6 Simple Ways To Boost Creativity

“The only unique contribution we will ever give to this world will be born out of creativity” Brené Brown

When you hear the word creative, do you immediately think of skillful artists, successful musicians, established authors or even long gone childhood memories involving sticky back plastic and washing up bottles? Maybe you think creativity is just a word reserved for those talented types on Etsy. Whilst those people are clearly artistic, I also think that everyone has the potential to live a creative life. I do not think you need to be born creative, I think creativity is just like everything else – if you work at it, whatever it is, you will get good at it. Simple. And I promise you, even if you don’t turn out to be the next Jimi Hendrix or J.K Rowling you will have fun in the process.  Here are 6 simple ways to boost creativity:

Try something new. A couple of years ago, I decided I wanted to play the guitar. So, I got one and slowly taught myself using Youtube and guitar tabs online. My neighbors moved out around the same sorta time as I started learning so I dunno if that is just purely coincidence or not, but I did get better. I’m not rock star standard yet but I can string some chords together and play a few tunes which resemble Oasis songs. It’s a form of creativity that I enjoy and find super relaxing too. If there is something which you want to learn, I say go for it! Have the courage to try and the persistence to get better.

Listen to podcasts. Podcasts are a brilliant way to feel inspired and learn from those who have done it all before. Recently, I have been listening to Magic Lessons by Liz Gilbert where she talks about living creatively and Ctrl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon who chats about the internet, social media, feminism, creativity, identity, mental health, life, careers and everything in between. There are thousands and thousands of podcasts out there, so have a search online for ones which suit your tastes. You never know what snippets of wisdom you might uncover by tuning in and taking note.

Browse Pinterest. My favourite thing to do every morning is go on Pinterest and browse the latest pins. I like looking at motivational quotes, beautiful photography, colourful art, cute cats and cool haircuts. But that is just me. So instead of logging onto Facebook or reading some negative news, go onto Pinterest for a daily dose of inspiration and motivation. Start the day in a positive and uplifting way. You will feel better for it and it may even spark a little creativity too.

Be persistent. To get better at something, you have to keep doing it and doing it and… you know, doing it. There is no other way. For example, I must have taken the same photo today about 20 or more times, rearranging the props, adding something new, taking something away, approaching from different angles, zooming in, zooming out before I thought it was okay. I then spent more time in Photoshop messing around with fonts, changing the colours and moving things around before I was actually happy.  So I say stick with it and keep experimenting until you get there.

Get moving. Feeling in a creative slump? Get some exercise! My best thinking happens when I go outside, put my headphones in and just walk. The mix of fresh air and a change of scenery is enough to clear the mind and make space for some imaginative ideas. Exercise is my go-to activity when I am feeling uninspired and generally down. Whatever I do, whether is it is swimming, walking, yoga or a fitness class – I always feel better afterwards, full of inspiration and positive energy.

Let go of perfection. There is no right or wrong when it comes to being creative, you are free to express yourself however you want to. You don’t need to follow any set rules; just go with the flow and make it up as you go along. Your creation will be special, unique and tell its own beautiful story. Most importantly, don’t use self-doubt as a barrier that prevents you from starting a new project. Whatever your standard now, keep going and you will improve. So be brave, pick up the pen, practice the piano, paint that picture, whatever, and you might actually just surprise yourself.

I hope you enjoyed my post today! What do you do to boost creativity and inspire new ideas? Do you have any favourite podcasts at the moment? I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

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  1. January 31, 2018 / 3:58 pm

    Love these tips! Really trying to get my creativity extra strong at the moment, I think consistently doing little creative things helps me the most. If I go for a week without writing/drawing/whatever it is, then I find it really daunting to get back into!

    • February 2, 2018 / 7:57 am

      Thanks so much for your lovely thoughtful comment Alys 💖. I know what you mean, having a break makes you feel a bit rusty. Consistency is definitely so important 💕😘 xx

  2. January 31, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Nice post!! Very inspirational!

    • February 2, 2018 / 7:58 am

      Thanks so much! ☺️💕 xx

  3. January 31, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    I loved this! Letting go of perfection is definitely a hard one for me. Not that I’m perfect lol but when I’m trying to do something, I get this idea in my mind of that it should look like, and when it doesn’t turn out that way I get so frustrated. I’m working on it, but it ain’t easy. Thanks for sharing these tips! I’ll have to check some podcasts out

    • February 2, 2018 / 8:00 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely thoughtful comment Maria! 💖 Perfectionism is always a tough one! Definitely check out some podcasts, they are great for inspiration ☺️💕 xx

  4. Shaun
    January 31, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    A very inspirational post Bexa 😘. I agree that self-doubt should never be used as a barrier 😄. I like your persistence tip, to keep trying at something is always the way forward ☺️. I also love your photo too, very professional 😄😍❤️😘 xxxx

    • February 2, 2018 / 8:01 am

      Thanks so much Shaun! 💖 I agree! Persistence is key to getting good at something ☺️ aww and I’m glad you liked the photo! ☺️😘😍💖 xxxx

  5. January 31, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    Great tips! Especially letting go of perfection, that is so important! As an adult it’s so much harder starting out because I think we struggle to be bad at things for a bit before we’re good at them. I completely agree that everyone has the capacity to be creative if they just let themselves 🙂

    • February 2, 2018 / 8:04 am

      Thanks so much Katie! 💖 That’s so true! Perfectionism is so much harder as an adult, I don’t remember worrying too much about whether it would turn out well or not as a child ☺️. We just gotta relax and go with the flow 💕🎉 xx

  6. January 31, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    These are great tips! When I need to boost my creativity I always go for Pinterest. There’s always something great on there!
    Ellie | elliekblog.blogspot.co.uk xx

    • February 2, 2018 / 8:05 am

      Thanks so much Ellie! Pinterest is full of inspiration, I love it! 🎉💖 xx

  7. Shevy du Toit
    February 1, 2018 / 9:23 am

    Awesome post as always lovely xx I think it’s so important to throw yourself into something, anything creative. Creativity can be such a positive outlet! I’m often told I’m so creative when it comes to writing though I never saw it as creativity, just me doing something that I loved. Therein lies the key – if you are doing something you love that can influence yourself or others without causing harm, you are being creative – it doesn’t matter if you’re good at it or not! I took up watercolour pencil art and I’m loving it, I’m no artist but it’s sure as hell creative 😂

    • February 2, 2018 / 8:10 am

      Aw thanks so much for your lovely thoughtful comment Shevy 💖. I totally agree! Doing something you love is definitely key! If we are enjoying the moment we worry less about the outcome ☺️. You are definitely a creative writer, your blog posts are always so beautifully written and articulate 😊. Yay! Watercolour pencil art sounds so fun and relaxing! Enjoy! 💖🎉 xx

  8. February 1, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    Love the tips you have suggested! Sometimes nothing beats going for a walk and clearly your head so you can properly think things through and also get inspired by all the amazing things you can see! Surprising as it may be, I only really properly got into the nail art stuff when me and my sister created the website so definitely agree with being persistent, I can see over the past month how I’m growing and getting better at it as I learn – it’s exciting and helps keep me motivated and thinking of creative ideas I can try out next 😀


    • February 2, 2018 / 8:13 am

      Thanks so much for the lovely thoughtful comment Amy! 💖 Wow, I’m super impressed that you haven’t been doing nail art for long! You are sooo good at it! Having a blog is so awesome and motivating to look back and see the progression! I’m always excited to see what you come up with next 💖🎉 xx

  9. Zoe Jackson
    February 1, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    This post is awesome, I’m an artist and I’ve always believe that anyone can create art with practice and persistence. When I’m feeling uninspired I go for a walk and sit by the ocean for a little while to refresh and recharge and the walking is a fun bit of exercise.

    • February 2, 2018 / 8:15 am

      That’s such a good tip Zoe! 💖 Sitting by the ocean sounds so calming and relaxing, a great place to feel inspired! I love your art too, you are very talented and creative! 💖🎉 xx

  10. L
    February 1, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    This is such a good post! Brilliant tips that I will definitely use! 😁

    • February 2, 2018 / 8:15 am

      Thanks so much L, glad you enjoyed the post 💕☺️ xx

  11. Arora
    February 1, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    Love these tips! Never thought about listening to podcasts for inspiration, which other ones do you recommend?
    – Arora x

    • February 2, 2018 / 8:41 am

      Good question! 💖 I’ve only listened to the two mentioned in my blog, but I asked twitter for recommendations, here are the responses:

      Super Soul Conversations
      Tim Ferriss
      Receive Your Life – Janice Campbell
      Style Your Mind – Cara Alwill Leyba
      The Influencer Podast – Julie Solomon
      Full Mascara, Full Coverage
      Breaking Beauty
      Raise Your Hand Say Yes – Tiffany Hans
      Let It Out – Katie Daleabout
      Dear Sugar Radio

      Hope that helps, let me know which ones you enjoy 💖 xx

  12. February 1, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    Oh I love this post! I miss those childhood days of glitter glue and peeling off your hands when it dried. I am obsessed with pinterest already but you’re right, I really need to just switch my laptop off and give it a go. Most of my creativity comes from writing and acting but I think actually making something would do me the world of good. Also, you may have already heard of it (and it’s completely unrelated!) but I love The Guilty Feminist podcast, thought I’d pass on the recommendation!


    • February 2, 2018 / 8:45 am

      Aw yes! Glitter glue is definitely a fond memory! 💖 Pinterest is my favourite place for inspiration ☺️ and writing and acting are such good creative outlets 💕. Aw thank you for the podcast recommendation Charlotte! I’m adding it to my list of ones to check out ☺️💕 xx

  13. Hels
    February 1, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    Great selection of tips! I find going for a swim is really helpful for me, as is Pinterest and reading other blogs that I love! My favourite podcast is My Dad Wrote a Prno – probably not the most creatively inspiring, but amazing nonetheless!
    Hels xx

    • February 2, 2018 / 8:46 am

      Swimming is such a relaxing form of exercise and encourages so much creative thinking 💖. Thanks for the podcast recommendation Hels! It sounds like a fun one, I’ll definitely check it out! ☺️💕 xx

    • February 2, 2018 / 8:50 am

      Thank you for the comment Jessica & James! 💖 I’ve only just started listening to podcasts have definitely need to listen to some more! ☺️💕 xx

  14. Megan Atkinson
    February 1, 2018 / 5:30 pm

    Loved the post! I’m going to pretend that I browsed Pinterest for an hour today for ‘creativity’ and not to decide on my next holiday😂 x


    • February 2, 2018 / 8:53 am

      He he, love it! 😂 I’m always searching for holiday inspiration too! Maybe it is a form of creative thinking after all 😄💖 xx

  15. corinne & kirsty
    February 1, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    These are all great tips! When I don’t know what to do for my pictures, I always go on pinterest! some much inspo there! xx corinne

    • February 2, 2018 / 8:54 am

      Pinterest is such a great place for new inspiration, it’s perfect for photo ideas too! 💖 Thanks so much for the comment Corinne 😘 xx

  16. February 1, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    Some really great tips here. I struggle with letting go of my inner perfectionist so that holds me back a lot sometimes. I love a good podcast though thanks for listing some of your favourites x


    • February 2, 2018 / 8:55 am

      Thanks so much for the comment Sophie! 💖 Perfectionism is always a tough one to let go. I’m loving podcasts at the moment too, so much inspiration and motivation out there! ☺️💕 xx

  17. Jazmin Heaven
    February 1, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    I loved this post. Creativity really does let you express yourself, in lots of way! I do creative writing at uni and enjoy it 🙂 xxv

    • February 2, 2018 / 8:56 am

      Creative writing at uni sounds like such an enjoyable subject! 💖 Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts Jazmin ☺️💕 xx

  18. February 1, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    I really need to start listening to more podcasts! Thank you for the suggestions

    • February 2, 2018 / 8:57 am

      No problem! Hope you enjoy them Jenn! ☺️💕 xx

  19. February 1, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    Fantastic inspirational post! I have never listened to a podcast and haven’t used Pinterest before so am going to give them a go to spark my creativity when I’m feeling low. Thanks for sharing your tips 😃

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    • February 2, 2018 / 8:58 am

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment Melanie! 💖 Pinterest and podcasts are both great ways to feel motivated and inspired ☺️ Hope you enjoy! 💕 xx

  20. Lena Dee
    February 1, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    You’re highly creative so I hope would listen to you cause these are awesome tips! I think that’s pretty cool that you thought yourself guitar 🎸 lol I feel like I need to teach myself to sing so we can be a cool band 😂 also lol even if you don’t know how to use Pinterest it simply oozes creativity. I’ll check out that Ctrl Alt Del pod, the name sounds cool 😎 lovely as always Bex!

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

    • February 2, 2018 / 9:03 am

      Ha ha yes girl! 💖 We would definitely form some kinda cool band together, it would rock! 🎸😎🤟🏻 Aw I’m glad you enjoyed the post, ha ha Pinterest does have its uses after all 😊. Let me know what ya think of the podcast, I need to listen to more! 😍 Thanks so much for your lovely comment Lena 💖 xx

  21. February 1, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    These are such good tips, Bexa. I’m not at all creative but I do take inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest, they’re both really good sources. And as I’ve put on nearly a stone since becoming a freelancer who sits at her desk nearly all day every day, I’ve decided that as of next week I’m going to get out for a 30 minute walk every day in the fresh air. I’m aiming to shed the weight but fingers crossed Nature will be inspiring too – watch this space! Great post, I loved reading it, thank you for sharing xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • February 2, 2018 / 9:09 am

      He he, I know exactly what you mean about sitting down all day, its so easy to gain weight! 🙈 Walking is such a good way to burn some calories and feel inspired 💖. 30 minutes of fresh air and exercise a day sounds perfect! 💕 Thank you so much for your comment Lisa, I’m glad you enjoyed the post ☺️😘 xx

  22. February 1, 2018 / 9:56 pm

    These were such good tips, I’m definitely going to try a few of them. I already love browsing Pinterest it is so much fun and totally makes me feel more creative.

    • February 2, 2018 / 9:10 am

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment Issie, I’m a big fan of Pinterest, it’s perfect for inspiration! ☺️💕 xx

  23. February 2, 2018 / 12:20 am

    Very motivational post, I love it! ♡
    Pinterest has become an addiction for me as it’s bursting with creativity in every aspect of life 🙂
    I’ve not listened to any podcasts before but have been recommended a fair few times now so I might look into it.
    Great tips, loving your content!

    Jessica xo | jessinwonderlandx.blogspot.co.uk

    • February 2, 2018 / 9:11 am

      Thanks so much for your lovely encouraging comment Jessica! 💖 Pinterest is one of my favourite places to feel inspired! I’ve only recently discovered podcasts and finding them soo interesting! Would definitely recommend 😘 xx

  24. February 2, 2018 / 5:03 am

    Great post love, it can really help me on days where I have no creativeness in me!

    • February 2, 2018 / 9:14 am

      Thanks so much MJ, so glad you enjoyed the post! ☺️💕 xx

  25. Claire
    February 2, 2018 / 9:58 am

    I love this post! I hear so many people talking about how great podcasts are…but I’ve never actually listened to any. Maybe this is the next thing I should start to do 🙂 xx


    • February 3, 2018 / 7:49 am

      Thank you Claire! 💖 I would definitely recommend podcasts, I’ve only started listening to them recently and they are so inspirational. I’m enjoying Ctl Alt Delete by Emma Gannon right now, so many great guests on her show 😘 xx

  26. February 2, 2018 / 10:19 am

    I love being creative. My passion is scrapbooking which is something I have been doing for almost 10 years now. The best thing is that there are no rules, you can create whatever you like and go wherever your creativity takes you. Blogs, Pinterest and Instagram are such wonderful places to find inspiration too.

    • February 3, 2018 / 7:52 am

      That’s so true Jane! 💕 I love how scrapbooking has no rules and you can have the freedom to do what you like 💖🎨✍🏻. It’s so much fun! Thank you so much for the comment 😘 xx

  27. February 7, 2018 / 11:07 pm

    Love these tips! I recently was struggling with lack of creativity or inspiration and I began decorating my planner. I feel it has truly helped me get my groove on. Getting out and about has also done wonders for my energy and motivation.

    • February 8, 2018 / 7:44 am

      Decorating your planner is a fabulous idea! 💖 It sounds so creative and a great way to stay organised too! Going out and about is always a brilliant motivational boost ☺️. Thank you for your lovely comment Jani and so glad you enjoyed the tips 😘✨ xx

  28. September 15, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    These are great suggestions! Particularly excited to learn about the podcasts! Didn’t know Liz Gilbert had one. Awesome sauce!

    • September 16, 2018 / 6:10 pm

      Thank you so much! 💖 Liz Gilbert’s podcast are so inspirational, would definitely recommend 💕☺️ xx

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