Nourishing Your Creativity
Stepping in and out of a creative mindset can be challenging. In order to avoid sluggishness, I’ve developed a creative routine build on a foundation of activities selected to nourish my inner creative spirit.
I consider the development and nourishment of my creativity to be essential.
Through trial and experimentation, I’ve put together a list of creative habits and loosely split them between seven categories — contemplation, mindfulness, movement, recharging, enrichment, getting out, and creating.
I’ve tried all of these, and have brought a few of my favourites into a flexible daily routine.
A skilled marathon runner wouldn't show up on race day unprepared and expect to run 26 miles. They train, consider their diet, and maintain quality sleep habits. Then, they are ready to run the long distance.
Same goes for creative practice.
Creative Training Habits
Activities that provide time for reflection and thoughtfulness
Keeping an audio diary
Setting time to be aware and cultivating awareness
Getting the body active and in motion
Taking a walk
Going to the gym
Restoring energy by connecting to a power supply
Skill-building and exposure to new things
Listening to a podcast
Learning something new
Stepping out into a new environment for inspiration
Spending time in nature
Quality me time
Making something in addition to the core work of the day
Keeping a scrapbook
Recording audio or video