When I was younger, I was often found lying on the floor surrounded by a myriad of art materials: pens, pencils and paints! Always told off for being untidy, even now I secretly wish I could escape to a room full of wonderfully colourful art supplies where creativity is unlimited and materials never run out!
Creativity is there to be enjoyed and my mind never runs out of ideas! However, in order to get these imaginative thoughts down on paper, I ensure I do the following:
- Go out with a notebook and pen/pencil: Yes, I’ll be honest I do sometimes forget, but having something to write in is a great way of ensuring you never miss the chance to be creative and, more importantly, bottle a good idea. The outside world, distracting as it is, fills my senses with constant creativity and having a pen and paper is a great way of ensuring ideas are easily recalled at a later date!
- Go out with a childlike curiosity: Other people I know with ADHD say they still see the world with a constant insatiable curiosity and I’ll admit my fascination with everything I see, hear, smell, taste or feel has never waned even now I am in my early thirties. I always encourage children to be curious, as curiosity equals creativity and with creativity problems can be solved and, on a larger scale, the world can be improved!
- Never be afraid to laugh: I laugh at myself very frequently (as do the children I tutor) and I love making others happy through the simple joy of shared laughter. Happy brains are learning brains and any human is more likely to remember something if they have a positive association in their mind. Humour is included in all my lessons and it’s vital that fun is used to develop creativity!
Go out today and be creative! Never let anybody tell you that you’re not creative as every human has a wonderful, imaginative mind and those of us with ADHD have a superpower creativity just waiting to be activated!