Three Tips to Boost Creativity
Has your day-to-day routine got you in a creative slump? Inspire your inner muse with the following tips.
- Meditate – When researchers studied Tibetan monks they found markedly high levels of gamma synchrony in the monks’ brains while they meditated. Gamma synchrony is known for boosting brain power to help people solve complex problems, according to Nancy C. Andreasen’s book “The Creative Brain; The Science of Genius.”
To boost your gamma synchrony commit to a three minute meditation each day. Sit on the floor, close your eyes and envision an object like a candle or a third-eye between your eyes to help you block out invading thoughts. Eventually, aim to increase your meditation by one minute each week until your reach a ten, twenty or thirty minute meditation. Meditation, even for three minutes, may not be easy – but the positive effects like creative breakthroughs will hail from the beginning.
- Do something completely different – Feed your mind with new ideas by invoking the slightest changes in your routine. For example, sleep on a different side of the bed before a big meeting or take a different route to work every few days. Even brushing your teeth with your opposite hand is known to stimulate your mind in new ways, according to the book “Exercise Your Mind, 36 Mental Workouts for Peak Performance” by B. Alexis Castorri, M.S. and Jane Heller.
- Carry a small notebook and pencil – Good thoughts strike at any time and it’s important to jot down the ideas immediately or they may be forever forgotten. So if genius strikes in the shower or in the car – scribble down the thought once the shower head is off or the car is pulled over.
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