Creativity and activity in the right side of the brain is encouraged at a young age…in some form…partially. It’s hard to argue with the notion though that logic and the left hand brain are prioritized right the way through the education system up to and including adulthood. The school subjects of art and design exist and are experimented with but the majority of the emphasis is on academia and nurturing our ability to use logic and solve problems; even English and writing is focused more on Literature, analysis and the correct construction of sentences and paragraphs.
So, to even things out a little we believe it’s not only healthy but also imperative considering today’s stress-inducing society to harness our creativity and embrace it – life after all is all about balance. Here’s how to start…
1. Deviate From The Norm
Whether or not we realize it we are a conditioned society with a clear set of rules we are expected – and to a degree – enforced to abide by. Society dictates that we; pay our taxes, declare our income, follow social etiquette, work up until the age of 65 and declare exactly where and when we intend on leaving and returning to the country should we choose…apart from that we have total freedom!
So, why not deviate from the norm a little? This can be as drastic as pursuing a career as a stunt man to learning a new hobby to wearing that slightly-over-the-top dress out to drinks despite the fact that it’s not on-trend.
2. Say No
This is a classic one and so hard to do. Saying no to people is terrifically difficult despite the simplicity of the word and the action; this is because of human psychology. We love to people-please and we hate to cause conflict and disappoint others, which makes it incredibly hard for us to say no. So start small, say no to a workload or meeting you’d really struggle to meet and move up to bigger events – once you get in the habit it becomes easier and it is not a mark of stubbornness or unwillingness to compromise, but a mark of self respect when someone says no – plus contrary to popular belief, people won’t hate you for it!
3. Try Something New
This doesn’t need to be a sky dive or a bungee jump – a candle lit dinner for two or a meal out at a new restaurant can do the trick! Doing and seeing new things can spark a flash of inspiration at any time which can lead to something life changing. New experiences are exciting and change should be embraced, it all starts from trying one new thing.
4. Change Something in Your Home
As humans we are fantastic at adapting and we are also creatures of habit so it’s easy and totally natural to get stuck into a routine and become used to our surroundings. For this reason changing an integral part of this routine even aesthetically can help us to snap out of it and maintain a tie with our creative side. Whether you paint a wall, move furniture around or change the ambience of a room with lighting or candles these actions can be truly beneficial and therapeutic.
Creative minds achieve great and wonderful things. Logic certainly has its place and has delivered many life saving measures and initiatives active in society today – but so has creativity, so work on releasing yours and getting that right hand brain working!
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Article by Lucy
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