How to be Creative Amidst the Mundane Reality?


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Today’s pandemic does not only limit our activities but also our creativity. Studies showed that creativity is being developed when we encounter new experiences. With the current situation, it is difficult for us to explore and have new adventures. However, with this article, you will know how to be creative amidst the mundane reality brought by COVID-19.

Since new situations can’t be obtained immediately because of the situation, here are five strategies that can enhance one’s creativity:

  1. Express yourself through art

” Studies have shown that expressing yourself through art can help manage stress and anxiety, and even improve health” Harvard Business Review reported.

Nowadays, a lot of people seek to discover new talents, one of which is creating art. You can express your hopes and the things you have in mind through writing, painting, playing instruments, drawing, and more.

2. Spend time with nature

Despite the stay at home policy, one way to be creative amidst the mundane reality is to spend more time with nature.

“Fifty-six people who went on a hiking trip took an assessment that measured creative potential using word associations. Twenty-four took the test before they began the trip, and the other 32 took it on the fourth day. Those in the latter group performed much better. Researchers ultimately found that spending time in nature improved creativity test scores by 50 percent,”

3.Get into a flow state

To be creative amidst today’s situation, one should invest in increasing an individual’s flow. According to psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura, flow state refers to “a feeling where, under the right conditions, you become fully immersed in whatever you are doing”.

Research conducted by Teresa Amabile found that as flow state increases, productivity, creativity, and happiness also increase. Respectively, it can also lead to a sense of intense clarity.

One ideal way to improve your state is to read books. By reading books, a lot of ideas can be tweaked from your mind.

“The best moments in our lives are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times… the best moments usually occur if a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile,” Csikszentmihalyi said.

4. Widen your network

Enhancing creativity is made possible when you can be introduced to new ideas. Broadening your network is the key to do this. But with the present situation, all you can do is host an online meeting or chat with your pals.

Research shows that diverse networks enhance creativity and that knowledge diversity positively correlates with individual creativity,” Harvard report said.

5. Turn your negative thoughts to positive ones

Make your negative thoughts and feelings drivers of motivation.

 “Anger, in particular, can be a motivating force, focusing our minds and moods in productive ways and fueling us to achieve our goals,” a report from Harvard emphasized.

Moreover, the report stated that when a person seeks to improve a certain matter, a pessimistic mood activates the reward center of the brain.

Sources:

(1) https://hbr.org/2020/11/how-to-stay-creative-when-life-feels-monotonous

(2) https://www.headspace.com/articles/flow-state


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