“Creativity is not a talent. It’s a way of operating.” – John Cleese
Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed by the demands of work and life? Incorporating a creative habit into your routine can be the key to finding balance and happiness. Here are three ways that a creative habit can positively impact your life:
- Mindful relief from stress: Engaging in a creative activity, such as drawing or writing a short story, provides a mindful escape from stress and allows you to focus on the present moment. This can be a refreshing break from overthinking and help you to recharge. When you are creating, the physical and mental act of creating something forces you to step away from the business of work.
- Personal empowerment: By creating something from scratch through your creative habit, you are able to bring something into existence that did not previously exist. This can give you a sense of control and empower you to shape your life and environment. This is true even if you never share your work. You will know that you honored your creative spirit by taking a break from your busy life to just create.
- Increased happiness: Engaging in a creative activity releases endorphins, the feel-good chemicals in our brain, which can improve our mood and decrease stress. According to a study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, listening to music was found to increase endorphin levels and improve overall well-being. Similarly, drawing and other forms of creative expression can also release endorphins and contribute to increased happiness.
Elizabeth Gilbert coached that, “You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.” And Steve Pressfield advises: “Your creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the creator. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.” These quotes emphasize the importance of embracing and participating in our creative endeavors. By doing so, we can manifest blessings in our lives, view creativity as a way of operating, and contribute our unique gifts to the world.
In conclusion, incorporating a creative habit into your routine can help you to find balance and fulfillment in your life. By providing mindful relief from stress, empowering you to take control, and increasing happiness through the release of endorphins, a creative habit can help you lead a happier and more fulfilling life. So why not try incorporating a creative habit into your routine today and see how it can change your life for the better?