Getting creative for our mental health
And the importance of creativity goes beyond coming up with a big pitch idea… or finally getting round to penning that novel. Creative pursuits can be transformational for our personal wellbeing.
Lots of medical studies show that getting creative can have positive effects on our health. Drawing, painting and sculpture have been proven to help people express experiences they find hard to put into words, expressive writing can help us deal with emotions and making music can help different parts of our brains make new connections.
Creative flow increases happiness
Can your remember the last time you were completely absorbed in a task? That’s flow, it can reduce stress and anxiety and increase happiness. Add to that the dopamine rush of producing something at the end of it and you can an even bigger mood boost.
The meditative effect
We all have tens of thousands of thoughts every day – all competing for our attention. Creative acts focus the mind in a similar way to meditation. So when we draw, craft, garden or sing, it can deliver a calming effect on our body and mind.
Finding new creative outlets
If you’re looking to flex your creative muscle more, it can be easier to keep motivated by joining a group or trying a new course. Here are some ideas in the city to get you started:
Dot Art classes
National Trust environmental volunteers
University of Liverpool language school
UK school of floristry
Open water swimming at Liverpool Watersports Centre