Exercise your senses to get those creative juices flowing

Even the most creative individuals experience those days when nothing seems to be inspiring any productive work or ideas. Turns out your environment plays a vital role in the functionality of your senses. If your senses are not alert, your creativity can be hampered.

Here are some tips to heighten your senses:

Sight:

There is a definite link between the type of light your eyes take in, and your performance. The lighting in your work environment should vary depending on the type of work you are doing.

A study published in Behavioral Neuroscience exposed people to different lighting for six hours, two days in a row. The study found that those exposed to natural daylight were more alert and focused than those who were exposed to artificial light.

If you have to sit indoors all day, make sure you sit close to a window or at least have lighting that mimics daylight instead of unnatural fluorescent lighting.

Sound:

Working in silence is affective for focus however it is not the most effective to get your creativity flowing.

Studies have shown that creativity is boosted in an environment with ambient noise. There is even an app called Coffitivity that can be downloaded to make you feel as though you’re sitting in a coffee shop listening to the noise and chatter.

Touch:

A cold work environment can negatively impact your focus and attention. Your body is forced to use more energy to keep warm thus depriving your brain of all your energy reserves.

Keep an extra jersey at work for those colder days or for when the aircon is on low.

Taste:

How you fuel your body affects your energy levels and even your mood. A balanced diet of fruits, green vegetables, and complex carbohydrates will give you the energy needed to stay alert. Junk food can cause fatigue which then overflows into your work performance.

Smell:

Certain smells can trigger different psychological reactions in people. To enhance creativity, try vanilla and cinnamon smells. For improved cognitive performance, lemon and jasmine scents can work. To increase your energy, try smells like rosemary and grapefruit. Lastly, candles and incense have also been known to stimulate your mind.

There are now no more excuses for waning creativity. Set up your environment using these tips and get those creative juices flowing.

For the full article, please go to https://www.fastcompany.com/3031918/using-your-5-senses-to-jump-start-the-creative-process.

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