Regardless of the type of work you do embracing your inner creative can have great benefits for you mind and body. For some of us picking up a paintbrush or sketching is second nature, for others (ok most of us!), our art skills are akin to the talents of a second grader. And while second graders usually have no trouble making something from nothing using only their wonderful imaginations, as we get older many of us move further and further away from creativity while the reality and practicalities of life take hold. Regardless of how talented you are, there are ways to embrace your creative side that will unlock your potential (and hopefully give you a bit of fun and enjoyment along the way!). Here are some of our favourites.
1. Daydream – we are huge fans or spending at least a few minutes each day to daydream- whether it is something practical or fantastical letting your mind wander off to unknown places is a great way to relax and connect with with your inner creative. We find the morning commute, a particularly tough gym class, a boring meeting at work or those few minutes before falling asleep are the perfect time to do a little daydreaming.
2. Play around with makeup – painting faces is a great way to express your creativity and has the added bonus of human interaction. Rope in your friends or family to be guinea pigs or try giving yourself that perfect Coachella-esque unicorn rainbow glitter eye.
3. Get loose in the kitchen – if you aren’t a natural at cooking choose some ingredients from your pantry and challenge yourself to create a dish without using a recipe. You never know, your inner Masterchef may be just waiting to burst out.
4. Create a flower bouquet for a friend – try buying 2-3 bunches of different flowers with different textures, some string and ribbon and explore your floristry skills to create a beautiful bouquet for a friend or loved one. Its a great gift that will show that you have put in a little more effort than just picking a bunch from the flower stall.
5. Dance – anyone else remember dressing up and creating dance routines as a child? Try to rekindle some of that spirit by putting on your favourite dance track and making up your own routine, there is the added benefit of getting some bonus exercise.
6. Fancy a new side table? Building something from scratch with your hands is so rewarding so get down to your local hardware store and grab some timber and start building. There are great tutorials on YouTube if you need some inspiration, just remember safety first when it comes to sawing, nailing and hammering!
7. Join a local theatre group – ok so this could be a little daunting for those of us petrified of the stage, however there are plenty of non- public facing roles that you could assist your local community theatre group with – try set design, costume design, marketing or social media management. It’s also a great way to meet new people and be part of a team.
8. Wander without purpose – so much of our lives are tightly scheduled these days, take half a day out to simply wander through your town, neighbourhood or city and just notice what is happening around you, whether it is snapping some photos or having time out to just observe without any particular goal in mind it is guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing.
You never know, by embracing your creativity it could have impact on how you perform in your job, lead to a new career path or get you involved in a new hobby you never thought possible. If you have any other great ideas feel free to leave us a message below!