“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.”~Brene Brown
My adult children have learned that independence has come at a cost greater than the bills they must take care of. From their perspective “adulting” has robbed them of the space to be creative. The music and art that they once created and loved almost a distant memory.
Intellectual self-care is the practice of nurturing your entire brain. Problem-solving and creative practices are essential for brain health. The more we expand our skills, explore new hobbies, and expand our knowledge the better. While I admit and can agree with my children that adulting isn’t always cool, being an adult should not be synonymous with getting rid of our creativity.
Let’s fall in love with our creativity. Whether this is your first time tapping into your creativity or not we are all creatives. The first order of business is exposing what hinders creativity. COMPARISON. We carry around these preconceived notions of what creativity is or isn’t. If we’re not Picasso or Romare Bearden we refuse to pick up a paintbrush or sketch pad. Our society simply fixated on finished perfect products. Creativity is about freedom, non-judgment, and expressing in a way that makes sense to the creator.
I absolutely love art and simply going through a collection of paintings puts a smile on my face. Art sparks my creative writing. I appreciate a piece of art by journaling how it makes me feel, expressing my interpretation, and how I can weave this creative piece into my life. A poem, short story, or character can emerge just from spending time with an art book.
Making the case for creativity
According to, Frontiers for YoungMinds being creative has a number of benefits. All of which carry short-term and long-term benefits.
Helps relieve stress:
By becoming involved in creative practice, you can enter a mental state called “flow” or “the zone” which can help reduce stress levels and leave you feeling calm. You may have experienced a flow state if you have ever lost track of time while doing something you enjoy.
By pursuing something that you enjoy, being creative can help give you energy by focusing your attention on something that you like rather than dwelling on the worries or bothers of the day.
Helps your emotions:
A number of recent therapies, including music therapy, dance therapy, and art therapy, are being used to help patients with different emotional disorders, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. By being creative, you can work through your own emotions and feelings.
Increases your empathy and tolerance:
Viewing art has been shown to increase people’s feelings of empathy and tolerance toward other people who are different from themselves. By being creative and pursuing creative activities, you can learn more about other people and cultures.
Increases brain plasticity:
Your brain makes connections and changes throughout your lifetime. Creating art can stimulate communication between different parts of the brain and having a well-connected brain is thought to be more important for things such as intelligence than the sheer size of various brain structures.
Cultivate and grow creativity
Author Tina Su is a happy mom and Chief Happiness Officer (CHO). She shares a great truth,” There is no such thing as being more creative because we already are creative beings.” In her piece for, Think Simple Now she shares ways to cultivate creativity. Here are just a few to get you started. Tickling Your Imagination – Imagination is highly visual. I’ve found it helpful to practice seeing vivid images with my eyes closed.
- Try it. Close your eyes, and imagine that you are in a scene, any scene.
Okay – pick your ideal scene, practice seeing the details of your environment in this scene. See the colors, the textures, touch something. What does it feel like? What do you hear? What do you smell? What is the temperature like? Etc.
- Being Inspired – Practice seeing beautiful things that move you emotionally. Flip through a book containing thought-provoking images, go to an art gallery, read something inspirational, talk to someone who calms you.
- Drawing – This may sound funny, but one of the effective ways to practice getting in touch with your creative side is to start drawing. Drawing forces you to see things differently.
Creativity for so long has been viewed as a waste of time or simply reserved for children. As adults yes we must put away childish things but creativity shouldn’t be one of them. Be inspired to create, to be free, to explore, and to fall in love with your creativity.
Dare 2 Be Well!