Being creative is something that comes naturally to some people, while others have to work a little harder at it. Creativity can benefit many areas of your life. It can help you at home when you need come up with meals to serve week after week. It can also help you at work by helping you to problem solve and be more productive. Here are five ways you can begin to stimulate your creativity.

1. Step away from your phone (unless it’s to write a JRNL entry)

A phone is one of the most common distractions. It’s always with you, so you’re more likely to grabĀ it when you need something to do. You can text, email, and check social media. If you’re constantly checking for new texts and updates, this is a waste of time. It’s unlikely anything major will have happened since you checked five minutes ago. Stop grabbing your phone when you’re waiting in line, at the doctor’s office, or even during your lunch break. Use these few free moments you have to read a book, journal, or even people watch. Break the habit spending all of your free time on your phone and you will be more likely to rediscover your passions and hobbies. If you used to write, paint, or draw, use your newfound free time to try your hand at them again.

2. Spend time in nature

Nature is one of the most inspiring environments you can spend your time in. Not only does being in nature give you time to think, you will also see amazing sights. It’s important to be in the moment when you’re in nature. Don’t be on your phone. If you bring your phone with you, turn off all sound notifications. Use this time to look at the trees, the sky, the mountains, and even the ground. Take in the beauty of the world around you. You might find that after spending time in nature you’re inspired to live differently.

3. Redesign your living space

Changing the look of your home is not only a creative project itself, but it can inspire a new way of living and change your mood and attitude. Decluttering, changing the color of the walls, moving furniture around, and bringing beautiful things such as artwork and flowers into your home can all stimulate your creative side. If you’re a painter, hang paintings that inspire you to paint more. If you’re inspired by beautiful words, frame poems you love or stencil some of your favorite words on the walls.

4. Explore different creative arts

Being creative doesn’t mean you have to be the best at whatever medium you choose. You might have an urge to draw when you’ve never done it before. You might try it and discover you don’t have a talent for it, but it still makes you happy when you do it. If you enjoy writing, try your hand at journaling, story-telling, and poetry. If you’re a painter, use different types of paints and brushes. You don’t have to stick to one thing forever and never explore. Exploring is good for artists.

5. Get out of your rut

If you’re living in a rut, this is a good way to kill your creativity. It’s hard to be creative when you see the same things and the same people and can predict every day down to the minute. If this is how you live, it’s time to shake things up. Living this way might be comfortable, but as a creative person, you need to expose yourself to different things. Decide you will try new things on a regular basis. One week you might explore a different part of town. The next week you might try a restaurant that serves a cuisine you’ve never had before. You will stimulate your creativity by exposing yourself to new things.

Improving your creativity will benefit your life in many ways. Whether you are an aspiring artist or a stay-at-home parent, creativity is something you’ll always be able to use.

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