Wellness in Creativity
“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat, Pray, Love.”
Wellness in our creative life is about compassion, preparation, and community. So often people talk themselves out of pursuing interests and hobbies because they’re not talented enough, don’t have the time, or feel they have no community to support them. Summoning the self-compassion and energy to try something new and take advantage of creative resources in your community can benefit your overall level of wellness. If you are feeling a lack of focus or confidence when it comes to your passions, then it might be time to evaluate how you can make space for wellness in your creative life.
- On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being not at all, 10 being very much), how much do you prioritize creativity in your daily life?
- If you could wake up tomorrow and live a day that honors your creativity, what would it look like?
- How much energy do you feel you have when you engage in creativity?
- Which creative goals result in stress or anxiety?
- Which creative activities result in joy?
The most creative endeavors start with self-compassion. Don’t worry about whether your end product will be “good enough” or whether you have enough talent. Give yourself permission to simply see what could happen when you engage an interest or passion. The combination of self-compassion and creativity can reduce anxiety and lift mood, affecting all areas of your life.
Know Where Time Goes
If you don’t feel that you have time to pursue hobbies or creative interests, then start paying attention to how you spend the hours of the day. Ask yourself what you’re willing to give up in order to pursue a more creative life. That extra hour you spend on the couch watching Netflix or worrying about emails could be an opportunity for pursuing your passions.
Build Your Community
Creative endeavors don’t have to occur in isolation. If there’s a writing group, or a music club, or another gathering in your community, take advantage of it. If none exist, then building one can help give you the energy and accountability you need to live a creative life. You may be surprised by how many people in your community desire the same camaraderie.
Outline for Growth
What are some of the self-critical thoughts you have about a creative interest you’d like to pursue? What would it look like to give yourself permission to create without expectation or judgement? What impact could self-compassion have on your overall wellness?
What activities or time habits prevent you from having a more creative life? Which of these would you be willing to give up to pursue your interests? What small actions could increase your level of motivation for making these changes?
How could a group of supportive people with similar interests help your creative life? What resources and groups currently exist in your community? How could you take active steps to gather a group of people with whom you can share your creative pursuits?
Look over your answers and consider three changes you can make in the next month to grow your creative life.
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