8 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

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8 Ways to Boost Your Creativity n to music 2. Liste 1. Step Outside Listening to music, at any volume, also d helps you to relax, which allows your min to wander. When you are in a relaxed er state, and your mind is allowed to wand h freely, you are more likely to come up wit creative solutions and ideas. According to a study conducted by researchers at Stanford University, even a short walk can boost creativity, both wh ile walking and for a short while afterwards. 4. Take a step back 3. Spend tim e with creative peo ple Social interac tion enables y ou to think more creative ly by exposin g you to othe people’s thou r ghts, ideas, a nd worldviews also gives yo . It u the opportu nity to discus your own thou s ghts and idea s, and to get external input and feedbac k. When you step away fro m a problem, and come back to solve it la ter, you’ll often find that you are able to come up with a solution straight away. W e can attribute this phenomenon to the conc ept of “psychological distance.” r Comfort . Leave You 5 zone 6. Read widely d By stepping out of your comfort zone, an trying new things, you will not only gain new experiences, but you will also gain new perspectives, which will help you to ms think differently and to approach proble differently. 7. Make a Healthy Snack If you’re struggling to come up with creative ideas, take a break and make yourself a snack. Just make sure that it’s a healthy snack — your brain needs fuel to function optimally. Reading introduces you to new topics, opens your mind to new ideas, and gives you the opportunity to explore unique connections between topics. So, next time you are at the library or bookstore, look for something different to what you would usually read. 8. Write or Draw something The physical act of drawing or writing actively engages your brain, which can improve your levels of concentration and creativity. So next time you are stuck for ideas, grab some paper and a pen, and start writing (or drawing). Visit www.oxbridgeacademy.co.za/online-library for more awesome infographics!

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