Creativity has many benefits for good health. A joyful natural habit which is coming from our passions, hobbies, and ideas. It is using the imagination to transform an idea into work, but we are so busy creating that forget to answer or see the motivation behind each creation.
Benefits of Creativity
Problem Solver – Getting in touch with creativity requires constant learning, development, evolution and forces us to become better at our own game. Problem-solving usually requires two types of cognitive skills: analytical and creative. Analytical thinking comes from order and comparison while creative thinking comes from using ideas to find a solution. Creativity helps to produce and develop ideas more often. Left-Hander, for example, are famous for being predominantly controlled by right-brain thinking. The area concerned with feelings, creativity, and intuition.
I am a left-hander, and I am not too sure if indeed we are good at problem-solving…lol. However, creativity does help stay connected with learning and curious about new things in life. It is where I get my daily dose of happiness.
Creativity helps to produce and develop ideas more often.
Awareness & Expression – Creativity requires an inner connection into our thoughts and beliefs. The more we create, the often we discover our desires habits and impulses. The process of creating, whether that be dancing, painting, singing or writing, is good for us.
There are mental and physical benefits from creatively expressing ideas and sharing those ideas with the world. In a world of overexposure to communications and social media, when we are always being forced to consume information, using your talent to create or share will benefit your life.
Relieves Stress – Creative activities like writing, photography, painting and other activities are rewarding hobbies that lower stress levels and make you feel mentally clear. Using your imagination and ideas to create gives the brain a break from daily thoughts. Creativity teaches you attention to detail.
Increase Empathy – A one-hour visit to the art museum -for example- could help processing thoughts and feelings. The simple act of viewing art gives pleasure. It triggers dopamine into the same area that recognizes romantic love.
Creative activities like writing, photography, painting and other activities are rewarding hobbies that lower stress levels and make you feel mentally clear.
Writing is not comfortable. It could leave you emotionally tired pretty easy. Nevertheless, it is medicine. It has healing power. It is explosive magic. I have a vast amount of articles that I wrote in the past. Sadly, -or gladly- I cannot share. They were raw, dark and chaotic. I wrote them on dark moments of my life, and I do not permit them to come out again. Nonetheless, I must admit that those are my best writings by far. There is nothing more hungry for words than a heart bleeding through paper. I am not a writer. I am just a woman who loves writing. Writing is my Yoga which shelters me with calmness and my kickboxing which feed me with adrenaline. I want to grow with this hunger and become better at writing.
Writing is not comfortable. It could leave you emotionally tired pretty easy. Nevertheless, it is medicine. It has healing power. It is explosive magic.
I spent almost a whole decade away from writing. I could not handle having a vulnerable bridge into my soul. Many of my mistakes and regrets were stationed there. The funny part was that at that time it was when I claimed myself taught the most. When, in reality -going back now- even as a child I was extremely sensible, too susceptible to other’s people’s feelings, empathy, vulnerable and strongly connected to other’s people’s emotional feelings and energy.
That time I became sick a couple of years ago, something happened. It was at that point that I noticed that I lost all the things that kept me chained for so long. I lost to shame, habits, memories, old goals and most importantly outside opinions.
I remember after physical therapy, trying to attempt on getting myself together and deciding on working on something that I love. Therefore, in one of those moments, I grabbed a book as a favorite way of distraction. It was too soon of course, but no one has a problem while reading. After a couple of minutes trying to understand, I panicked. For the first time, I did not comprehend what I was reading, and the realization was terrifying. I understood, right there that the journey towards healing and recovery was going to be a long one. However, how long? I did not know the answer -it took more than a year- and that was the scariest part.
I was told that struggles make us stronger. It opens a connection to our inner strength. It puts us to the test and reveals what we are made of. Do I let myself sink with each struggle? Or do I learn how to flow?
That is when I decided to give it a try with writing instead. I came back to writing only with my left hand available to write and again a hungry heart. I was about to give up, but instead, I pushed myself to reply emails and texts to my loved ones. These responses moved an avalanche of emotions. Each response became a secret answer, and they awaken an old craving for writing that I knew too well. In the beginning, it was blank space and tired fingers. I sat at my computer, started resurrecting my heart and after ten years I surrender to writing.
I was told that struggles make us stronger. It opens a connection to our inner strength. It puts us to the test and reveals what we are made of. Do I let myself sink with each struggle? Alternatively, do I learn how to flow with the current, become resilient and learn from the experience?
During that year of healing, I learned what it is to be broken. Physically and spiritually broken. I felt my whole self-worn down and even eroded. There was visible physical proof like my lack of health, but there were cracks on my soul more intense and painful than what was broken on the outside. Thinking about it, I could compare those days similar to a broken deteriorating house with rust, dust, destroyed windows and a falling rooftop.However, with a strong brick foundation, a great layout and huge windows worth saving.
All of these experiences reminded me of one of my favorite small books, A Short Guide To A Happy Life, in which Anne Quindlen emphasized throughout this book, how in the face of struggles in her life, she concentrated instead in the richness of living. In her words, knowledge of our mortality is the greatest gift God ever gives us. So she is right. Such a beautiful and small inspirational book.
Struggles also make us kinder and compassionate to ourselves and others. A path or open the door to the beautiful treasures hidden inside all of us. A tunnel towards self-love, persistence and real salvation. It makes us face the ugliness of our internal fears and flaws. It forces us to choose between hiding in the sufferable and misery darkness or instead on jumping and running tirelessly from the effort of reaching brighter and clearer spaces. I decided to move from that corner, and It seems that I cannot stop. I love the light in this new home.
I could compare those days similar to a broken deteriorating house with rust, dust, destroyed windows and a falling rooftop.However, with a strong brick foundation, a great layout and huge windows worth saving.
So yes, I might have been broken but also more inclined to feel free and unafraid of showing my vulnerabilities. In my way, I am shaking off the dust and rust on that old house and fixing the broken windows to allow new light and shine. Each day, with writing I discover my four proven ways on how creativity is good for my health.