If you want to be more curious, think like a child. If you want to be more creative, play like a child.
But why would we want to be more curious or creative?
Obviously, I don’t know about your world but mine is filled with lists, schedules and deadlines. I organize money, time, and events daily which keeps my left brain working overtime. Ultimately, this leads to a life in the here and now with planning and reaction being my most frequently used tools. There are days that end with me being both exhausted and anxious. Incredibly, the answer is not sitting in front of the TV being entertained but by exercising my brain. Specifically, I focus on working the right side of my brain.
I find activities that are new, fun and easy. Furthermore, I seek out activities that make me curious and ask the questions “What is it?” and “What can I do with it?”.
By being more curious and creative, I can create new neuro pathways in my brain. This broadens my perception of the world which can only lead to more curiosity and creativity.
I am sure you have heard of the human body’s stress response. Our heart beat and breathing quickens, blood pressure and stress hormones rise as well as many other physiological responses. I have read countless articles on the negative affects of stress. However, reading an article cannot help reduce stress.
Fortunately, there is something called the relaxation response which can counteract the affects of stress. I know that I will never be able to eliminate stress from my life but I can control my reaction to it. Mindfulness is a very popular way to invoke the relaxation response but I also like to focus on being creative. I enjoy creating things from stuff I have in my home that both interest me and evoke that sense of wonder that I experienced as a child.
Some of my chosen activities are drawing, colouring, and doing easy kitchen experiments. The reaction between baking soda and vinegar never gets old in my world.
I urge you to take care of your brain because your life depends upon it.