Creativity Part 3 - Creative ideas

Here are some further suggestions for bringing more creativity in to your life:

Movement *

Another way of being creative is through movement. You don’t have to be a dancer to be able to use movement as a means of expression. Dancing encourages us to connect with our bodies and our inner world, it can be meditative or cathartic and ground us in the present moment. Movement is intrinsic to human beings and was used by Ancient humans during rituals and ceremonies.

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Creativity Part 2 - Creative ideas

There are many different mediums that can be used for tapping into our creativity. It can be fun giving different artistic methods a go in order to find the ones that you connect with the most. Here are some examples of different creative mediums that can be used:

  • Creating shapes from Plasticine or clay

  • Movement/dancing

  • Creating music and songs

  • Painting or drawing

  • Making a collage

  • knitting, sewing or felting

  • Origami

  • Writing


Doodling is the first creative method I will be covering in this series of blogs.

Doodling is often thought of as a spontaneous activity used to stave off boredom. Whether that be in a dull lecture or meeting or whilst on the telephone. Doodling is is a simple activity that requires little effort, skill or time, yet it can have a powerful impact on our minds and emotions. A psychologist called Jackie Andrade (2010) carried out a study that suggested doodling creates the right amount of stimulus to keep our brains active, rather than wondering off, which results in greater memory recall.

In 1938 Mclay et al. suggested that doodling is frequently used when:

waiting for an idea for solving a crossword puzzle... seeking inspiration, preparing lessons.... It serves not only as a recreation from concentrated work but also from mechanical repetitive activities like "memorizing", "transposing music"

Mclay et al (1938) suggests that doodling “may be an outlet for motor tension” and a “distraction of their [the doolers] thoughts from unpleasant contents.”

So doodling not only reduces boredom and engages our creativity but it can aid memory, concentration, bring inspiration, whilst reducing negative thinking and physical tension. So whilst on the surface doodling can appear as a rather pointless activity there are many benefits to engaging in it.

So, pick up that pen or pencil, give it a go and see what you think. If it’s not for you then I will be continuing these blogs for other creative ideas you can try

Andrade, Jackie (2010) What does doodling do? Applied Cognitive Psychology, January 2010, Vol.24(1), pp.100-106

Mclay, W.S., Guttmann, M.D., and Mayer-Gross M.D., (1938) Spontaneous Drawings as an Approach to some Problems of Psychopathology: Published in Journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine. 31(11). Pg. 1337.

Creativity Pt 1 - You don't need to be an artist to be creative

What comes to mind if you think of the word ‘creativity’?

For me, it used to conjure up images of elaborate works of art. Creativity was something reserved for artists, authors or musicians. I did not believe myself to be a creative person.

When I look back I realise that as a child I was very creative. I could spend hours writing stories, making things and drawing pictures. There was nothing I loved more than to sit with paint, crayons, glue or other art materials and creating something just for the sake of it.

Somewhere along the way my artistic side got rejected, first by others and then by myself. However, over time I have learnt to no longer deny that part of me. I now realise that being creative has nothing to do with skill and talent but about my personal self expression and doing it just for the joy of it.

Do you hold yourself back from engaging in creative tasks? If so, what blocks you from doing this?

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