I’m back with a new topic this week regarding creativity, and how it affects your health journey – because believe me, it does. For those of you who are the creative/artsy types, then congrats because you are already one step ahead of me! 🙂 So – how does creativity influence your health and well-being?
If you are more like me, more type-A and left brained, then I’m guessing you might lack some creativity in your life. You’re working a ton of hours, working on side projects or chores when you’re not at your job, and time for “self-care” is somewhat laughable. BUT – what if I told you you could be more focused, more productive, and make better decisions if you chose to nourish your creative side for even just 15 minutes a day?
In today’s fast-paced society, it’s easy to wind up feeling stuck in your routine. You become defined by a box of expectations and lose sight of who you really are and what your truth is. When we aren’t aligned with who we really are, way deep down inside there, things start to crumble: you’re eating more unhealthy foods, exercise becomes more of a luxury than a habit, you’re stressed to the max but can’t sleep.. In some cases, these thoughts, feelings, and decisions can lead to anxiety and depression, as it was for me.
This past winter, I was feeling sick and stuck. I had medical issues that I couldn’t gain control over, I wasn’t feeling satisfied with where I was in my life, and I was overworked and stressed out. It was all of these feelings that lead me to a new career path of health coaching, where I could essentially combine my experience with nursing with my love of helping people and preventative health in a way that worked best for me. What this new career really provided me with was a way to tap into my own creativity. Suddenly I was crafting coaching sessions, making pretty websites, starting up a blog to express myself… and it was amazing. Creativity in other forms started to creep back into my life as well; I started listening to music again, picked up journaling (ok ok, mostly doodling), and dusted off my adult coloring book for some stress relief.
Here are some quick things you can try today to nourish YOUR creativity:
- Blast some music and have a solo dance party or karaoke time
- Play an instrument
- Adult coloring books, or any form of doodling
- Draw, sketch, paint
- Journaling or planning
- Try a new recipe or plate your food in a pretty, appealing way
- Go out and take pictures
- Sew, knit, or crochet
- Freestyle your yoga
- Read a book
- Start a blog! 🙂
Why would I suggest taking 15 minutes and doing something like this – especially if it’s not something you normally do? Expressing yourself in any way releases stress. It gives you time to reflect inward, experience fun and joy, and make yourself a priority – even if it’s just for a short time. It hits your internal “reset” button and gives you the energy you need to get through the rest of your day, or the closure to help you relax into sleep. Break free from your routine. Nourishing yourself in this way may help prevent you from reaching to the snack cupboard because you’re bored or stressed out, which can help your weight and overall health.
After all, nourishment is so much more than just food!