A Question was proposed to me today that goes like this: Is it possible to respond creatively to life’s challenges instead of falling into depression or despair? In answer I thought I would think of creative ways to deal with the everyday stresses and challenges that come my way:
sing or listen to a favorite song
read or tell jokes
write my feelings down
color or draw a picture
write a poem
Play the “If I were” game: Ask myself”If I were …” how would I address this challenge? I could be anyone: a millionaire, Tiger Woods, anyone. –
Compare feelings to objects, shapes or colors such as; If my sadness were a color it would be__________write about it
Use random input : Choose a word from the dictionary and look for novel connections between the word and my problem.
Mind map possible ideas: Put a key word or phrase in the middle of the page. Write whatever else comes to mind on the same page. See if you can make any connections.
Pick up a picture. Consider how I can relate it to my situation
Get someone else’s perspective: Ask different people what they would do if faced with this challenge. You could approach friends engaged in different kind of work, a spouse, a nine-year old child, customers, suppliers, senior citizens, someone from a different culture; in essence anyone who might see things differently.