There are hundreds, maybe thousands of ways to exercise your creativity. Being creative has the ability to give you a great sense of achievement, it can improve your mood and it’s linked to higher cognitive function in young children. Being creative can also lead to different career paths or earning extra money in your spare time. So, if you’re looking for new ways to be creative when you have some time on your hands, take a look at these ideas.

Art

Art is a wonderful way of expressing yourself and relaxing during stressful times. Whether you choose to use paints, pencils, charcoal or anything else, you may find a release in creating artwork. You could draw portraits of family and friends, create colourful canvases to put on your walls or walk to the top of a mountain on a sunny day and draw the landscape in front of you. It’s peaceful and a fantastic form of escapism.

Writing

You never know what’s inside your head until you put pen to paper. A great exercise in creative writing is to just write. Don’t think about the story you’re telling and don’t plan where it ends. Just write. It’s an exercise used in both university writing classes and therapy sessions. You may find that your writing goes to a dark place, but the more you’re willing to write, the freer you’ll feel once you’ve finished. Of course, writing takes many forms. Keep a diary, write a novel, create poetry. There’s nothing stopping you.

Interior Design

Decorating your own home can be a lot of fun. It’s a never-ending project if you’re passionate about interior design. From painting to wallpapering and upcycling furniture to reupholstering sofas, the fun never stops. You can keep up with some of the latest interior design trends here. If you’re really creative with interior design, you’ll be able to keep up with the latest trends without spending too much money. As visitors see your ability to design, your skills may start to become in high demand.

Blogging

Are you able to solve problems quickly? Do you wish you had a platform to help people by sharing what you know? Blogging could be the perfect way for you to be creative. A blog not only gives you the space to say what you want, add pictures and add links, but your potential reach is so much more than in the real world. You’ll need to look into the best website builder when you get started, but blogs are able to take off quickly. If you want your blog space to be read by others, start by advertising it to friends and relatives on social media.

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Be Willing to Try New Things

Sometimes, being creative is just allowing yourself to be open-minded. Try new things every week. Go to new places, meet new people and give something new a go. Whether it’s an exercise class, an outdoor activity or you start learning a new language, the more you experience, the easier it will be to be creative. Some of these things can be time consuming, so look for new things you only have to do once or twice a week. That still leaves you with plenty of time to spend with family and friends.

Knitting

Learning to knit isn’t only a relaxing pastime, it’s practical too. If you’re willing to spend the time perfecting your knitting skills, it can be a creativity that comes in handy for lots of things. For example, new mothers are always looking for handmade baby hats, cardigans and blankets. It’s also the perfect solution when you have lots of birthdays in a year. People pay a lot of money for handmade scarfs and gloves, so each gift you give is sure to be appreciated.

Arts and Crafts

You can get into a lot of trouble with a glue gun, but you can also be pretty creative with one too. If you have a big family, keeping track of memories can be difficult. It’s easy to store photographs and videos on our cameras and computers, but there’s something about being able to turn the pages of a scrapbook that makes it all the more nostalgic. The options with arts and crafts are endless. You can make unique photo frames, get the kids involved and create jewellery boxes and much more.

Inspire Your Imagination

Being creative is about visualisation. If you don’t know how to be creative, you’ll need to find some inspiration. Luckily, inspiration is one of those things you can find anywhere. You can find inspiration on a long walk, in a good book and sat down watching a thrilling movie. Some people get inspired while they’re dreaming at night time. The downfall to inspiration being anywhere and everywhere is that we often forget what inspired us. Take a note book and pen with you wherever you go so you never miss an opportunity.

Music

Music has the ability to tap into all kinds of emotions. It can cheer you up, remind you of sad situations, relax you and motivate you. Making music is a wonderful talent, so if you’re passionate about playing an instrument or singing, never let it go. Whether you write your own songs in the privacy of your own home, join a band and play at gigs or just go to jam sessions at your local coffee shop every now and again, music has a magical way of healing you.

Don’t Be Afraid of Failure

Being successful at creativity won’t always work out. But, don’t be discouraged. There are many successful and creative people who fell at their first hurdles, before moving on to bigger and better things. Don’t give up doing something you love because you feel you aren’t good enough. Sometimes, all it takes is a little persistence to get the results you really want. If you’re feeling frustrated, take a breather for a few days and come back when you’re feeling refreshed. You’ll soon see progress.

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Alex Roman

I'm a 26-year old independent graphic artist and architect based in Bucharest. I really love what i do!

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