Why is creativity good for your mental health?
We all remember the fun and joy of expressing ourselves creatively as children. Sadly this pleasure is often lost as we grow up.
Getting creative can have great benefits for everyone, no matter what age we are.
- Help you to relax and calm the mind - re-focusing thoughts from worrying and stress.
- Be a way of expressing what's going on - in a way that may not be possible in everyday conversation.
- Lift your mood and release 'happy endorphins'.
- Be empowering and create a sense of identity and achievement.
- Boost your self-esteem - getting involved can help you realise that you can overcome challenges and do wonderful things.
- Help you to meet new people who are like-minded and have had similar experiences.
- Give you a new purpose, meaning and direction.
There are lots of ways you can get creative - whether it's painting, drawing, doing a craft, dancing, drama, writing or taking photos - the list is endless.
And there's no need to worry that you 'can't do this or that'. Anyone of any age or ability can get involved. Just have a go.
National Alliance for Arts Health and Wellbeing - website gives an introduction to the impact the arts can have on health and wellbeing.