The Link Between Art, Life and Our Mental Health

If I asked you - 'Do you think of yourself as being creative?', how would you answer, honestly?

The answer inevitably reveals just two camps: 'Yes, I've always been a creative' and 'Nope, not a creative molecule in sight!'.  

At the risk of being a broken record and shouting to the rooftops, WE ARE ALL CREATIVE, we just forget...

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Beginning March of this year, I am going to be attempting something pretty darn big after having taken antidepressants for many years - I'm going to try to come off them gradually and document this journey using art and video diaries.  You can read more on this here.  

Anyway, in an attempt to 'prepare' I'm learning a lot on this topic and I feel we underestimate the mental health benefits of tapping into our creativity in a more conscious and deliberate way.


Below is a quote from an article I read from the Guardian - 'Art and Soul how sparking your creativity helps you stay well':

We need to remind ourselves that creativity can be as simple as playing or doing things differently, so that we give ourselves permission to open the door to other activities and usher in all the benefits that come with this – from time to reflect or overcoming perfectionism to communicating or simply having fun.

Below is another snippet of an article from the Guardian...

So, whether you are picking up a paintbrush, a piece of clay, kneading bread, planting Spring bulbs, writing a journal, don't underestimate the power of your creativity - the many benefits to your soul, physical health and your mental health.  It's not a luxury, it's a necessity.


So, I hope you would now think of yourself firmly in the 'Yes' camp to thinking of yourself as creative and just a quick thought - how can you make your creativity a priority?  I'd love to hear from you. 


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