How to be Creative?
It is not surprising that crafting has a health and wellness benefit due to, I would call, the “rhythms of making” which is soothing and conducive to a state of “flow”. This engagement of busy hands and a focussed mind allows worries and stresses to dissipate.
There are all sorts of other benefits people report along with the latest scientific research. It also helps with self-esteem, clearing head space and is a great detox from our digital world. Connectedness to tradition and intergeneration’s were also reported benefits in the latest American Academy of Neurology report on crafting.
I think it is really important to create “creative” habits and here are some the Etelage girls use regularly.
The most obvious one is we all love to make jewellery at home which is our happy place. Whether it be string, linking and wire wrapping beads, kneading and shaping polymer clay or hammering some metal sheet. Personally I have always loved using my hands to create but it is the small personal and unique sculptures which earrings are to me I love making the best using vintage beads, crystals and brass filigrees.
Here are some other creative habits…
Keep a beautiful notebook and use it daily not just for lists, but for journaling, doodling, inspiration which can strike at any time, things I have learnt, things I want to learn, rants and more. What I love is it keeps me in the moment and I don’t have to be just keeping to one form of writing. Plus it is also time away from screens which is a big bonus.
I have discovered pottering inside with my pot plants which has so many benefits not just to have plants detox my inner-city pad but in caring and styling my plants it forces me to slow down, is a creative fix and is a great detsressor for me.
A weekly dance class at the new Sydney Dance Co studios in Ultimo which makes me step out of my comfort zone whilst also benefiting from feel good exercise for my body as well as my mind.
So if the latest research* is encouraging us to be more creative. How will it look for you in 2019?
When you are wound up from work and just want a night in front of the TV why don’t you spend time on a hobby instead?
You could find yourself feeling calmer, happier, and more relaxed.
What is your creative habit? What does it help you to be?
*The association between leaisure activities and health and wellbeing found those who did were 34% less stressed and 18% less sad while engaged in an activity.