The lives that we lead are by no means healthy. We are constantly under stress, overworked, and subjected to too much information every day. Aside from it not being healthy for our bodies, it is also bad for our brain too. It can become cluttered, and not able to perform its usual functions very well. Unless we take a step back and reflect on our lifestyles, we may not be able to do some creative thinking when we need to. But if you are sometimes blocked and unable to think outside of the box, there may be some things that you can do in order to clear up your mind and be as creative as you can be. Here are some activities that you can do to boost creative thinking.
As we mentioned, the mind can very quickly become cluttered, because of the sheer volume of the data that it processes on a daily basis. It is then forced to clear up space on its own, which means that often important things go unnoticed and become forgotten.
However, if you keep a journal, you can help relieve some of the stress from dealing with unnecessary information, and keep your mind clear, which is very important for creative thinking.
Also, choosing a vibrant and colorful notebook can act as a visual cue for your brain and help in the process.
Although we know it is important, most people forget just how important exercising really is. However, challenging your body, although it may be tough, can lead to overcoming mental obstacles. After a stressful day at the office, vigorous training may alleviate some of the stress, and shift your focus from the less important things to the things that truly matter to you. Also, your body produces hormones that cause you to feel relaxed and satisfied after your exercise, which is exactly what you need in your creative process.
One of the ways that we clog our brains with unnecessary information is by never ceasing to put new information in. Even when we are taking a break from work, we are browsing the Internet, reading the news, and loading more and more data into our heads.
Meditation can be a good way of stopping the influx of data and allowing the brain to process all the things we have seen or heard that day.
Sometimes, mental or physical fatigue is too much to bear, and your mind and body just need a full recharge. This is why, when you are having trouble with creative thinking, you should always try taking a small nap, allowing yourself to restore some energy, and try again after waking up. It sounds too simple to work, but it has often proved to be effective.