I read, write, almost constantly. I watch the work of others. I keep looking at examples of work that I want to do in the future. I keep looking for things that are not found everywhere. Example, I listen to music that as much as possible I don't hear everyday, on radio or elsewhere. I read books that are not bestsellers, etc. I'm always looking for the alternative point of view. When something is popular, it's probably suspect. Or people like it for the wrong reasons. I keep looking beneath the surface, under the rug, inside the cabinet, into drawers...
I read a lot- about history, current events, other artists' work. I give myself sufficient down-time, too, so that my subconscious has a chance to work. In my free time, I do two things completely unrelated to my creative process: look after my year-old dog, and sing in a choir.
I take care of my mind by reading a lot, exercising the 'mental picture' muscle and improving vocabulary for my own creative writing; going to weekly 'jams' at the local pub and test myself with musical improvisation, either vocal or instrumental (flute, guitar); staying aware of social and political trends, letting my artistic work in jewelry, fashion design and photography be influenced by them.
By looking at things. And then thinking about them.
I feed on the Word of God daily. This has totally changed my life.
Never underestimate the wonders of a healthy diet & adequate sleep to keep your brain on its toes, so to speak. I also need to feed my brain lots of inspiration to keep it going... reading & researching and constantly looking at lovely things certainly helps.
By listening to inspirational subjects or people--also, reading as well.
I usually live, drink, read, paint, write and listen to everything and everyone.
Vitamins, music, and water.
Honestly, I take a lot of short naps. Stressed? Take a short nap. Frustrated? Take a short nap. Everything seems clearer after some restful sleep. Just fifteen or twenty minutes.
However, since napping all of the time isn't exactly helpful if you're in a creative funk, I also turn to reading. I find reading something out of the ordinary (which is, for me, realistic fiction-- I'm a bit of a scifi/fantasy geek) will stir up some creativity.
I've also used classical music as a trick to take of my brain. Because I'm a musician, I'm familiar with a lot of the major themes in famous classical music. What I do is find an instrument that I don't know the music for (cello, for example) and try to listen to just that instrument in a piece of music. It keeps the mind from dwelling on more stressful things and helps hone concentration.
I see that people inspires me. for ideas for kids science rpogram, children are my inspiration. for ideas for poems, people are my inspiration, for cartoons, children are my inspiration.
losing intuition for creativity is something i m scared of. for kids program, i will go out and meet children, mingle with them, have fun and do science experiments. their smile and laugh make up my day and that boost another ideas.
for poems, i would surf Facebook, read my friends' status update, give them comments. from that, spontaneously ideas came out in the form on rhythmic language. for song and lyrics, it goes almost the same way.
I fill it with great books.
I research ideas.
I think about things and wonder how I could do it better or differently.
The same i would any muscle. Exercise. reading books, watching films, browsing photos, going out, going to museums or exhibitions, socializing, and everything really. in just two words: i live.
to take care of the most valuable tool you have, which is your mind, you keep thinking always... always looking for new things... curiosity becomes your most revered quality.
By taking a break.
by constantly going to my happy place - which is in fact right where i am!
to create makes me smile - and to be able to create and wear and sell every gorgeous garment i have ever dreamed of... makes me extremely content.
contentment and smiles and happy thoughts while wearing funky creations, go a long way in keeping one's brain in good working order