Creativity tends to have a boxed definition, ironically – a definition that does not allow it to be, well, creative. To be creative is to be in a state of flow and enjoyment. Anyone can be creative. You do not need to be good at it for the benefits to make themselves known. Taking time for a creative hobby or activity will actually improve your health, mood and productivity.
What are some activities you can incorporate into your daily routine?
- Starting your day with just 10 minutes of one of these activities will set a fun tone for the day.
- Free writing (pick up a pen and paper or open your laptop and start writing)
- Learning a new instrument
- Singing in the shower
- Cooking (especially when your fridge and pantry are sparse)
If you are brainstorming and need a creativity boost, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Empty your mind and allow yourself to be present. Text “creativity” to 202-918-3414 and I will send you a meditation to help you tap into your creativity.
For more ideas on how to unlock your creativity, read Monica H. Kang’s book “Rethink Creativity.” Kang is the founder and CEO of D.C.-based company InnovatorsBox, and a local thought leader in reimagining creativity for the workplace. This book is filled with opportunities to reflect and explore new perspectives.
If you’re feeling uninspired in your work, how can you get back into that excitement?
You are on autopilot. Somehow everything is “meh” and you are in a rut.
It is so easy to get into this state, and honestly, it happens in cycles. Every now and then, you will find yourself uninspired and looking for something new. It just means you have outgrown something, and it is time to move on.
Make a list of what is feeling “blah” in your life. If your work life is boring, then I can guarantee that energy is flowing into your personal life as well. Anything that feels stale has got to go.
To rediscover inspiration, think about your “Why?” Why are you in this industry? Why were you initially excited about this job?
I recommend spending a few hours each week (ideally one day a week) exploring your creative side. Do something new. This shift in focus will help you rediscover your inspiration for your work, or it will show you that you need to pursue a new path. Either way, it will be good for your soul and your spirit.
Need some tools to help you get creative? Visit Cherry Blossom Creative in Brookland and online for amazing journals, pens and other creative goods.
Looking for workshops? Femme Fatale DC hosts wonderful gatherings and workshops by local womxn makers that truly ignite your creative skills. Subscribe to their newsletter to learn about the next event. Visit their online shop for products to add to your wellness routine.
Follow Cherry Blossom Creative on Instagram @cherryblossomhq and check out www.cherryblossomcreative.com for more. Learn more about Femme Fatale DC at www.femmefataledc.com or on Instagram at @femmefataledc. Check out InnovatorsBox at www.innovatorsbox.com and follow them on Instagram
Ask Alice is a new column by Alice Hu of Woo Woo Company. Hu is a local D.C. expert on mindfulness and her business is all about introducing crystals, manifestation, meditation, energy healing and more in a practical and accessible way. Get all of your spirituality and woo woo questions answered or ask any question to get a spiritual answer back. Text Hu at 202-918-3414 or shoot her an email at [email protected] Follow her on Instagram @woowooco and learn more at www.woowoocompany.com.
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