Getting creative is not only fun, but also boasts an abundance of benefits, too.
1. Stress relief
Whether you have had a hectic day at work, got caught in traffic or have found yourself burnt out from doing too much. In modern life, it doesn’t take much for our cortisol levels to rise. Yet researchers have found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body according to an Art Therapy journal. And it doesn’t matter what your creative outlet of choice is – the point is to sit and let your imagination run wild to find release from whatever has caused you anxiety throughout the day.
2. Better problem-solving
While painting a picture doesn’t hold all the answers to your issues in life, being creative certainly teaches new and resourceful ways of tackling setbacks. In fact, using your imagination is very much about thinking outside the box and coming up with new ways to approach the norm. So while ups and downs are an inevitable part of life, creativity teaches you to solve those lows in different ways.
3. Improved expression
Ever had so much going on in your head that it’s been tricky to articulate your thoughts into words? This is where getting creative can help. Whether you approach art through a drawing, or a sculpture – creating is still a way of communicating your feelings. You’re bound to feel like a weight has been lifted afterwards – after all, no one wants to carry pent-up emotions around with them.
4. You’ll feel accomplished
After spending days, weeks or even months putting a creative project together, by the end of it, the sense of pride upon completion will be unrivalled. While you don’t need to be the next Van Gogh, allow yourself some self-praise for what you have put together and appreciating the effort and time you put into it.
5. It could save you money
Knowing how to sew, cook or create gifts means your skills outweigh the need to spend money. Plus, swapping consumption for creation, saves the pennies while, giving you a deep sense of fulfilment knowing what you can do for yourself.
6. A greater sense of freedom
The best thing about creating is that there are no rules. Colour outside the lines, use textured materials and clash shades – it’s all about stripping away your inhibitions and getting lost in the moment.
7. Increased confidence
As the phrase goes – practice makes perfect. And while creativity isn’t about making the ‘perfect’ piece of art, the more you explore different hobbies, the better at them you will become. The confidence you experience in your abilities will influence your self-esteem as a whole, too.