7 Ways to Train Your Brain to be More Creative
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”- Albert Einstein, both quotes.
Although Einstein is one of the greatest and most creative minds that ever walked this planet, this is not an article about him, but an article about how we can expand our brain’s creativity.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a high school student or the next Einstein, read this incredible article and learn how you can expand and leverage your mind’s creative talents.
Here are 7 ways you can train your brain to be more creative:
Stress and creativity don’t go hand in hand. You can’t come up with great ideas when your mind is tense and under stress.
Your mind needs to be relaxed and at peace so that you can spark your creativity. Quality sleeping can really help you feel relaxed.
2. Forget the outcome
The best creative minds aren’t concerned about the outcome, but rather the process. Stay in the moment and focus all your attention on the task that you have, this way you’ll get the best outcome.
3. Write ideas down
Writing down your ideas has 2 good benefits. First of all, you’ll have a record of your ideas and second, it will free up brain resources to piece together other ideas.
4. Forget the criticism
No matter what your profession is, you’re always prone to criticism. The most important thing is to stop criticizing yourself, because this way the quality of your work suffers.
Distance yourself from any self-imposed beliefs and see the ideas flowing.
5. Read, read, read
Nothing stimulates the brain better than reading. When you are constantly reading, new neural connections get formed in the brain.
Find a topic that you find interesting and try to read at least 30 minutes before going to bed.
6. Listen to Mozart
Einstein has attributed his creative talents to Mozart, the most influential and prolific composer of the Classical era.
It’s even scientifically proven that listening to Mozart can improve the performance of mental tasks.
7. Exercise your body and brain
Physical activity will help you maintain your energy levels and will also improve your creativity. Don’t forget to exercise your brain and not just your body.
Abstract activities and puzzles make the neural connection grow thus increasing your ability to come up with a creative idea.