There seems to be some unwritten rule that only kids are supposed to have fun. Adults are supposed to work. You know what they say about all work and no play, right?
In my 21 years of coaching kids and adults, I’ve noticed those who are struggling or feeling stuck need to jumpstart their creativity and imagination. They need to lighten up and have some fun!
Being creative and having fun can actually make you feel better, focus better, and perform better (either academically or professionally). Most schools and workplaces don’t seem to get this. This results in plenty of stressed out and bored students and employees. Many entrepreneurs overwork themselves so much, they burn out as well.
Creativity boosts endorphins and clarity. It also helps open up neural pathways and helps you consider different possibilities. Stuart Brown demonstrates this concept in his TED talk, Playing is Good for Your Brain.
Tip #1: Take several short breaks every day and allow your mind to wander. Think, dream, breathe, and consider possibilities.
Tapping into your creativity
Did you know that if fun and creativity are removed from your life, your brain and your body actually shift? You’re not producing those “feel good endorphins” anymore. Stress and anxiety often increase. Brain fog, and even depression, can settle in. How do I know? After an accident, it happened to me.
How do you reverse this scenario? Tap into your creativity! If you think you’re not creative, think again! Everyone has something they enjoy doing that can be considered creative, from gardening, to cooking, to designing or decorating, to painting, playing an instrument, singing, etc. What brought me back was being able to return to drumming! You can read more about my story here.
Tip #2: Do something fun that you haven’t done in a while or do it differently. Try a different method, different materials, or a different style.
If you don’t know where to start, sign up for a class or a workshop. Push yourself to try something interesting. Most of the people who come to my drumming events, classes, and workshops have never drummed before. This goes for my private business coaching and ADHD coaching clients as well (Yes, I often sneak in some therapeutic drumming!). They have a blast and many report having boosts of clarity and creativity afterwards. Talk about literally tapping into your creativity!
Tip #3: Try something new! It could be a class, a performance, or a fun event. It opens up your horizons and might just get you unstuck!
Life’s short! We weren’t put on this earth to pay bills and die! Tap into your creativity and have some fun! If you’d like more info or help moving forward, let’s chat!
How do you tap into your creativity? Feel free to leave a comment below!
Dori Staehle, MBA lives in the Raleigh, NC area and is a speaker, coach, best-selling author, and drum chick at Rock the Next Stage. She left the grayscale world of international banking and now helps people live life in full color! Dori is passionate about preserving and nurturing creativity and talent. She brings energy and fun to her talks, workshops, and events (and often brings drums!). If you’d like more tips, snag the FREE E-book on the top right of this page!