Creativity is something often overlooked in a balanced life. Diet, exercise all come foremost in our minds, but the art of being creative touches us emotionally in ways perhaps some of you haven’t thought about.
Mentally and physically, creativity lends itself to a balanced life, and in family, caregiving finding ways to have that will make a significant difference for you. A different sense of purpose can be revealed, creating an opening to a different level of self-care, in ways perhaps you haven’t thought about.
Whether it’s writing a short story or growing a garden being creative can be helpful in many ways. Here are a few benefits:
Increased brain function by applying problem-solving and critical thinking skills
Elevates your mood through a sense of play
Creates a sense of calm through mindfulness
Enhances the immune system by reducing stress hormones through a focus on the task at hand
Enriches happiness by accomplishing something you enjoy
Everyone is creative; it’s just a matter of taking chances and trying new things to discover the artistic medium that fits you. It can be a project that you work on now and agin, or something quick and easy.
This past weekend I went to the local farmers market and bought two bunches of flowers for $6. I combined the bunches, separated them into two colorful vases and the results? Puts a smile on my face every time I walk into my living room and bedroom — simple, inexpensive creativity.
We often encourage you to write in a journal, and it’s a perfect place to keep track of things you see that spark your interest. You may see something on TV, read an article, overhear someone talking about at the grocery store. Jot ideas down until something ignites you to create, or visit a local craft store for ideas and inspiration.
Put a smile on your heart; try something new. You’ll be happy you did!