5 Steps to take to reinvigorate your curiosity and imagination
When I first started my copywriting business, I recognized my relationship with rest had become a bit of a challenge due to freelance work’s fluctuating nature. We all know rest is essential to regain energy, but how influential is resting over our creative output. As a creative professional, coming up with novel ideas is not a nice-to-have; it is a must-have. Here, we will explore the following five ways to rest and how it affects our creativity.
Understanding what your body and mind need helps decide what type of rest would positively impact you. Meditation is the perfect place to start. Meditation is a practice to become more aware. It is where you observe your thoughts and feelings without judgment. As we tune in to our body and mind, being still and focusing on our breath, we will begin to find clarity where rest is needed.
Experiencing something new can elicit novel ideas. An excursion is a type of social rest, and it can be a solo expedition or a social one with friends. Whether you need to take a break from socializing or feeling a need to connect with others - activities are a great way to do so. When we engage with challenging activities or are open to change, that is when original ideas spark.
As we age, we fall into cognitive patterns and learned behaviors; while these patterns can be helpful and positive habits, they can also limit our perspectives and possibilities. We become stagnant in the comfort zone. It may be uncomfortable, but moving into new experiences and pushing boundaries, can bring fantastic new ideas to light.
Taylor Swift makes snow globes, Brad Pitt makes pottery, and Scarlett Johansson owns a popcorn shop. The benefits of having side projects are to break away from your usual work habits. You are allowing yourself to do something different. This is a form of rest where you can explore and be free to express yourself. It is an important part of mental recovery. Experiment and takes risks because your side project is not your source of making a living. This is a labor of love. They are low-pressure creative outlets that boost your creativity as a whole.
It’s a form of sensory rest. Unplug, and if possible, go for a walk in nature. Daily walks outside for 20 minutes can improve your health, mood, and creativity. In one study, Stanford researchers found that a person’s creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking. New connections between brain cells are made when walking regularly. Walking freely and intuitively fosters divergent thinking. Many possible solutions are explored in a short amount of time, and unexpected connections are drawn. Divergent thinking usually occurs in a spontaneous and non-linear manner. So feel free to skip, hop, and walk-in zigzag lines!
Sleep is a type of rest that we tend to take for granted. Its impact on our day is immense, and with some effort in refining our nighttime routines, we can gain quality sleep.
When it comes to not looking at your devices before sleep, go to the extent and leave your devices in another room, instead of bedside tables. Eating dinner a few hours before bed helps, and try to consume a lighter meal and eliminate sweet temptations in the evening.
If you can’t seem to clear your mind while you try to lull yourself to sleep, then softly recount any joyful moments in your day.
Robert Louis Stevenson reportedly imagined the plot for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in a dream. During “dream sleep,” we take all of the information that we’ve previously learned, and we start to collide it with all of the new information that we’ve learned. The brain starts to seek out and test novel connections and new associations. It’s like informational alchemy, and you wake up the next morning with a revised mind capable of divining incredible solutions to previously impenetrable problems.
Entrepreneurs often talk about the “hustler mentality,” which can be misinterpreted. Working long hours does not equate to higher productivity and certainly does not correspond with creativity. We all know that rest is essential to a healthy balanced life, but it is also crucial for the mind to develop new ideas and efficiently solve problems. To be creative and productive more frequently, purposefully incorporate one or more types of rest into your life.