Searching for ways ignite our creative sparks and keep them burning brightly is always a entertaining and rewarding pastime. When I came across some practical tips to make a work space more conducive to creativity, they inspired me to rethink my own writing environment, so I am passing them on:
Let there be light: We all know that light improves our mood, but there’s also evidence that it boosts our overall brain function. If your work space is short on sunlight, try using blue-tinted full-spectrum bulbs, which have wavelengths similar to the sun’s.
Surround yourself with inspiring objects: Talismans that have positive associations for you can spark feelings of happiness and peace; scattering these around your space as focal points can give you a boost when you get stuck. Creating an inspiration board with photos that express your artistic goals can also give you a lift.
Cultivate coziness: New research shows that the brain is calmer when people see furnishings that have rounded edges rather than sharp angles. So having cozy throw pillows and soft rugs in your space can help ease mental tension.
Tune into classical music: Instrumental music with a slow, steady pace (one beat per second) can help relax the body. It also fires up both sides of the brain.
Use your whole brain: researchers believe that shifting your eyes back and forth for 30 seconds may help to connect the left-and-right sides of your brain, which gives you access to more of your little gray cells.
Go green: A recent university study found that people in a room with greenery came up with more ideas than those in a room without plants. Just looking at the color green has a relaxing effect, which can also enhance creativity.
Would love to hear if any of these ideas inspire you and how they work out. Write on!