Does Your Morning Routine Support Your Creativity

“Brrriiinnng. The alarm clock buzzes in another hectic weekday morning. You leap out of bed, rush into the shower, into your clothes and out the door with barely a moment to think. A stressful commute gets your blood pressure climbing. Once at the office, you glance through the newspaper, its array of stories ranging from discouraging to depressing to tragic. With a sigh, you pour yourself a cup of coffee and get down to work, ready to do some creative, original problem solving.”

Right. Does this routine support creative thinking? Not according to recent studies.

“In a study published in the journal Thinking and Reasoning last year, researchers Mareike Wieth and Rose Zacks reported that imaginative insights are most likely to come to us when we’re groggy and unfocused.”

I never thought about this before, but it just happens that I’ve always given myself time in the morning to lay in bed, groggy and unfocused, and remember my dreams. During this half-asleep half-awake time, many creative thoughts pop into my mind. I continue my creative thinking as I take my dogs for a walk, doing my Inner Bonding work to connect with my feelings and my spiritual Guidance. It’s often during this time that ideas for articles or other creative ideas pop into my mind. And I haven’t listened to or watched the news for years because it’s too upsetting and depressing.

While you might have to get up a half–hour or 45 minutes earlier to do all this, I would guess that the rest of your day would be much more satisfying. It makes it so much easier for me to stay tuned in to myself throughout the day when I start the day off with this routine.

Is it loving to yourself to NOT give yourself this time? I would bet that if you decided to support yourself in this way, you could find a way to go to sleep 30 or 45 minutes earlier and not lose any sleep.

Why Is All This Important?

Creativity feeds the soul. Your natural core self is intrinsically creative, and when you don’t give yourself creative time, you might feel deadened, numb or depressed inside.

Have you ever watched young children playing freely? They are naturally extremely creative in making up games and stories. I was recently with two of my grandchildren, Everest and Asher, ages seven and three. Even though there is a big age difference between them, they play wonderfully together. I felt great joy in watching them go from one creative, imaginative activity to another, learning and growing moment by moment. They often enlisted me to help in their play, which I joyously did. For example, Everest asked me to make some origami animal families that were too hard for him to make, and he and Asher made up a wonderful game around these animals that kept them occupied for over an hour.