Making time for creativity is one of the key benefits of having a life less busy. Humans are creative by nature and for many of us, when we are living life without the opportunity to express ourselves in creative ways, we begin to feel as if we are not really living at all. Research has shown that there are a wide range of benefits to being creative such as reduced stress levels, increased brain functioning, improved mood, prevention of Alzheimer’s and positive self-image. There are also health studies that show participation in, and exposure to, creative activities has significant benefits for healing, especially in regard to depression and anxiety.
The image above is the painting Veronica Veronese by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. It is believed to represent “the artistic soul in the act of creation.” Creativity doesn’t always have to be artistic though. Being creative is simply about doing things we enjoy and creating things based on our ideas and interests. Creativity is often best when it is not linked to expected outcomes, such as you may find in the workplace. Some examples of creative expression are things like drawing, cooking, writing, craft, playing a musical instrument, singing, interior decorating, gardening, calligraphy, bonsai, photography, painting, collage, origami, daydreaming, playing with Lego, drama, journalling….the list is endless.
Because I am such a visual person, I have created some virtual moodboards on Pinterest. For me this is a great way to get inspired by creating a sense of what it is I’m aiming for. I’ve set up boards such as ‘Slow Living’, ‘Home Sanctuary’ and ‘Creative Inspiration’ and collected images to get my creative juices flowing. Feel free to check them out or begin something similar yourself.
I also love photography and have found Instagram to be a great way to quickly curate images that I take on my phone, either at home or while out and about. Blogging is another way of bringing many creative pursuits together.
“What is creative living?
Any life that is driven more
strongly by curiosity
than by fear.”
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