Can creativity help you feel better?!
The short answer is YES! But that wouldn’t make for a fun blog post. :-p
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines holistic health as:
viewing man in his totality within a wide ecological spectrum, and … emphasizing the view that ill health or disease is brought about by an imbalance, or disequilibrium, of man in his total ecological system and not only by the causative agent and pathogenic evolution.1(p13) (The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature-https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2804629/)
Healthy is subjective depending on which western doctor, holistic doctor or any person you ask. We can break health down into organ systems but even when they all seem to be functioning normal we can still not feel well or have some issue going on. This is because our health isn’t just separated parts, its parts of a whole and the whole picture include physical, mental/emotional and spiritual well being. Have you ever gone for a walk or run or a hike or did yoga and after not only did you feel like your body got a workout but your mood was great, your mind felt clearer and your stress levels seem to have gone down. This is a simple example of the mind/body connection. This is also enhancing your spiritual wellbeing and it’s also stuff that I like to call, Sneaky Woo Woo. Yes there’s technical mumbo jumbo to describe what’s happening but it’s also magical and amazing that we can use our minds to heal our body and our bodies to heal our minds. We are not parts, we are one whole.
So back to my topic, can creativity help you feel better? Yes. Creativity, whether it’s making art, doing crafts, dancing, gardening, anything that gets your creative energy flowing is a great tool for leading to a healthier you. These creative activities can relieve stress, increase your mood, ease negative emotions and help you learn about yourself on a deeper level among other positive things.
It doesn’t matter what type of creative venture you choose, if you like poetry then read or write poetry, if you like dance then dance and watch dance, if you love music learn to play and go to concerts, if you like art then draw or paint and visit galleries with glorious art hanging everywhere. Because not only doing the activities but being engaging in the activities by viewing them can help improve your health and healing as well.
Creativity can be a very valuable tool in your health, healing and well being. Find something, anything to engage your imagination, your playful youth, your eyes of colors, yours ears of sounds or your body of movements. Make it a daily habit to do something engaging and fun and creative and reap the benefits of a more contented life.
What do you do for creative fun? Let me know!