5 Ways to Stimulate Creativity During The Quarantine
Updated: Apr 8, 2020
What are some truly stimulating ways to #boostcreativity while under lockdown?
I've recently read a few studies and finished a few audiobooks on getting over creative blocks and finding inspiration around you when you hit those stumps and slumps - or in this case, are under a global pandemic lockdown. Here's a couple of takeaways, as well as a recommendation of the books that seemed to help me adjust my mindset and surroundings during this weird time.
1. Fill your creative space with real, green plants (and go outside) 🌿
A 2012 study was published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology that highlighted a significant creative response of 200 participants while looking at the colors green. The participants “demonstrated that a brief glimpse of green prior to engaging in a creativity task facilitates the creativity (but not overall amount) of response output.”
Another 2012 peer-reviewed study by cognitive scientists found that being outside surrounded by nature will actually boost and refresh your creative mind, as well as increase performance on problem-solving tasks. As little as 25 minutes was said to be enough to boost cognitive function.
So, go take a walk, it really does help.
2. Minimize the stuff in your workspace 👨💻
When it comes to work, finance and digital organization, I'm pretty good at it. When it comes to, uh, organizing my closet, I'm awful. My desk was even worse. Stacks of paperwork, ornaments, dust. I would often feel unmotivated to create anything.
After the Marie Kondo craze, I started reading more into minimalism and its effect on
creativity. Removing clutter and unnecessary items can have an incredibly positive impact on your mood and thought processes. By removing clutter, you’re removing the potential to be distracted by objects, you don’t feel overwhelmed about things piling up, and it makes reaching a flow state much easier.
Would I now consider myself a minimalist? Not at all. However I'm at a point in my life where I've been the closest to it, and I’ve seen a significant boost in productivity AND my mood since changing my habits when it comes to routinely tidying up and managing your stuff.
3. Listen to Focus Music + Ambiance Tracks 🎧
Wanna throw on some lofi chill beats to study and relax to? Besides the famous YouTube channel that helps get you in the zone, there are a plethora of audio resources that can help you achieve a state of flow. You might have a habit of throwing on the TV or radio for background noise, but these things run a high chance of distracting you. Instead, try searching your favorite music platform for “Flow State” playlists, or “brain wave” music - a method used to help enter a flow state by using a pulsing sound that claims to elicit the brains “frequency following”.
Do you have an Alexa or Google Home? One of my favorite things to do is install one of those free add-on actions that play virtually any sound you can think of - nature and birds, thunderstorms, coffee shop walla, even a dishwashing machine.
Right now I’m really into coqui frogs. 🐸
4. Drink beer and alcohol 🍺
Another 2012 study (something about 2012) called “Consciousness and Cognition” found that participants that consumed an average of three drinks were able to think more broadly and find connections between unrelated ideas and topics. No wonder modern creative agencies like Purple Rock Scissors have taps literally installed in their offices.
5. Become friends with sarcastic people
I’m pretty sarcastic with a lot of people I feel comfortable with, and they tend to act the same way towards me from time to time. It’s one of the reasons our brains are attracted to actually being friends with our friends.
A 2011 Bar-Elan University study discovered that in the workplace, hearing people express their day-to-day anger and frustration in a sarcastic way helps solve creative problems than hearing it expressed through direct anger or constant complaining. You can literally increase your analytical thinking by being a smart-ass (in a nice way) and surrounding yourself with like-minded smart-asses. 💁♀️
1. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield - https://www.amazon.com/s?k=war+of+art&ref=nb_sb_noss
2. Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists by Josh Millburn:https://amzn.to/3aSuhtt
3. 59 Seconds by Richard Wiseman: https://www.amazon.com/59-Seconds-Change.../dp/0307474860 4. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp: https://www.amazon.com/Creative-Habit-Learn.../dp/B000SEOWBG
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