realized the importance of silence lately. I've found so many artists on spotify that I want to listen to all day long, but that doesn't allow me think and process things, so I feel stressed. I've taken to being quiet for ten minutes before I get into bed to read, just to think back on the day and relax. It's helped a ton!

    Wonderful post, Ella <3

    1. AHHH, THANK YOU! Wow, you're too sweet. YES. Silence is wonderful. 🙌 Yeah, I love spotify, but I need to turn it off more than I do. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post, Audrey! 💕

  2. These are amazing tips! Thanks!

    1. I'm glad you found them helpful! Thank you, Zella!

  3. YES!! I love this post! Especially during NaNo, creativity is so important! Great post, Ella!

    1. YAY! I'm so happy to hear that! Oh yeah, NaNo can drain creativity fast. 😅

  4. THIS POST!!!!!!!

    I've definitely experienced creative burnout and it is not fun, my friend. I've done a lot of these suggestions to help boost my creativity and THEY REALLY DO HELP. Thank you for posting this and reminding me to do these things in order to take care of my creative soul. ^-^ I especially like the nature tip because nature really does help clear your mind and give your soul some peace. I also like the one where you quoted Abbie. I remember watching the same video and thinking about how I spend my mornings. Usually, I'll wake up and feel the need to get productive ASAP. Other days, I'll only feel like laying in bed an extra hour longer to read. I then discovered that my mindset is better when I do the latter- something that is FOR ME. That is why I really enjoy writing in the morning. It helps me feel like I'm ready for the day. :)

    Anywho. I cannot thank you enough for this post. <3 I'm glad you had a good break!

    xx Kenzie |

      No, boi. Burnout is the worst. Yay, I'm happy to hear I was giving out legitimate advice. YES. Mornings set the mood for the entire day. Wow, that's great! I think I'd end up reading all day... But I'm so happy that works for you! 💗

  5. I loved this so much and I'm excited for this series! I get a really just ehhh feeling when I've been working on the computer all day and I really need to remember to take breaks and juts get outside like you said.

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

    1. EEEP, thank you so much, Nabila! Oh yeah, I totally feel you. Its easy to lose track of time and forget that you need rest.

  6. I have just found your blog & I'm in love already! I really loved this post <3 I really needed to read this! Thank YOU! <3
    Khadija | October's Lallu

    1. AWWW. Thank you so much, Khadija! Wow, that is very high praise. I hope you stick around! 💖

  7. Ahhhhh...... this is going to be so helpful! I totally will use these tips ;))

    1. You're so sweet, thank you, Elena! I hope they help you out!

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