Happy Stationery Week! I hope you are all enjoying the stationery filled posts on social media.
People assume that because they don’t have a creative outlet or are not naturally drawn to a certain type of art form, they must not be creative. Another misconception is that some people are born creative and others aren’t. The truth is everyone is creative, its just a matter of discovering a creative outlet that suits you.
When you ask others or even yourself why do you like blogging or why do you like another creative hobby that you pursue, the response is usually “I do it because it makes me happy, or it makes me feel good“. Therefore it is no surprise that being creative can help with mental health and change people’s mood and perspectives.
A person has an average of 60,000 thoughts per day. I can definitely relate to that figure, especially if I am feeling anxious. Being involved in a creative activity can help keep your mind busy and focused. Being involved in art forms not only focuses the mind but it has been suggested in recent reports that it is just as calming as meditation for the body.
Completing an art project or a creative activity can give a sense of achievement (I feel like this when I complete a notebook haha), which leads to a boost in self-esteem. Creating art stimulates the release of Dopamine which raises mood and makes us feel good.
Anxiety can cause stress, which I know all too well. However, by being creative through my blog and colouring it helps me to focus my mind elsewhere and relax my mind.
Journalling is a great way to write down all your thoughts and feelings. Studies have shown writing helps people manage their negative emotions in a productive way. I have been journalling on and off for years and I definitely find it therapeutic. I also like to be able to look back on positive memories as well as see all I have achieved over the years.
When you started creating art in your chosen form it can help with self-discovery and you learn about feelings that have been in your subconscious. Sometimes people find it hard to express their feelings in words, which is why art is so powerful.
I believe that being involved in creative activities has a huge positive impact on one’s mental health. Do you agree? What do you like to do to be creative? I’d love to hear in the comments.