Staying Inspired: Tips To Improve Creativity & Mindfulness

Kelly Chan by Brian HK Chan, Rhea Magazine Summer 2016

Kelly Chan by Brian HK Chan, Rhea Magazine Summer 2016

Staying inspired 24/7 is easier said than done, and we can’t always be expected to stay creative and come up with new ideas immediately on the spot. But with every challenge, comes a solution (hopefully). Here are some tips and tricks that we do to improve our mindfulness and to save ourselves from creativity-block. Maybe these will work for you? 

1. Organise Your Workspace

It’s very easy to hoard things and create a small collection of clutter on your desk or under it (we hide lots of stuff down there too). Clearing out your workspace and keeping it organised can give your mind a sense of clarity and improve your concentration. It would also obviously make things easier to find and, with a clearer space, you can start your work more efficiently and increase your productivity.

2. Make A Mood Board

Mood boards are a great way to create a visual representation of your ideas. It's also a great source for inspiration from time to time. Keep a mood board of some of your favorite things (fashion pieces, beauty products or even food) and keep it near you but not in your plain sight. If you want to create an online mood board to reduce clutter, click here. Of course, Pinterest is also a great place to start. 

3. Keep A Doodle Diary

As an active keeper of a doodle diary myself, I can guarantee that this works. Have an idea or a thought that pops in your head? Whip out your doodle diary and take note of it. When you’re feeling low on ideas? Look through the doodle diary and see what you’ve written! You’re bound to become inspired as your doodle diary is literally filled with your own ideas! (A doodle diary is also a great way to pass the time when you’re bored; I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve drawn Pikachu in mine.)

4. Keep Your Nose Interested

Scents have been scientifically proven to have a strong link with memory. Scents can also be a great way to improve your mindfulness and bring peace to your work zone.  What am I talking about? Essential oils of course! Essential oils have been known to have health benefits and it has been used to improve mindfulness since the Roman Times! Rosemary and peppermint oils rubbed on to the temples or wrists can improve blood flow and refresh the senses, perfect as a pick me up when you don’t have time for a nap. As an alternative to essential oils, head to your closest beauty counter for a perfume sample. 

5. Treat Yourself

Every once in a while, you need to give yourself a pat on the back to congratulate yourself on the hard work you've done. I’m not suggesting you buy yourself something every time you finish an assignment or task... but that Chanel boy bag you’ve been eyeing for a while? It can be a source of motivation, and we all need a little motivation to keep us going.  The bottom line is, treat yourself to something that makes you happy, because you deserve it!

6. Stay Active

To keep your mind active you obviously have to get your blood pumping and flowing so your brain is ready to take on all your great plans and ideas. You obviously can’t do that if you’re in your room procrastinating on your laptop. Go out for a run or do something active to get your brain in gear. Keeping a healthy lifestyle is just as important when it comes to having a healthy mindset. Yoga is also a great way to improve your mindfulness and bring you to your center.

What are your tips and tricks for staying inspired? Has this post inspired you? Let us know by tweeting us @rheamagazine or by tagging us on Instagram @rheamagazine.