When was the last time you did something creative just for fun? With super busy lives at home and work, it seems impossible to just take time to get lost amongst your thoughts and imagination. When was the last time you took time to create, to paint, write or even play around with artistic photography?
While it may seem like a waste of time, several studies have linked creativity to your mental and physical health. And I can’t agree with this enough!
As a blogger I often get asked about why I do what I do. I’ve been judged and questioned about my hobby and truth is – I did it for me. I started Chic on the Run as a creative outlet, to combine my love for writing and photography. From this stemmed my longing for knowledge and new skills. Everyday, I get so excited to come home and learn new things: web design, new photography tricks and making great new business partnerships.
My hobby makes me feel great – it feeds my thirst for creativity and makes me forget about the 9-5 pressures.
So now, I challenge you to find your creative outlet! You may not be a blogger, but I’m sure there is something that sparks your creative thirst.
Here are a few key benefits to taking time to explore something that interests you:
A break from life’s pressures
A creative outlet can help fill a void in your life as well as distract you from stressful things at work or home. You’re focused on the thing you’re creating, not fussing over the comment a colleague said to you yesterday.
A healthier you
Research shows that doing something you enjoy can lower blood pressure, the stress hormone cortisol and overall health. It can also reduce your negative thoughts, anxiety and even depression.
A good way to get your creative juices flowing is by taking a class. And guess what? You’re more likely to go if it make you feel good! If you still need a push to go, sign up and pay in advance. Learning a new skill is a great way to reset your focus and mental state.
Meet new people
Classes and workshops offer an excellent opportunity to get yourself up from behind a computer screen and meet new people with similar interests, boosting not only your creativity but your circle of friends. People who are more social are also generally happier!
A healthy outlet
Through art, many people are able to express feelings and experiences that they’re unable to put into words. This is especially important when dealing with a tragic event or a stressful time in your life.
Dancing, singing, reading, painting… what skill do you want to explore? Comment below!
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