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 creative activity – they must not be creative, which is not true. Another misconception is that some people are born creative and others aren’t.
The truth is that everyone can be creative; it is just a matter of discovering a creative outlet that suits you. A person has an average of 60,000 thoughts per day; how crazy is that figure?! Being involved in a creative activity can help your mind focused, not only that, but it has been suggested in various reports that creative activities can be just as calming as meditation for the body.
When you ask yourself, why do you like blogging or other creative activities, or when you ask others the usual response is ‘because it makes me happy, or it makes me feel good.’ Therefore, it is no surprise that being creative can help your mental health and change your mood and perspective.
There are a lot of benefits that being involved in art and creative activities can give you and positively impact your mental health.
These are 7 benefits that being creative can have on your mental health:
1. Boosts Your Self-Esteem
Engaging in and completing an art project, or a creative activity can give you a sense of achievement. I get that feeling when I complete a notebook – ha, ha! You can see all your hard work pay off, which makes you feel accomplished and good about yourself.
2. Improves Your Mood
When you are being creative, it stimulate the release of dopamine, which the raises your mood and will make you feel good. When you have accomplished a creative activity, you will have improved your self-esteem, which in turn improves your mood.
3. Alleviates Stress And Anxiety
Creative acts like crafting can help focus your mind on what you are doing – living mindfully. Like meditation, creative activities have calming effects on the brain and body.
Psychologists describe ‘flow’ as becoming deeply engrossed in an activity. So, being creative helps you tap into a ‘state of flow’ that can improve your performance and lower your stress levels.
4. Helps Motivate You
Are you feeling frustrated, or stuck with something? Being engaged with a creative activity can help to lift your mood and shift your focus. You can enjoy yourself and then go back to the task with a fresh mindset and it will be easier than before. You will be more motivated after the creative activity.
5. Boosts Your Confidence
When you are being creative, you see the bigger picture and you stay motivated and solve problems. This is confidence boosting! When you think creatively and overcome all kinds of challenges, you are showing yourself that you are capable of achieving. When you have completed the activity, you feel accomplished, which improves your confidence.
6. Helps To Clarify Your Thoughts And Feelings
Art and creative therapy is used by medical professionals to help process trauma and reduce stress and anxiety. Journaling is a powerful activity that helps you to improve your mental health. You are able to clarify how you are feeling as well as how to process your thoughts and feelings. As studies have shown, writing helps you to manage our negative emotions in a productive way.
I have journaled on and off since I was young and I love it! It is also great to be able to look back and read all about the memories as well as see all that I have achieve over the years.
7. You Are Able To Express Yourself
Being able to express yourself is your right and the freedom to express yourself is important to a person’s wellbeing. Creativity is the key to expression, no matter the form of creativity you choose to involve yourself in.
There are various creative activities that you could engage in to improve your mental health. Here are some fun activities to try:
- Writing in a journal or blog post
- Cook or bake
- Learn an instrument
- Read a book
- Bullet journaling
- Practise calligraphy with Crayola Supertips
- Taking photographs
- Write a book
- Listen to music – sing and dance!
- Play with Lego and build things
- Play board games
- Restore furniture
Being creative in some form should feature in your life to provide positive mental wellbeing and to develop yourself. Adding simple creativity tasks into your self-care routine or your daily life will help bring positivity and improve your mental health.