Resilient individuals bring their creativity to bear on their problems and look for innovative solutions. Many artists (such as Rachmaninov and van Gogh) have used their creativity to help them overcome difficult periods in their lives. As these artists discovered, creativity can heal painful emotions and help us to enter into a state of absorption or "flow" where we are able to discover new perspectives.
- Make time for creativity, you won't be able to develop your creative abilities if you dont make time for them. Set time aside weekly to work a creative project.
- Overcome negative attitudes and stay positive - research suggests that during positive moods the best creative work is done.Attend a Resilience Programme workshop - learn how to switch your state and reduce the power of your inner critic, in order to use reflective thinking and provide a new perspective.
- Play with ideas - the true reward of creativity is the process itself, not the product.
- Know what works for you and when you are most creative - structure your day accordingly. Are you most alert and productive in the morning or in the afternoon? Plan creative tasks when you know you are at your best.
- Have a goal and enjoy the journey rather than seeking a payoff in order for it to be authentic. This will also increase your chance of having "flow" experiences - those when you become completely absorbed in the moment.
- Employ techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, relaxation, yoga to help you get into the zone.