I recently read an article in Kinfolk's latest issue RELATIONSHIPS, titled "Inside Voices". It talks on the subject of our inner dialogue; the ways in which it can be helpful to our evolution, increase our emotional intelligence, and even enhance our creativity and productivity. That being said, we all need some quiet.
I think after using our creative outlets in a commercial career for so many hours of the week, it's hard for us creative types to use any extra energy we have to work on any no-purpose, fun stuff! Let's be honest though, you know that feeling after you've worked on something solely for yourself. You may be exhausted but it's also extremely energizing. Not only is it a creative release, but it gives you that time to focus your brain on what's right in front of you. To quiet all the other chatter of life.
"...As for the rest of us, the chatter isn't constant; there are certain times when no inner voice is present. "When I'm playing music-particularly when i'm improvising-the inner dialogue just stops"...Inner dialogue is probably the main tool of my creativity and productivity, but everybody needs to put the tools down from time to time." Asher Ross
I've noticed this in myself without a doubt. If I'm ever preoccupied with anything, I can sit and paint. When I'm done I feel lighter and more energetic. What I think works well with this is that I have a very specific task when painting. It's very concentrated and almost meditative. Trying new activities could help to keep the brain extra focussed as well!
SO! Don't forget to get out there and do things for yourself; not for money, not for social media, not for obligation, but for peace and quiet!
Let us know what you do for you :)