Tips to Help with Creativity Block and Get Inspiration for any Project
No matter what line of creative work you’re in—fashion designer, jewelry maker, custom furniture designer—one day you will come face-to-face with the all-too-familiar and loathed imagination-stealer known as creative block. While it does happen to the best of us, there are some simple ways that may be able to remove that road blockage when/if it occurs. To learn the top 5, continue reading below.
5. Get some Shut Eye—It may sound too simple but giving your over worked brain some rest might just be the trick you need to replenish your cells and restore all of your creativity juices. In fact, according to studies, a lack of sleep will directly affect the frontal lobe of the brain. This important area not only affects our speech, but also our novel and creative thinking as well, making it rather difficult to come up with imaginative words or ideas. As an added bonus, your muse just may very well come to you in the form of a dream, so make sure you have a handy note pad lying around so you can scribble down what you see/hear.
4. Listen to Some Tunes—Listening to some of your favorite music may also enable you to unhinge your brain and evoke a blanket of creativity. Classical music specifically has been said to be able to have the similar affects as sleeping by stimulating parts of the brain that help people think more creatively. If Mozart isn’t exactly your cup of tea however, any type of relaxing, feel-good music can transition you into a state of reflection and inspiration.
3. Doodle Aimlessly—You don’t have to be the best drawer, but doodling can actually help you come up with some really innovate ideas. This is because experts suggest that doodling and sketching actually reflects what our subconscious is thinking. So you may already have a really great idea stored in the back of the brain but need a little help to flush it out. Doodling may just be plumber.
2. Mix-it-Up and Get Some Air. If you’re struggling to come up with ideas for your next big project, instead of holding yourself hostage in your work studio until the light bulb turns on, go outdoors and do a little exploring. Don’t force the creativity, it’ll come to you. While exploring, look closely at the outside elements and pay attention to color, texture and shape; you can gain inspiration from even the most banal things. Even going for a walk to your favorite restaurant or hanging out at the local park, zoo, museum or aquarium can be very inspiring. On the plus side, you need fresh oxygen to help your brain function at its maximum potential so don’t keep yourself cooped up in a stifling home office. Just remember to take a camera and note pad with you so you don’t forget the elements that stick out to you.
1. Mimic Your Idols. Lastly, one of the best ways to get rid of creativity block is to look at the material from the people who inspired you to do what you do in the first place. So scour through some old fashion magazines, look at some of your favorite catalogues, blogs or even watch certain movies that can remind you of the work you are striving to emulate.
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