How to get yourself into a positive mindset and spark creativity in your life after the chilly winter months? Spring is the perfect season for ‘new’ beginnings. Think of it as a second chance to set resolutions to finish the year strong. Yes, because apparently the countdown has just started. Suddenly everyone is talking about how many days are left before 2020. But it’s just the end of September! We still have plenty of time to make these ‘last’ days count.
The sunnier spring days and the metaphor of rebirth in nature bring an extra dose of inspiration to our lives. It’s an ideal time to boost our creativity, be intentional and look for ways to spice up our life.
At Paint for Fun, we’re all about helping you be more creative. So, here are four ways you can break out of the winter slump and welcome the new season with a renewed mindset.
1. Pump yourself up with a new music playlist
Music’s superpower is its ability to instantly change your state. It triggers certain emotions and can help you get motivated and raise your energy levels. However, do you find yourself listening to the same tunes over and over? This time of the year can be an ideal time to ‘spring clean’ your playlist and explore new music.
“New music challenges the brain in a way that old music doesn’t. It might not feel pleasurable at first, but that unfamiliarity forces the brain to struggle to understand the new sound.”
So, whether you add completely new songs or rediscover music you used to love, tap into the power of music this spring.
2. Renew your workspace
If you could have any kind of workspace, what would it look like? Rearranging your workspace or adding in new inspiring details can reenergise you and renew your motivation to get things done. Take a hard look at your desk and think of creative ways to improve what you’re staring at.
You’ll probably also want to de-clutter your workspace by removing anything that is unnecessary. Yes, some jobs that require more creativity may benefit from having a more stimulating work station. However, try to balance inspiration with not losing focus.
It’s a good idea to change things up every once in a while, whether it be making more space for yourself or rearranging your setups. Even sitting or standing in a different position may trigger different types of thoughts and moods that could be the spark for a breakthrough idea.
3. Get curious about developing a new skill
Have you ever wanted to learn something new but lacked motivation? Well, now is just the right time for you to start exploring your interests. You don’t need to go all in and dedicate a whole lot of your time and mental power to it. Start small. Just take a class, go to a free event or learn on your own first. Slowly dip your toes in the water to really measure how enjoyable you find this new activity.
Painting for fun is one of those pleasures in life that most people don’t tap into. We may be biased, of course, but painting is a great skill to learn to ignite your creativity and boost your well-being.
Again, you don’t need to commit to a full-on painting course and get all the fancy materials. All you need is a safe place to create and unleash your inner artist. No pressure, no expectations, step-by-step instruction and a relaxed atmosphere.
4. Create a Vision Board
Following the vibe of new beginnings to finish our 2019 strong, a vision board is a great tool. Decide what you want to manifest in your life before the end of the year and put it on your wall. We have a great blog post detailing how to create your vision board.
Unleash your creativity with all sorts of powerful images and get excited about what you’re committed to attracting to your life. A vision board gives you greater clarity about your goals. And by constantly being reminded of your dreams, your mind gets to work on creative ways to make them a reality.
Which one of these strategies will you take action on? Let us know in the comments below.