In our previous post Get Back your Creative Edge, we explored ways we can recognize, recapture, develop and unleash our creativity again, yielding great benefits.
There is much gain in being creative and working on developing your creative mind. One of such benefits is good health. For obvious reasons today life has been very stressful for all of us. I'm sure you will agree that the current pandemic has brought nothing but added stress on top of what we all were already dealing with before the pandemic. However, engaging in creative projects has shown to lower stress levels significantly for many.
Studies have shown that people who engage in some type of writing such as writing a journal, a handwritten letter to a dear friend or completing a novel often find that it relieves emotional trauma. Engaging in activities such as molding clay for example, helps people reconnect with who they are and has been very positive for some people who are experiencing a certain illness.
The destructive nature of some diseases can make people question their lives and often ask themselves what they did to deserve such a horrible sickness.
I am originally from West Africa so I know how stressful life can be. During those stressful days growing up, it was my creative endeavor that helped me make sense of the situations, helped reduce stress, helped me cope with things and even helped me stay healthy. Making my own toys or kites or calligraphic writing for myself and my friends for example gave me a positive outlook on life. Indeed, engaging in creative tasks certainly reduces stress, brings back a sense of peace, and gives a person the resolve to cope with whatever they are going through.
Are you in chronic pain? Why not write a journal. It may seem counterintuitive however, writing a journal or even a short story about your pain with perhaps you as the lead character has shown to reduce chronic pain levels. You may not see large results overnight but the daily practice of writing briefly about why you are in pain and how you are learning to cope, who you know personally has experienced similar pain as you, including who or what is helping you cope works as a pain reliever over time. Such creative exercise is not just limited to writing, you can engage in many other activities to document to yourself and others how you are coping. Who knows you may well inspire someone.
Creativity can also help with your self-awareness and self-confidence. You get a better sense of who you are as a person and even think of ways to improve yourself and benefit others. That is why it is always good to work on creating some kind of physical product just because. I'm not suggesting you go and waste money and time on a project. A piece of card you designed yourself for instance is a physical product as you can give it to someone and it can make their day feel better.
Each creative piece that you complete, whether it is a painting or a piece of writing, helps boost your self-confidence. It won’t matter if you never sell the painting or the written piece of work; you will still reap the rewards even if you give it to someone for free.
Without a doubt, the person who completes a painting, writes a short story or completes a book is bound to come out far ahead with some level of self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment. How then can you learn to be creative? We will explore the answer in our next series of blog posts including how to invent a product with just the use of your creative powers. Below is Creative Habit Number 2. You can read about Creative Habit Number 1 in our past blog. Try to follow along and collect all the habits and make them your own.
Creative Habit Number 2 - Teaching Your Negative Voice New Tricks.
We all have some sort of negative voice inside of our heads. We tend to sometimes listen to it and some even have a name for that voice because it is part of their daily lives. Many will tell you to get the negative voice out and replace it with a positive voice. But to make it easier, why not simply take the negative voice and teach it to be a positive voice? Why not take that negative voice with its negative criticism and teach it the art of constructive criticism? It is not as difficult as you think.
Why learn to use a learn to use a flashlight when you can brighten your own self.
Think about it. How you talk to yourself is how you see yourself. Do you for example find yourself calling yourself "stupid" simply because you made a little mistake? Instead of negatively bringing yourself down with negative words why not use constructive criticism instead. Try this exercise.
Strive to build the creative habit of talking to yourself as you would a small child whenever you make a little or a big mistake. I do that whenever I'm driving and I make a little traffic mistake. Offer yourself constructive criticism and ask yourself questions such as,
Why did I made that mistake?
What did I learn from my mistake?
How can I avoid making the same mistake or other foreseeable related mistake again?
How can this benefit me in the long run?
Also frame the criticism in a way so that you acknowledge the mistake but take responsibility for it and know that mistakes/failures are normal and you grow from them. Remember, negative voices know who we are and they will always be in our heads. Its like the food a person is accustomed to eating from his native land. Yes, sometimes we come to realize that some food from our native land we love so much can be unhealthy but that food understands your system. You've lived on that food all your life. Instead of completely purging that food from your diet and replacing it with some strange food fad in your new country, why not learn a new way to cook a healthy or better version of your native food. The same is true with the infamous negative voice. If you can get your negative voice to positively start working for you, imagine what it will do for you.
In our next blog post, we will Learn to be Creative and we will also explore Creative Habits Number 3.
Autrige Dennis, is an inventor, author and patent illustrator at www.ascadex.com. Autrige has worked in-house at a renowned patent law firm for many years before starting his company ASCADEX. Working at ASCADEX provides him the opportunity to work with inventors, patent law firms and companies around the world. Autrige is highly recommended by top patent law firms and Intellectual property law blogs. See Article