An important tool you can use in your quest to achieve your personal and professional goals is creativity. Though creativity is often associated with the arts, to be creative is really just to look at things in a novel and original way in any field. Here are a few ways to use creativity that will improve your brain’s neuroplasticity and overall ability to face your goals head-on:
We’ve talked before about the wonders of meditation, and with good reason. A good way to practice creativity is through practicing “open monitoring” meditation. Instead of focusing on a specific goal, this is more of a free-flowing sort of meditation during which you allow your brain to run just as it will, observing the connections your mind makes between seemingly disparate ideas. This Alan Watts meditation is a good introduction to practicing this sort of meditation.
Just as with open monitoring meditation, collage is a way for your mind to practice making connections between seemingly unrelated ideas—or, in this case, words and images. Just collect some magazines you have lying around the house and spend a few dollars on a glue stick and poster board, and voila! You’re good to go. You can tear pictures that appeal to you out of magazines and start pasting them together into collages. It doesn’t matter how the end product looks—these are just for you and no one else.
You may not think you’re an artist. I don’t think I’m an artist either, but that doesn’t stop me from drawing nearly every day. As with collage (which I also practice frequently), it stimulates my creativity and makes me feel better able to face my daily and long-term goals.
There has been some recent research into how good singing can be for everyone—especially those suffering from chronic pain and depression. In fact, group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins.
When you are living with a chronic illness, sometimes just getting out of bed, brushing your teeth, and feeding yourself can seem like mountains you can just barely climb. Adding something else on top of all that may seem like a hassle you don’t need.
Luckily, we’re here to remind you that if you have a chronic illness, it is especially important that you have goals outside of everyday self-maintenance. Here at Success Thang, we want to make sure chronic illness warriors do not allow their pain to impede achieving their dreams. Practicing creativity will not only help you to feel better overall, but will rewire your brain for success.