We so often deem creativity to look one type of way, whether it be the person that can paint an intricate still-life or write a heart-felt poem. But, have you ever thought that you too are creative. “The human being is a creative species,” says artist John Paul Caponigro. Whether it be creating a safe space, repairing a car part, making a nice meal, or learning a new musical song—you are creative. And these creative outlets are incredibly beneficial to our overall wellbeing.
The theory of cognition, states that creative activity reduces depression and isolation—that being creative is actually a part of being human. These creative acts help us focus our minds, and can even resemble some forms of meditation due to some of the calming effects on the body and brain. Other affects creating have on the brain include:
- Increasing happiness: when we engage in a repetitive creative motion ending with a result, the brain releases the “feel good” hormone or natural anti-depressant, dopamine.
- Reduces dementia: many studies have shown that engaging in creativity can help people with dementia sharpen their senses and feel more like themselves.
- Improves mental health: Tapping into our creative juices reduces depression, stress, and anxiety. Because trauma is often held in the body, creating can help us process these experiences.
- Makes you smarter: music and other creative endeavors help connect the right and left sides of our brain. When these hemispheres communicate, your cognitive functioning often improves.
- Increases Self-awareness and expression: as we create, we gain a better understanding of our own thoughts, beliefs, and feelings.
So friends, set aside some time to create. There is no right or wrong way, it’s time to celebrate your own uniqueness. So, grow a garden, make some jewelry, take a different route to work, spend time outside, organize your pantry, or write freely—whatever you want. You are a creative.
**The information contained herein is not therapeutic advice nor a substitute for therapy. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any mental health problem. If you are located within the United States and you need emergency assistance please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. If you are located within Colorado you may also call the Colorado Crisis Line at 844-493-TALK (8255).