Need an effective way to reduce stress in your life? It might be time to give your right brain some love and awaken your inner-artist. Everyone has creativity within themselves.
You might be thinking…me? Yes, everyone has the ability to be creative, and engaging your creativity can have a calming effect on the body and mind. And don’t worry – if you feel like your lacking “artistic” or creative skills, its ok…it is about the process not the product.
Something You Used to Enjoy Doing as a Kid
If you aren’t quite sure how to start, an easy way to find a creative outlet is reviewing what you enjoyed doing as a kid. Think of it first as a broad generalization, like drawing, painting, clay, playing music, dancing, really anything that used that creative part of your brain.
From there, you can then figure out the specifics. Maybe you liked learning new forms of art rather than sticking to one thing, you enjoyed writing poetry or short stories, or loved using color markers.
Anything you enjoyed as a kid could be a sign of what you might enjoy as an adult, even if it’s slightly different (like playdough) and take it to the next level. For example, if you liked playdough, move onto air-dry clay or even pottery. As you get into your creative zone, your stress will begin to dissipate.
Meditate Through Music or Dance
People often think of being creative as having to be artistic and create something like art or crafts, but music and dance can also be part of the creative arts. Music and dance both get you into a type of meditative state. Not one where you are sitting in a quiet room with your eyes closed, but where all your thoughts float away into the melody. From listening to music during your daily self-care routine to dancing it out in your living room, it is definitely worth exploring if you have anxiety.
Try creating a playlist of your favorite up-beat songs and play it when you’re feeling down or stressed. Go take a 15 minute walk while listening to that playlist, that walk can be an instant mood changer!
Try Something New
This is also a great time to learn something new, whether it is a form of art you have always been curious about, or taking an class at your local community college or rec center.
Make a list of the different creative activities you have been curious about. Maybe you have a fancy camera but you don’t know about all the settings, or you have always wanted to try making pottery or ceramics. There are classes online and in person for just about anything, so let your imagination run wild.
Being Creative Doesn’t Require High Art Skills
Don’t shy away from finding a creative outlet just because you feel that you aren’t “artistic”. First of all, art is subjective, so what you personally love might not be what someone else loves and vice versa.
Most people who create things that other deem appealing practiced a lot at it. But when it comes to reducing stress, you don’t need to produce a great work of art. You are simply finding a hobby or activity that uses a different part of your brain, helps redirect your thoughts, and gives you something to do just for YOU.