We’re living in some absolutely wild times these days. It seems like everyone is just consumed and overwhelmed with technology, slammed with a neverending barrage of information on every topic under the sun, and just the general news of our times. While there are, no doubt, urgent tasks at hand, it’s important to remember to take a break and step away for a moment and do something fun and creative for yourself. There’s more methods and ways to express yourself than ever. Perhaps you’re feeling ready to create something, but not quite sure where to start or what to do, or maybe you feel mentally stuck. Here are some ideas to help kick start your creative juices. Even just reading this list has got you moving in the right direction.
1. Buy a canvas and some paints.
Painting is an absolutely wonderful way to express yourself and what’s great is that there really isn’t a wrong way to do it. I was recently going through a creative rough patch myself and once I became frustrated with everything, I was like, “Screw this, it’s time to paint!” Head to your local art supply shop (Michaels always has deals and a huge selection), pick out a canvas, some colors you like, and a few brushes, then head home and just start going at it! It’s so fun and you’ll find that it can really help get you out of your head and kick your imagination into high gear. Other fun options to think about are putting together a small model or sewing.
Cooking is another fantastic way to get creative. We all have to eat anyway, so why not spice it up a bit? There are so many combinations and opportunities to create new delicious meals and fun treats. There’s no question that cooking is an amazing art form, from the the taste, to how healthy you want to make it, to texture and presentation. No wonder cooking shows are immensely popular these days. Try experimenting with a new dish or ingredient or tweaking it just a bit.
3. Make a video.
Filmmaking is upon us more than ever. With the ease of cellphones, GoPro-like cameras and lower budget, digital video cameras, pretty much anyone can make a video in no time. Do you have an idea for a short film or video swirling around in your head? Well now is the time to make it happen. Grab a friend, write out a mini script, then get to shooting! You’ll find out that the possibilities are endless here and the more you embark on this journey, the more you’ll learn about lighting, audio techniques and editing. There are so many social media platforms you can then easily upload your video to for all your friends to enjoy.
4. Learn a new musical instrument.
Have you ever wanted to learn to play the drums, the piano or the guitar? It’s not as hard as you might think (at least the basics anyway). As with a lot of things in life, it’s just the beginning that can be the most intimidating. Grab the instrument of your choice and enroll in some lessons at your local music shop. Also, the internet has made it so there are thousands of lessons you can follow along with, so you can progress at any rate you choose.
5. Take up a new sport.
Another excellent way to improve your creativity is to jump into a new sporting activity. The benefits are pretty wonderful here. It’s no secret that exercise is of course great for us, and anyone that’s ever played sports regularly knows that one has to get highly creative to compete. You have to think of new ways to beat your opponent and new tactics to win the game. You could almost say your brain is on high alert, working to come up with new strategies in the moment of the action. Also, if you join a local recreational volleyball, baseball or soccer league, you might end up making some new friends along the way.