How do we find creativity in the midst of chaos? Maybe not chaos. That might be a bit dramatic. Let’s say busyness. How do we find creativity in the midst of extreme busyness?
This time of the year especially, we are all busy, busy. With work, family, shopping for gifts, planning parties, going to parties, and participating in the many events we have going on. Not to mention the emotional rollercoaster we may be on with all of the family gatherings and events. From all of this we get tired, we get grumpy, and we get overwhelmed quickly.
So during these times, how do we find creativity? How do we hold onto our dream of being __________ (You fill in the blank) when life is swirling around us? How do we stay balanced, calm, and focused on what is really important to us?
This is partially a call for self-care. Sleeping when our bodies need rest. Taking time to sit and clear our minds for a bit. (See our post on “Moving Meditation”) Taking a walk. Doing a little movement of some sort. Eating what we know our bodies need, rather than always grabbing quick junk food. (I’m preaching to the choir with all of this. Don’t think that I’m putting this out there for you all to do and I’m not in need of it myself.)
If you take care of yourself then you have more to give to those around you. You have energy to put into finding and living that dream. Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean that you need to lose sight of where you really want to be in life. Being busy for a spell can slow us down, but it doesn’t have to stop our forward progress.
To keep your mood high, your mind clear, and to keep that forward momentum, even when life gets crazy busy, try doing some of the things that help me.
Do something at least once a day that makes you smile. Something that you do just for the fun of it.
I know what you’re thinking: “I don’t have time for fun, I have too much to do.” It doesn’t have to be a long time. Start with 5 minutes. It can be stressful working, then going to the store, home to cook, and getting everything on our to-do list done. If you can’t spare 5 minutes, then at least make what you have to do fun. While you’re driving, listen to fun music rather than the news for a change. Listen to a funny podcast. Or turn the radio off all together and just enjoy the silence.
Watch a funny video. Brandon Farris is one of my favorites to watch when I need a little break. He never fails to make me laugh. Or watch Mark Borella’s videos. You can’t help but smile when you watch him. He’s so passionate about what he does.
Read a book. Even if it’s just a few pages at a time. Or read an inspiring story in a magazine. The goal is to steer clear of anything serious or heavy. Find something that is light-hearted; something you can read and just turn your mind off for a bit.
Take a nap. It has been proven that even cat naps can improve your mood and mental well-being.
Write; in whatever way that seems fun to you. Write in a journal to get ideas out of your head before you go to bed. This will help you to sleep better. Write a little short story about something. For more ideas check out our post about writing. Write a drabble. What’s a drabble? Check out this post to find out.
Watch how others do things. This is something that most people don’t do. Or they don’t do it without judging. Watch how someone else wraps a present or loads their groceries into their car. We can learn from others and find new ways to do things. Sometimes we may even find easier ways to do things. Most of us are stuck in our own routines and we don’t ever search for new ways to do things. Even if we know our old ways aren’t working, we are more comfortable staying set in our routine than making the effort to change things because it’s familiar. Stepping outside of your routine will open up new pathways in your brain, it will give you a chance to improve, and it will open up your creativity.
Whatever you choose to do, give your mind a little while each day to recharge. This allows that little voice inside to be heard. It allows you to make decisions based on what you really feel you should do, what you really want to do, versus making decisions based on being tired and overly emotional. It allows you to stay in a space where you can handle anything that is thrown at you, versus constantly being stressed out. It allows you to see the beauty in life, versus seeing only the bad.
Embrace the chaos. Sometimes all we can do is embrace what is going on around us and roll with it. If we spend our time trying to fight what is going on, complaining about how we wish things were different, we just end up being more stressed. On the flip side, if we go with the flow, take what is happening and always find the positive or find the lesson, it lowers our stress levels drastically. Accept that it is a busy time and adjust accordingly. Accept that things may be out of your control and do what you can with what you have.
These are some of the things that help me to stay in a good place, even when things around me are insane. What creative ways do you use to stay calm, centered, and focused on your dreams when life gets crazy?