Being creative is essential to our every day self-care and well-being.
When I was painting this picture, the joy of doing it was in the creativity.
I had no idea of what it would turn out like. I had a sketchy vision in my mind – the creativity was in choosing the colours, the shapes, the material I glued on, and relating them to each other using my intuition – my feeling and knowing what to choose and use!
I had no agenda, no desire to succeed, just to be in the moment and do what came to me. I took a risk with every move I made and trusted that it would work out well.
When we think ‘creative’ we often think ‘Art’.
The words Creativity and art are not necessarily interchangeable! While some of us express our creativity through art, others express it in other ways!
Think of the many ways we express ourselves and become more aware of how you most easily express your creativity.
Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences can help us here
- Logic (e.g. problem solving, chess)
- Inter-personal relationships (with others)
- Intra-personal relationships (with ourselves)
- Kinesthetic ( using the physical body eg. dancing, playing sport)
We often combine two or more of these at a time.
It is always interesting to choose one of the above that isn’t in our usual comfort zone and experiment with it. For example, I am not a dancer by any long shot!! However, I love to be given permission to move creatively and have attended workshops that do this. So it is fun when I do the giving of permission and jump and jiggle around the lounge room!
Why is this self care? Doing anything in a relaxed way gives our brains a rest. It becomes a different kind of meditation; a moving meditation. It activates parts of the brain that otherwise don’t get exercised and allows the brain to relax and new ideas arise: more creativity.
Don’t put this off! It is too important. Give yourself permission to be creative today.