How does one prepare for Halloween, a time of decorations and costumes galore? Mostly, it involves a whole lot of creativity. If you’re not feeling up to the challenge quite yet, there’s lots of things you can do to fix your brain freeze. Check out our top five suggestions below:
Act Like a Child
No one can doubt that as we get older, we tend to lose our naturally creative mindset as logic and reason come into play. Because of this, it’s valuable to get in touch with our inner child—the time when we were our most free from responsibility. What could this mean? You can scribble in a coloring book, make up new words to your favorite song, or write a short story. Whatever sparks your interest!
Listen to Julia Cameron
In The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron talks about doing a “brain dump” first thing in the morning in order to empty out your thoughts while they’re still active. She also suggests taking yourself out on an “Artist Date” every week—doing something fun on your own like attending an event in the park or catching an old movie in order to get more in tune with yourself.
Sign Up For a Class
This is a good option for those who need to stay accountable for their creativity or just want to try something totally new. Your local recreation center or community college should be offering classes on everything from to painting to accounting—even something out there like slam poetry. What better way to force your brain to be creative than trying something new?
Keep It Moving
Exercise doesn’t just jumpstart your heart—it jumpstarts your mind too! With all that oxygen flowing to your brain, you’ll find it’s easier get the creative process going and really start brainstorming. And if you just so happen to burn a few calories? It’s a win-win.
Do a Math Puzzle
It seems counterproductive to do a math puzzle in order to become more creative, but hear me out: Math is confusing. Because of that, working through a puzzle actually encourages your brain to think outside its “normal” capacities. If you’re not ready for a full-on brain teaser, sudoku or something similar is a good beginner move.
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Recommended grown-up coloring book:
Secret Garden by Johanna Basford