Are you creative? Would you describe yourself that way? Many people are obviously creative, and we recognize them as artists, musicians, dancers and the like. However, many people do not think of themselves as creative, which is unfortunate, because we all have ‘the creative gene’ in us. Each of us is creative, in our own way.
For example, if you are a parent, and have to get an uncooperative 5-year-old to bed, you’ve likely come up with some creative way to do so. You might have made something up, such as, “Let’s check on your teddy-bear and see if HE’S already in bed.” In another vein entirely, you may be in a business situation, and needed to find a solution to smooth the waters between two employees who were struggling with each other’s perspective. You may have done some creative banking solutions (not forgery or embezzlement I hope!) to get the books to balance that month. As a former keynote speaker, I had to find a creative way to work in the company’s challenges with the vision of the senior leaders and my topic of Positive Risk for Change.
Now that living spaces are getting smaller for many people, furniture companies have created wonderful solutions and expanding tables that are as good for the casual coffee meeting as well as dinner for six. If you are self-employed, you might have found creative ways to manage your time, work in the gym and stay motivated and productive within your own time frame.
If you are in a creative slump, or you still don’t believe you have it in you, here are some ways to either boost your ideas or kick-start your personal innovation. Whatever your ‘normal’ is, change it in some way. Change your route, change your normal food, change your usual outfit, change your haircut—just change something!
- The best thing to do is to do something differently. Perhaps you take the same route to work every day. Vary it. If you take the bus, try a walking/subway combination. If you drive, try a different set of streets. Just change it up somehow.
- Get a haircut. As simple as it sounds, try a different look. This applies to men and women. Try a new colour or a new style. Just ‘do different.’
- Do something to relax more. There’s a reason these ‘adult colouring books’ are so popular. They are mindless, there are lines, and you colour as if you’re a child again. Most people would feel challenged to create an entire painting on their own, but this is set out for you already. Try weird colourcombinations; use markers instead of pencil crayons, or vice versa.
- Go for a massage. A massage is good for your body; it gets the blood flowing and makes you feel wonderful. It’s also extremely relaxing, and being relaxed helps your creativity flow as well. So go out and find a good massage therapist in Toronto.
- Put on some music and dance. You can do it on your own, or take a class, but ‘move to the music.’
- Try different food. If you normally only eat a grilled cheese sandwich with ketchup, try one of the newer upscale versions with gourmet cheese and salsa, or, better yet, try an entirely new food item. If you normally go for Chinese food, try Thai or Korean or anything that’s new for you.
The important thing is to relax with the help of a good massage therapist in Toronto, move, try something new and have fun!
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