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How to be creative when you’re not a creative person

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We’ve all been there. That frustration you feel when you’re expected to come up with a brilliant new idea, but no matter how much you stare at your laptop, all you’re drawing is a blank.

“But I’m not creative,” you tell yourself. Luckily, that’s where you’re wrong — we’re all creative. In fact, many psychologists argue that creativity isn’t something you’re born with; it’s actually a skill that can be learned. And, as with any other skill, you can only get better at it with practice.

Flex your creative muscle

Try these cognitive exercises:

Listen to music while you work. Turning on your favorite tunes can help you focus on whatever task you’re working on. Music can put you in a better mood and calm your nerves if you’re feeling anxious.

Connect with creative people. If you’ve hit a wall, it’s time to tap into the creativity of others since a different point of view can inspire a fresh perspective. If you surround yourself with like-minded people, you may not get the best critique possible. Not only will creative people give you unique feedback, but they can motivate you to do your best work.

Take a creative course. If you’re the type who needs direction and structure, a creative course with guided instruction could be right up your alley. The class can be anything from photography or learning to play an instrument to pottery making and writing poetry. Taking a creative course can expose you to a fresh perspective on your own ideas and learn from your peers.

Channel your inner child. Often seen as naturally creative, children don’t hold back. Use this childlike approach when facing a creative challenge to push your limits by taking risks and, remember, have fun.

Brainstorm while you exercise. Exercise benefits your body and mind. In fact, it can be linked to more creative thinking. Step away from your desk for a lunch break walk or sign up for an after-hours yoga class to stretch your creative muscle.

Try new cultural experiences. Your mind is stimulated by new sights, sounds, tastes and smells. Visit a gallery or try a new restaurant. Traveling to different places and immersing yourself into that culture allows you to learn a new way of thinking that you can later apply to your own ideas.

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