Creativity Self-Care

6 Simple Ways to Nurture Your Creativity

12th May 2017
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NURTURE YOUR CREATIVITY

Over the years, I’ve developed ways to nurture my creativity. Some things I learnt at art college, while others I’ve been carrying out since working freelance. I like to view creativity as I do houseplants, both need to be cared for in order to grow!

Today I’m sharing a few things I do to ensure there’s a continual flow of ideas. Things that keep my motivation levels up and the creative block at bay. We all find inspiration in different ways and so it’s wise to establish what works best for you. As an extrovert, I like to spend time with people and see lots of new things. I also avoid taking on too much work and I give myself enough time off, especially between jobs.

By making space in our lives, doing what we love and injecting a little newness, we can keep things moving. And engaging in different experiences and activities is sometimes all it takes to enable ideas to bloom. After all, no one really knows when inspiration will strike!

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PAUSE TO ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS

Often when we hit a wall with our creativity all we need to do is stop what we’re doing and take a break. Moving away from where we create, even if it’s just for an hour, can help us to see things more clearly. After all, they say a change is as good as a rest.

A break could include making a cup of tea, playing some music, meditating or even doing a few stretches. Pausing and refocusing the mind on another activity will reset the balance, giving a fresh perspective on what you’re doing. And getting into the habit of taking regular breaks is a healthy way to work. (More: five everyday rituals for a calm and mindful day.)

STEP BACK IN TIME

A great thing any creative can do is look back at what has gone before. After all, we’re all standing on the shoulders of giants! Whatever your passion there will almost certainly be an unlimited supply of work you can dip into. You could visit libraries, museums, art galleries or even attend a lecture.

There isn’t a secret formula to unlocking creativity. It can come in a multitude of different forms and everything and anything can inspire. Whether you want to dip into the work of the French impressionists, be dazzled by some pop art or get lost in a little conceptualism, spending an hour or two in a different era is an inspiring thing to do.

EXPLORE

Taking time out to nurture your body and mind can work wonders. And immersing yourself in the great outdoors is an uplifting way to get the creative juices flowing. Nature and fresh air are good for the soul and a change of scenery can open your eyes to new ideas. When I’m out I like to look at everything around me – people, nature, houses, shop windows and so on. There’s so much wonder in our everyday lives to enjoy.

Travel is also extremely inspiring. Exploring a new location is an exciting way to spark ideas. If a holiday isn’t possible how about visiting somewhere new where you live? It could be a tourist attraction, antique centre, a few pretty shops or even a restaurant you haven’t yet tried. The secret is to notice everything like you’re seeing the world for the very first time. Being mindful will truly enrich the experience and who knows what exciting ideas may emerge!

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EXPERIMENT WITH OTHER FORMS OF CREATIVITY

Engaging in other forms of creativity, for example, a different technique or medium can be beneficial. Experimenting can help us to view what we do from a fresh perspective and it’s fun to create without a brief or agenda. You may also find you benefit from meeting a fellow creative. Working alongside others enables us to share our creativity while helping one another along the way. Sometimes all it takes is a sidestep to see our work more clearly. (More: the inspiration and joy of creative friendships.)

There’s also a lot of value in observing other forms of creativity. You could watch a ballet, attend a music concert or take in a play. All these things will help to get some distance between you and your work. And everything has the potential to inspire. Especially seeing talent and dedication in others.

NURTURE RELATIONSHIPS

It’s tricky to trace inspiration to one source because ideas come from a myriad of different places. Conversations around the breakfast table, people-watching in a local café or even shopping with a friend. It’s, therefore, valuable to nurture relationships while also meeting new people. Friendly interactions make us feel good and feeling happy and content can help creativity to flow.

Discussing our creative work is also valuable. Sharing our thoughts can bring them to life and if we’re struggling with an idea we may even find we reach a quicker solution. I’ve certainly benefitted from meeting fellow business owners and freelancers. And it’s good to know I’m not alone with the struggles I’ve faced!

LOOK WITHIN

I’m a firm believer in seeking inspiration from life rather than online. I guess this is because I started creating before the internet was with us and I can’t imagine working in any other way. I also find it distracting especially when there’s so much activity. And so, I take a break as often as I can. (More: the joy of spending time offline.)

Taking time out to quiet the mind enables us to silence the ego and listen to our heart and intuition. Sometimes our thoughts can become lost by the noise of the world around us. So much so we may find we start to follow the ideas, goals and dreams of others. Or worse still end up creating a version of someone else’s work! Having a few minutes of quiet calm can enable us to hear what’s happening within. This could either be through meditation or by spending short periods of time offline. Either way, it can help us to follow our creative journey and what’s truly in our hearts. (More: six things I gained from a year of mindfulness and meditation.)

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a gorgeous day.

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Parts of this text originally appeared in Breathe, issue 5

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26 Comments

  • Reply fashionforlunch 12th May 2017 at 7:35 am

    Love this post Natasha! You are always such an inspiration! Xxxx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th May 2017 at 7:40 am

      Thanks so much, Kirsty. That’s very kind of you! I hope you have a fabulous Friday! 🙂

  • Reply Lucy 12th May 2017 at 8:47 am

    This is is a good reminder. It is important to nurture creativity – I must do that more! Lovely post X

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th May 2017 at 8:55 am

      Thank you, Lucy. Lovely to see you blogging again, I hope you have a gorgeous Friday! 🙂

  • Reply Sue 12th May 2017 at 9:24 am

    Yeah I find doing mundane tasks actually makes be brain rest and inspiration often strikes!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th May 2017 at 1:20 pm

      That sounds perfect, and I love how you bake cakes to unwind. I only wish I lived nearer – I’m good at eating cake!

  • Reply Karen Knox 12th May 2017 at 10:25 am

    All of my best ideas come when i’m doing something else, or asleep. Literally. I’ve solved some really tricky design problems in my dreams. I’m definitely guilty of not investing in my creativity. Something I really do need to invest time in. Great post!!x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th May 2017 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you, Karen. That’s amazing! I also find ideas spring to mind when I’m in the shower or swimming. I hope you have a great day.

  • Reply Lazy Daisy Jones 12th May 2017 at 11:24 am

    Natasha lots of wonderful ideas to be found here.
    Plus I have all the heart eyes for the pink and white t-shirt so pretty.
    Have a lovely weekend!
    best Ashley xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th May 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks so much, Ashley. The t-shirt is a beauty, isn’t it? Have a fabulous Friday!

  • Reply Adorngirl 12th May 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Some really great points! Love having a creative job but it can be hard to stay motivated.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th May 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you, Ashanti. Your love for your job shines through because your photography is beautiful. Enjoy your day!

  • Reply Maxine Brady 12th May 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Very thought provoking post. It is wrong to be lusting after that red striped top while trying to be more centred….

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th May 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks, Maxine. It’s absolutely fine to be lusting after my Boden Breton! 🙂

  • Reply Kimberly Duran 12th May 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Wonderful ideas here!! I find I’m most inspired when I’m totally offline as well. I find amazing inspiration in travel (when I’m relaxed and away from my laptop) or visiting restaurants/hotels (again, relaxed!) or just out and about. You really need those mental breaks – I sometimes have to tear myself away but it’s always worthwhile! xx

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th May 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Thank you, Kimberly. It sounds like your creativity is being well and truly nurtured! You’re right, though, it can be hard to tear ourselves away! I hope you have a lovely weekend. 🙂

  • Reply Carole King 12th May 2017 at 3:52 pm

    A lovely post Natasha and some very good tips. It’s hard to step away sometimes when there are deadlines but we should all practice this more often. x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th May 2017 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you so much, Carole. It’s hard to pause, especially when we have deadlines. For me pausing is beneficial because I work better as a result of taking a break. I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  • Reply steph_baybee 12th May 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Lovely post, I often think I should stop and step back and look at what I have rather than what I want.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th May 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

  • Reply Geraldine 12th May 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Lots of great tips. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 12th May 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks so much, Geraldine. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Reply Jen Stanbrook 12th May 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Lovely post with some great tips and advice. I need to take more of this on board x

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 13th May 2017 at 10:32 am

      Thank you, Jen. Have a gorgeous weekend.

  • Reply freshdesignblog 13th May 2017 at 12:36 am

    Lots of great tips and advice, thank you!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 13th May 2017 at 10:32 am

      Thank you! I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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