Last week we spoke of brainstorming techniques we can use to gather ideas.
This week we’re going to talk about things you can do in your everyday life to relax your mind and release your creativity.
Sometimes the harder we try, the more difficult it is to find the solution.
Letting our minds wander allows our subconscious to work on the problem while we’re thinking or doing something else.
This can result in those “aha” moments where the solution becomes clear as day, and we feel like kicking ourselves for not seeing it sooner.
I don’t know how many times I’ve walked away in frustration only to come back with the answer minutes later.
I think sometimes we just try too hard and our minds end up overwhelmed. Especially if we aren’t taking breaks!
Sometimes the only solution to a problem is to walk away.
Here is a list of activities you can try to relax your mind and let the creativity flow.
Engage in something repetitive
Doing the same thing over and over has a habit of numbing the mind.
Your hands and body seem to move of their own accord, and your mind begins to wander.
Being bored is a great way for your mind to find something interesting to think about.
You never know what gem might drop in your lap while folding the laundry or gardening, for example.
Take a nap
Dreaming is a great way to spark new ideas, but even if you don’t fall asleep, your mind will still begin to relax and start to wander.
This is where I find most of my ideas.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve either laid down to a nap or just gone to bed only to leap up to find something to write down the great idea I just had.
This can be great for sparking new ideas. The trick here is to not focus on any one thing.
Meditation takes practice, so don’t expect this to work right off the bat.
When you first start, you’ll feel fidgety and have trouble not concentrating on everything going on in your life.
If this is something you’d like to try, I’d recommend starting small, like five to ten minutes, and gradually increasing as you become more accustomed to it.
Take a shower
Hot water does wonders for releasing tension, especially in the shoulders, neck, and back where the strain of sitting for long periods of time tends to gather.
This is great for de-stressing and letting your mind wander.
Go for a walk
Sometimes we just need to take our minds off everything going on in our lives.
Stepping out into nature and working up a sweat frees our minds and allows us to experience life outside the stress of work and family.
This has sparked many an original idea for me.
This concludes Part Two of my brainstorming series. Next week we’ll conclude this series with ways to bring everything into one cohesive idea and work to make it better.
What do you do to relax your mind and free your creativity?
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Renea strives to help writers develop the focus and skills they need to finish their first novel, offering writers practical writing advice they can apply one step at a time.
She is the author of Conquering Writing Pressures: Living a Balanced Writing Life in a Busy World where she helps writers find the courage to accept life will never be perfect. And if we want our dreams to succeed, we must fight to make them a reality.
She currently lives in St. Joseph, Missouri, with her husband Joe, her three children, and her five lovable furballs.
From a young age, Renea was mad for books and reading, and especially loved Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, which she read in the ninth grade.
She is an avid reader, with her main interests residing in history, mythology, and fantasy, along with some romance and science fiction in her earlier years.
When Renea’s not writing, she enjoys genealogy, role-playing games, and dreams of traveling the world. In a past life, she plucked chickens and milked cows.