Stuck? Try one of these ideas next time you’re in a creative rut.

Cuddle your pet

Cuddling stimulates the release of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, which help to create a calming effect and allow you to focus on the present moment. Plus, endorphins and cute animals. 💜

7-min workout

Regular exercise is associated with improved divergent and convergent thinking, which are the two components of creative thinking. Additionally, exercise also increases dopamine, which improves focus.

Shower

The relaxing environment of a shower allows your mind to wander freely and open up to your subconscious stream of thought. A high-dopamine, relaxed state is the foundation for creative thought and idea formation.

Nap like Dalí

When Salvador Dalí needed inspiration, he used to fall asleep while holding a small object in his hand, which clattered to the floor and woke him up just as he started to doze off. This “creative sleep spot” allows you to access otherwise inaccessible information that lay just below conscious thought.

Take an ART break

Use ART (Attention Restoration Theory) to renew cognitive resources through interaction with natural environments during long creative sessions. The best way to achieve the full benefits of ART is to create a designated restorative place for yourself.