Wellbeing Tip: Creativity

For days when we feel enslaved by work.

When we think of creativity, we often think of elaborate painting, choreography, artwork, poetry. But fundamentally, creativity is about crafting something, anything – even if it produces nothing meaningful.

Creativity is especially useful on those days when you wake up feeling enslaved by work, projects, todo lists. Allocating even 20 minutes of time to create something does wonders. You find that zest of life returning, and you bring that freshness into work and projects.

Why Creativity:

Creativity switches off that part of us that feels it needs to do-and-achieve. Extensive amount of doing-and-achieving presses on our survival patterns and we operate on autopilot.

Creativity breaks this pattern and we get in touch with some sense of aliveness. This opens us up for clear thinking, better problem-solving and resets our perspective. If we pay close attention, we even begin noticing personality traits revealing themselves through our creative endeavours. It’s an excellent form of self-discovery, and a way to elevate ourselves beyond daily survival living.

All humans are creative

While it’s true many of us consider ourselves non-creative, the genuine truth is all humans are creative. We have been a creative species from even before the time we were a civilisation. Creativity was initially born out of necessity – our ancestors created symbols, noises, and shapes to communicate, which we now use as alphabets and language. They created hunting tools which we now refine further into culinary sets. Creativity is in our blood and all around us: even in the technology that allows me to write this and you to read this! We create everyday, all the time: when we cook, speak, post, take photographs, plan our day. We are already creative, we just haven’t quite pushed our boundaries further.

Creativity for Wellbeing

Creativity is always useful but from the perspective of wellbeing, here’s especially when:

  • When you feel enslaved by work
  • Consumed by to-do lists
  • Lost in fulfilling expectations
  • Lethargic/heavy/can’t be bothered
  • When you find yourself slouching, hunching, sighing a lot.
  • Troubled sleep due to extensive work
  • Overwhelmed and loss of perspective
  • Need a mental reset

The above are stress signals from the mind and body that they have worked past their capacity and need some way of returning to a regulated state.

Common Blocks

What stops us from exploring our creativity

  • Not knowing where to start
  • Fear of having no presentable end product
  • Setting high expectations
  • Making a mess
  • Getting it wrong
  • Use of time

Simple ways to get creative

Getting creative doesn’t require producing anything excellent or meaningful. It simply requires allocating some time, e.g. 20 mins, looking at what you have around you, thinking how you can create something random/silly out of it, and doing it. Here are some very simple ways you can get creative at home:

  1. Paint
  2. Sketch/Doodle
  3. Declutter (create space)
  4. Rearrange your living space (atmospheric creativity)
  5. Try a new recipe (culinary creativity)
  6. Dress up differently (craft a different image of yourself)
  7. Journal or write something (expressive creativity)
  8. Garden (eco-creativity)
  9. Take a new walking route (create a new experience)
  10. Change your day’s routine (experential creativity)

We can create at any time of the day, using anything we have.
I hope this inspires you to try something new today.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.” — Maya Angelou

“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” — Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” — Albert Einstein

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook

“Creativity involves breaking out of expected patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” — Edward de Bono

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes, art is knowing which ones to keep” – Scott Adams

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