Creativity is a skill that can be nurtured and developed. Simply seeing something from another perspective is often all that is needed to generate a fresh idea.
Pressure can stimulate creativity. So can solitude.
I find that I need the right balance of pressure and time alone to be effective.
Knowing when to back off or step away is one of the most difficult aspects of living a creative life. Sometimes ideas and people just need space in order to grow. Giving something time and space to develop is a crucial and often overlooked step in the creative process.