There are many simple ways that creativity can reduce stress.
Creativity can reduce stress. It is as simple as that. If your like the majority of people in the world, stress controls your life on an everyday basis. Maybe you work a stressful job or something personal is weighing on you. If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to shut off the brain.
In fact, we have created a society that makes it impossible not to have significant daily stresses that impact us.
Some people look to drugs or alcohol as an escape-this blog post is not about that. It’s simply to provide creative solutions to managing your stress effectively.
Firstly, to understand why creativity is a such a great tool for dealing with stress, we must understand what the flow state is and what it does.
The flow state is that place where you’re perfectly focused and engaged on something. Perhaps it’s doing something artistic or simply just folding the laundry. For some people, time moves fast and for others- it moves slow. This place is similar to the meditative state and has similar benefits as those found in meditation.
The flow state is regarded as being essential to humans and our intelligence.
Everyone is capable of finding a creative activity and finding the flow. Do something you enjoy doing and you will forget-even if it’s for a short time, those things that are currently haunting you.
Here are a just a few random suggestions for creative activities that can relieve stress.
Take A Photos With Your Smartphone
Find something normal like pineapple or an interesting tree in your backyard. Try to capture aspects of the subject matter in a different way we would normally see it.
Or weeding. It’s a great way to connect with nature and grow your own food at the same time. Not only is it a great way to find the “flow” – it can be great exercise at the same time.
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Cutting The Grass
I find this a great way of being creative. Don’t follow the same path week after week. Throw on some interesting jazz music and you will find that peace.
Read A Book
Visualizing what your reading is as creative as it gets. The journey a creative imagination can takes you on is endless…
Organize A Collection
Revisit that old collection of comics or sports cards. It’s like reconnecting with an old friend and a ton of fun trying to convince your spouse that it needs to be on display.
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It’s self explanatory but tons of fun and usually becomes a fresh way of looking at things. An analogy of sorts for your life. Maybe?
These are just some random examples that you may have never thought of as creative. Remember creativity is simply taking a thought or idea and doing something with it. Let your brain think about something else for while. Let creativity help reduce the stress. Try it and you will see that creativity can reduce stress.