Creativity can be defined as coming up with a new or better way of answering a question or solving a problem. In life, we often get distracted by our busy schedules and daily routines. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with insightful solutions to a difficult problem. When you find yourself in a creative rut, consider the following tips.

  • Change Your Way of Thinking

When approached by a difficult challenge, be positive about finding a solution. Positivity is a key to unlocking your creative mindset. Sometimes we fall into patterns of telling ourselves “I can’t” or “I don’t know.” With an attitude like this, you’re more than just creating a negative outlook for the whole situation. Instead, be positive. Tell yourself “I have what it takes to figure this out”, or “There’s definitely a way of solving this problem”. These types of statements are going to jump-start your creative mindset. When you have a positive mindset, answers will follow.

  • Take a Break From Your Routine

Think outside the box. Give yourself a day (or a few hours) to step away from your normal routine. Listen to new music, learn a new language, visit a museum, or just problem solve in a different environment. Taking a break from your daily routine will help widen your perspective and in turn refresh your creativity.

  • Increase your Movement

Studies have shown that exercise helps stimulate your brain by generating new neurons. Physical activity helps us get out of our heads and stimulate our bodies in new patterns. Engage in activities like running, weight lifting, yoga, or biking and fresh ideas will begin to appear. Even going for a walk around the block can clear your head and make space for new ideas.

  • Read or Watch Inspiring Biographies

Can inspiration be contagious? Absolutely! Learning about other people’s inspirational stories will help you in your quest for creativity. Let their examples be your guide.


“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.”
– George Bernard Shaw