We can all get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. And for those of us who are creative or artistic, it can feel like the world is sucking your soul if you don’t find ways to be creative.
So how can we stay creative in the midst of stressful jobs, family obligations, financial difficulties, and all of the other things life might throw our way?
There are several different things you can do to remain creative.
1. Write “brain dumps.”
Carry a journal or create a new document on your computer where you’re allowed to write every single thing you’re thinking. Give yourself ten or fifteen minutes at a particular time in the day and just let yourself write down everything that comes across your mind. This might be something you do in the morning, it might be something you implement into your lunch break, or it could be your post-work ritual.
2. Get centered with meditation.
Even if you only have a few minutes at the beginning of the day or several five-minute intervals throughout the day, take whatever time you can to sit in the silence and connect with your inner wisdom. I believe creativity comes from the divine. Take the time to connect with the divine–whatever that means to you.
3. Use different colored sticky notes.
Decorate your room with brightly colored sticky notes. They can be different creative ideas you may have or perhaps you’ll want to put up affirmations. They will brighten up your space and inspire you with different ideas you have maybe been overlooking.
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4. Surround yourself with other creative people.
Sometimes the most inspiring thing you can do is to connect with others who are creating. You may start collaborating or you can just have creative meet ups. I have several friends who I often get together with and write while they paint. It always makes me more creative to be in a space where others are creating.
5. Create a vision board.
Find images that represent everything you want in your life: what kind of relationships you want, what kind of job you want, and what kind of projects you would like to create. Place it somewhere you can see it often and allow it to inspire you every day.
These are just a few suggestions that will help you to retain your creativity even when life is chaotic and stressful. How do you hold on to your creativity?