How to Stimulate Creativity While Quieting Your Mind in 4 Steps

Many people have trouble slowing down their thoughts whether they are flooded with constant reminders, nonstop to-do lists, relentless self-imposed stresses, or a combination of all of these. This problem of having a brain that simply wont shut off not only can give you sleep and health issues from continuous stress, but can also squelch creativity. 

The perfect playing ground for creative thoughts to stew is that of a blank mind. A mind that is not over crowded by distractions has space for outstanding notions. Every-day qualms and responsibilities act as roadblocks when embarking on a creative journey. 

 

So, how do you craft this glorious clean slate? Here is how in 4 simple steps:

1. The early bird gets the worm.

It may be hard to believe, but the calmest state of the brain is when it is not fully awake for the day. Most creativity tends to flow early in the morning. Once your day has begun, it is almost impossible to completely clear your head of tedious thoughts. 

2. Comfort is key.

When striving for inspiration, a private setting in which you feel at ease is crucial. One that is quiet, peaceful, and away from anything that may distract you is ideal. Make sure you are physically comfortable as well. Cozy up with your favorite tea by the fireside. 

3. Purify and activate your energy system.

When we look after our energy systems we look after our deepest needs, including the physical, emotional and spiritual. A healthy diet, physical exercise and lots of sleep and relaxation are essential to having a healthy energy system. Yoga will help with this greatly! The deep twists and cleansing powers of the breathing techniques will help you to detox and reset your systems in the body. 

4. Just relax.

Sit in an upright position. Use your breathing to calm yourself and erase any tension that you may be holding throughout your body. Follow your breathing while ridding your mind of any distracting thoughts. 

Many people have different techniques when it comes to meditation. Practice and try new ways of mediation daily. It may take time to figure out what method works the best for you, but with time comes peace of mind. 

 

David Schmenk

David Schmenk is the Managing Editor for ExtremeFitness.com. David received his BA in Marketing at Tiffin University in Ohio, and studied international marketing at the British American College of London in London, England. 

As a lifelong, multi-sport athlete, David has developed a broad range of experience and knowledge in a variety of training and performance techniques. During his time as a college athlete, David began to develop an interest in  martial arts and studied Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muy Thai. After college he worked in the Technology field and also became a CPT, training individuals in sports-specific programs for strength and conditioning. He later found an interest in Yoga and began practicing and studying Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga. He now holds a Yoga Alliance 200 RYT certification in Power Vinyasa yoga and teaches clients of all ages and skill levels. 

David maintains an active lifestyle by practicing yoga daily, and he also integrates strength and cardiovascular training throughout the week. He competes in any, and all sports when has the opportunity, and he also coaches his son’s youth sports teams. In his free time he is an avid traveler, outdoors-man, and artist. For any questions or comments for him directly please email [email protected].