Nurture Your Creative Self – Find A Creative You !

Do you have a to-do list? 

So much of our lives are governed by what we feel we have to do. Family and work commitments are clearly important, but do you also nurture your creative self? Do you even know how to access your creativity? Before you say you are not creative and you don’t need to be, I ask you to consider what aspects of your job or role will still be around in five years time. 

 “..technology offers our society so much but it is up to us, the humans, to rise to that potential Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft UK, Author of  The Rise of Humans: How to Outsmart the Digital Deluge

As adults in the western world we can feel that we are like a cog in a machine, forgetting that we each have the ability to choose what we do. Amid the paperwork and compliance there is often some imaginative spark which has been lost along the way. However, the workplace is changing and greater digitisation is removing basic tasks and  highlighting more areas which require bespoke, creative and innovative solutions.

Creative Thinking is the human super tool of the 4th industrial revolution, this is where we get to flex our imagination, creativity and innovative skills. 

How can we recapture our imagination and realise our full potential? 

Do something different to make up your mind.

Getting Creative!

Children create their own worlds with a set of imaginary friends, nonsense songs with no words and tea parties of plastic cups and no tea. Yet as children we are happy because we created them. As children we do not judge ourselves, we have no agenda and we just do what makes us happy. 

When was the last time you tried something creative – without concern for the result? 

Not only can becoming more creative future proof our careers, but creativity is also good for our wellbeing. Creative Health Inquiry Report 2017 states that an arts-on-prescription project has shown a 37% drop in GP consultation rates and a 27% reduction in hospital admissions. 

So lets get started!! 

An Exercise in Creativity 

 

Painting – and why not!

I’m writing this in the rain, from an observation shelter on Lundy Island. I should be writing a technical article and at the risk of you shouting “procrastination!!!”  – there is method behind my decision. Moving my body, moves my mindset. Before taking on a creative but technical task I get out of my comfort zone and get in to nature. I observe the world around me and day dream. This is how I nurture my creative self. 

I ask myself questions such as : 

  • How does it feel to be out here? 
  • Are there any distinctive smells? 
  • What colours, shapes and items can I see?
  • Listen! What can I hear? 

Stop trying, Start doing!

I have spent 20 minutes trying out a paint set and 30 mins writing these thoughts. As a former Latin American Competition Dancer I know that I did my best work when I stopped trying and started doing. When I switched off the logical controlling mind which counted steps, tried to remember where my arms needed to be and focused on my poise. I then got out of my own way and my creative skills and talent found their own way out!

Zen teachers call it being present. I call it having fun. Less than an hour of doing rather than thinking, my creativity has been woken up and I’m ready to tackle the task in hand. 

Next steps…

Our next free wellbeing event is 22nd August at The Bristol & Bath Science Park.

The Bounce Team will be discussing what makes you happy, how to find your passion and Emotional Quotient. Book your free place here

The most talented, thought-provoking, game-changing people are never normal” Richard Branson

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About The Author

Sharon Critchlow

Sharon Critchlow is a Wellbeing Advocate, speaker and facilitator at Discover Your Bounce for Business. Passionate about people being the best they can be she is a Time To Change Champion for mental health and holds a Masters level qualification in strategic coaching for performance. Sharon is a qualified accountant and has 20 years experience in senior leadership roles in the financial services sector. www.discoveryourbounce.com www.time-to-change.org.uk