2013/01/14

Creativity

 

Are you struggling to get your brain to think creatively at the moment? Luckily there are a few simple things you can do to help increase brain activity and creativity.

So here are 5 of our top tips to help get that creativity flowing:

 

1.Get fit

Physical activity sends more blood to your brain and increases the flow of endorphins. After aerobic workouts imaging tests confirm that the brain has increased amounts of blood and oxygen and that there is more activity in the frontal lobe which is the part of the brain which is used for complex reasoning. Therefore increased activity in the brain should help you think more creatively.

Now that doesn’t mean you should run 10 miles to work rather than getting in your car, but taking the stair rather than the lift, or going on a 20 minute walk in your lunch break will be enough to increase your pulse rate. For the more daring, you could even try registering at your local gym?

 

2.Capture your ideas

Ideas pop in and out of our minds all of the time. Have you ever come up with the most amazing idea whilst you’re out shopping, only to have completely forgotten it by the time you’ve got home? You can never be quite sure when you will have that eureka moment, so when you do its important to have some method of remembering your fantastic idea.

 

There is nothing worse than forgetting a great idea so write it down! Keep a notebook and pen in your bag and by the side of your bed, or as we’re in the 21st century, why not write a note in your phone!

 

3.Do something new

New experiences get your brain racing. Read a book on a subject you don’t know much about, take up a new hobby, visit somewhere you’ve never been before, or even listen to some different music. New experiences will increase your brain activity and the knowledge you’ve learn from this new experience combined with existing knowledge can lead to new creative ideas.

 

4.Seek out you best working environment

Have you noticed that you are more productive in some environments more than others? Whenever I pop into my local coffee shop I’ve always wondered why there are so many people sitting in there working on their laptops. Well research suggests that coffee shops may be a pretty good place to get your brain thinking creatively. Apparently, a moderate level of background noise can improve creativity, when compared to no, low or high levels of ambient noise.

 

The theory behind this is that moderate background noise is distracting, which causes some difficulty processing information. So when mental processing is made somewhat more difficult, it induces you think “out of the box”, therefore enhancing creativity (Mehta et al, 2012).

 

Low levels of background noise doesn’t cause sufficient distraction to disrupt processing and therefore doesn’t induce abstract thinking, and too much background noise causes too much distraction and therefore reduces the extent of information processing all together! I’ve certainly found myself sitting in a silent room wondering why no ideas are popping into my head!

 

Everyone works better in slightly different environments so it is important to recognise where you work best.

 

5.Find your creative peak

Have you noticed when you are most creative? Some people are more creative first thing in the morning, or either directly after lunch, and for others it’s just before bed. Identify when you’re at your most and least creative and plan your day around this. Get non-creative tasks out the way during your creative downtime so that you have the time to come up with new ideas during your creative peak.

 

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