How Creativity Can Help You Through Tough Times
So very recently, I have gone through a tough time. Sometimes, life just knocks you sideways. So, let me tell you, I know, creativity can help you though touch times.
In this case, I should have acted on my intuition earlier. I have actually pretty much always listened to my intuition, it is my biggest guidance in life, but in this case, I just didn’t act when I should have. It is a lesson I have now learned.
Amidst all this chaos I was going through, I cannot tell you, how grateful I am, to have had my creative work to focus on. Some days I could only manage to focus 10-30 minutes. Other days, I could work a couple of hours. But creating was a life-saver.
Shifting focus away from the chaos and drama that goes on in my head, and over to working on a project that fills me with joy. This is what creative work does for me. Even if just for 10 minutes. But those 10 minutes of feeding my soul slowly build me back together. This sounds a bit dramatic, but it is essentially what happened.
When we let other people’s opinions or outer circumstances control how we feel, we loose the connection to ourselves. And so, expressing what we hold inside is a way to get back to our true self. When you create, you work from within.
This is why I’m passionate about creativity
We consume so much every day and we get full up. Something has to come out at some stage. One of the reasons we feel disconnected, disatisfied and frustrated in life, I believe, has to do with too much consumption and too little creative output. Because we have to exhale when we inhale, what we exhale can come out in frustration instead of creativity.
I am passionate about creativity for many reasons, and using creativity to help us heal, and deal with personal chaos, is one of my favorite reasons.
Many studies show, that creativity is good for you. I read this one study that says, the stress-related hormone cortisol lowers significantly, after just 45 minutes of doing art work, or other creative work.
That is HUGE!
How creativity can help you through tough times
When you spend time with yourself, it gives you time to reflect on your situation.
Reflection is an important part of healing. It’s easy to dish out blame, it takes a little more courage to look within.
Creating is expressing through your filter, so your thoughts and emotions will affect what you come up with. Writing, painting, dancing, ect is a healthy way to exhale what goes on inside you.
Creating takes your focus away from whatever is happening in your life that is tough, and onto your working on bringing new to life. Depending on what you work on, having to concentrate for a few minutes on something else, gives a break to your (perhaps) ruminating thoughts. When I felt worse, suddenly realizing that I hadn’t thought about what happened for a few minutes felt wonderful. Because I had been writing or designing graphics or something. It lifted me out of the situtaion and made me feel better.
And like the article says, creating lowers cortisol in your brain, which lowers your stress level.
Do what you can
When you go through a hard time in your life, because struggle is a common human experience, I recommend you do what you can to get back to yourself.
Take 10 minutes to be on your own. Write, read an uplifting inspiring book. Look for affirmations and write them down, go for a walk (this is an advice that often annoys me for some reason, but I have tried it a few times and it can be nice).
Just do what you can.
Nothing is permanent, and you will be fine.
You creativity is a free tool you have at your disposal and it’s always in you.
Being your own best friend, being kind to yourself and comforting yourself is THE MOST important thing when you’re in struggle.
I hope this is of help to you. If you’re going through a rough time, know you’re not alone and that you will get through it.
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