I’ve been reading a lot of articles recently about the benefits of creativity. Of course, not everyone THINKS that they are creative, and lots of people aren’t even the least bit interested in pursuing creative endeavors. Painting, drawing, singing, dancing, writing, sewing, quilting, writing music, playing an instrument, sculpting statues, designing clothing or graphic art, writing poetry . . . and anything else you can think of . . . often seems to be the realm of only certain people. Surely accountants, bankers, investment and real estate brokers, insurance or car sales people frequently seem uninterested in spending time “making stuff.”
But not always. Sometimes the people who make a living doing “left brain” types of work, also discover that doing something creative once in a while is good for their soul. And it also has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and relieve anxiety. That’s why there has been a recent resurgence in the simple activity of coloring. Especially for adults. We all loved to color pictures when we were kids. Probably even the math whiz in the 6th grade secretly loved to color pictures. Even if the pictures he /she liked to color the best were filled with robots, cars, or stars and planets and space ships.
So as I’ve been learning about the spiritual, mental, and physical benefits of creativity, I decided to follow-up on my art journal posts (which I am working on and making great progress!) with a bit of additional inspiration to encourage everyone who visits Vintage Mama’s Cottage to take time to be creative. There are so many different ways to discover your own style of creativity, but in the end it really doesn’t matter WHAT you create, and it really doesn’t even matter if it turns out the way you want it to, or if your creation is super simple and easy to do like . . . coloring! Just do it, for the benefits and blessings of slowing down and relaxing long enough to breathe. Even if it is only for 10 or 15 minutes, it will help you de-stress. Really!
According to Verily, “creative activities are literally therapy for your mind. Whether it’s writing, baking, gardening, sewing, or playing music, a creative outlet can really improve your mental clarity. And if Martha Stewart isn’t your spirit animal, hobbies such as reading and listening to music count, too.
The beauty of creating is that it doesn’t have to be elaborate or groundbreaking. It can be just about whatever you want, as long as it’s unrelated to work inside or outside the home. Here are five ways that creativity can be the key to better mental and emotional health” (5 Proven Ways Creativity is Good for Your Health). Some of the many ways that creativity is good for your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health include:
- It relieves stress
- It increases and renews brain function
- It can help prevent Alzheimer’s
- It improves mood
- It cultivates your social life
And the spiritual implications of discovering your own creativity are significant as well. According to Alisha Gratehouse of Flourish in her book, “A Life that Flourishes,” there is scriptural inspiration for our creativity:
“You are the crowning design of the Ultimate Artist. In fact, the Bible calls you God’s masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10 NLT). And this word “masterpiece” is the Greek word poiema, which carries the idea of something that is artfully created.
Not only were you artfully created, but when you were formed you were also given specific desires, talents, abilities, gifts, and passions to help you fulfill God’s purpose for your life.
Furthermore, as a Christian, you have the Creator living on the inside of you! So, if you want to cultivate your soul and fulfill your God-given purpose, then it is important that you take time to explore those creative passions.”
You are so much more creative than you think you are!”
She offers ten additional benefits of creativity:
- Sense of balance
- Stress relief
- Improved health
- Continued growth
- Connection with other women
So it really doesn’t matter if you “feel” creative or not . . . God the Creator made you in His image. So you are, by your very nature, creative. Let’s take this journey together and see what we discover about our own creativity, no matter how you choose to express yourself. To get you started, here is a coloring page that you can print out and start being creative! I hope you can join us this week for the Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party. That’s definitely one way to discover a TON of creative inspiration and ideas. Hope to see you there!
Please join us for this week’s
Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party
Angelina- Petite Haus
Theresa Begin – Shoestring Elegance