For us, imagination is the space between what we’re told and what we can do. It’s how we get from what is to what is possible. We’ve talked recently about how creativity protects and strengthens us, and there’s always space to exercise our imaginations. Explore some ideas and tips from Edutopia on how to promote resilience by flexing your creative muscle.
As stresses seem to pile up around us, and the demands on our time mount, we’re always looking for ways to tackle and alleviate. And this isn’t just for the good of productivity; we could in fact argue that enjoying and appreciating time spent is more important than ticking off your to-do list.
Creativity and its benefits are often overlooked as a solution – let alone a goal in themselves. Stepping back and thinking about how to deal with something, trying something new, or simply just giving yourself an outlet might just be the key.
Method In The Made-ness
Creativity is both being and doing – and there isn’t a rule for how much you should do of either and when. They feed and develop with each other. When we need to solve a problem, we use abstract thought to make new connections and dream up something that isn’t in front of us. Also known as creativity. However, practise and exercise, both in attitude and activity, is the only way to cultivate these resources.
In addition, creativity stimulates the alpha waves required for calm and relaxation, raises serotonin levels and decreases anxiety. These states will always enhance productivity and the experience itself. Even if it’s not in service of the situation you’re trying to resolve, taking time out increases your ability on your return.
Do It Yourself
Getting past the fear and putting the work in are two powerful barriers. Even justifying the time away from the perceived necessary can be a challenge for some.
Read on for tips on how asking questions, being curious, and learning from experiments are the essential first steps in unlocking the benefits of creativity.