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Sometimes you just need to hit the creative reset button…

Know what I mean?

Creativity takes a LOT of energy, and sometimes that energy is just gone.

Burned out…

You can’t be creative if your creative well is totally depleted.

I absolutely cannot create when I’m cranky…

You know that feeling, the one people call “being in a bad mood” or “feeling off”.

It usually happens when I’ve been burning the candle at both ends, and I’ve just plain burned myself out.

The truth is you can’t be at the top of your game at the easel or in life if you’ve depleted that creative well.

Here’s one the easiest things that I’ve found that help me to get over and out of myself…

To short-circuit that cranky bad mood and get back in creative mode:

The fastest way I know to reset that creative button is to get outside.

Out into nature.

One of my favorite places is deep in the woods…

Where the sound of cars disappears…

Where there’s no cell signal…

And the loudest noise is the sound of the wind in the trees.

But what if you can’t get to the woods??

In this video I talk about how I find my reset button even if I’m in the middle of the city.

“…the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

Creativity Hack #1: Go move your feet. Take a walk. Get outside. Catch some sun.

We humans are designed for movement. But sometimes we forget that!

Which is a shame since it’s one of the best tools on the planet for getting the creative juices flowing.

A recent Stanford University study found people increase their creative output by about 60% while they walk.

AND you don’t have to be doing a power walk.

Strolling…

Ambling…

Rambling…

That sort of walking without a definitive purpose, like exercise or losing weight, actually is more beneficial for creativity.

Doesn’t matter if it’s inside or out…

Although if you’re outside you get the added boost of being in contact with nature.

So go get out there!

Whether it’s to the woods, or the beach, or the mountains, get out and take in some nature.

It’s one of the best ways to get to your peak creative state.

What’s your favorite place to reconnect with nature? Let me know in the comments here.

Happy Painting!
Mary

 

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