Free your mind, daydreaming is the way to go

Creativity can rise from any situation, if one is in the right state of mind for it. Some say you have to isolate yourself to be left alone with your mind, others say you have to read a lot to get your imagination flowing. There is one kind of state of mind that can generate creativity, without you even realizing it. This state of mind is daydreaming.

Daydreaming, characterised as a short-term detachment from one’s immediate surroundings, is a moment when one’s contact with reality is quite blurry and partially substituted with a visionary fantasy of happy and positive thoughts. During the state of daydreaming, the mind wanders and enters a state of what is called relaxed attention, which is a state between meditation and intense focus.

In this situation, your mind is said to be in a state of optimal productive visual thinking, and it rids the body of tenseness, while at the same time learning to release and focus its energy to the task one is doing. This helps the creative part of the brain to be in full activity and improves the creative aspect to the activity being completed. When your mind is relaxed and free to go anywhere, the body feels it and you might feel lighter, happier and more serene.

As CEO of IDEO Tim Brown said, “Our brains can make cognitive leaps when we’re not completely obsessed with a challenge, which is why good ideas sometimes come to us when we’re in the shower or taking a walk or on a long drive.” Makes sense doesn’t it? So to trigger your creativity, let your mind be free and go wherever it wants, daydreaming and fantasising, or even just think of nothing in particular, and you’ll see, creative ideas will bloom.