Let’s face it, daily life is a challenge. There are so many demands and distractions it can be difficult to focus on the moment, let alone feel creative. I know that when I feel overwhelmed, my creativity goes into hiding. So here are my five favorite ways to unclog my mind and free up some space for my imagination to take flight.
Take a walk 👟
Preferably in a garden, woods, or along a waterway. In short, get out in nature to awaken your senses and clear your mind. My go-to is along the Connecticut River near my home.
Read a book 📖
And yes, I mean a real book with paper pages and a bound spine. Feel it, smell it, linger over passages without distracting hyperlinks, doodle in the margins. Yeah, slow down and open your mind to new ideas.
Arrange flowers 🌸 🌻
Flower arranging is an art form and the simple act of selecting flowers and arranging them in containers is creative and calming. If possible, incorporate herbs like basil, flowering oregano, sage, lavender, and lemon verbena for a scent-sational boost.
Meditate on a work of art 🖼
Look closely and slowly at a favorite painting or photograph. It can be a print from a book, something on your wall or even online. Slow looking at a painting promotes mindfulness and calm. Connect with your favorite artwork and find inner calm. Here’s a meditation I recorded to help get you started: https://youtu.be/pzs-pqLGxHk
Take a nap 😴
Yes, like in the middle of the day. Pretend you’re on a 30 minute vacation. Find a comfy spot, close your eyes and drift away. Recharge your body and refresh your brain.