“But I’m not creative like you!” I lamented to my long-time friend.
What are you talking about? You are too!” She then listed the many creative things I’ve done over the years. (That’s one reason why I love my long-time friends. They remember and help us see things about us we may not see in ourselves.)
For all those busy years of kids and career, I rarely had the time to do what I considered to be large creative projects. I tried in small ways to “up my game” with occasionally creative table settings, holiday and kid projects, and interesting vacation photos. More like “creative-lite” I thought. I felt like there was very little creative energy in my life. I’ve always admired my highly creative friends and appreciate beautiful things made by others.
When I transitioned from my full-time career, time opened up. I have more opportunity to pursue creative interests for the pure joy of it and to feed my curiosity. I didn’t realize how good being creative is for me as I aged.
Creativity is essential for living a fulfilling life, regardless of age. It allows us to solve problems, express ourselves, and explore new ideas. However, some people believe creativity is an inherent talent that only a few possess. Don’t buy it….we are all creative! And it can be nurtured at any age.
Creating art, writing, or cooking all can positively impact an overall sense of well-being. Creativity is mentally stimulating and often reduces stress and anxiety. There are several ways to cultivate a creative mindset. Simple exercises, being open to new experiences, and embracing failure can enhance your creativity with significant benefits.
Five Benefits of Creative Activities
1. Participating in creative activities helps women to gain a sense of control, positively boost mental health, self-esteem and resilience.
2. Creativity enhances imagination and stimulates curiosity, and we are more likely to remain curious and engaged in the world.
3. Studies have shown that creative activities increase mental ability and can help prevent age-related cognitive decline. Painting, drawing, and writing all require mental focus, concentration, and problem-solving skills, which positively impact our brain function.
4. Creative interests offers opportunities to connect with other like-minded individuals and form new, lasting relationships. Engaging in group creative activities such as art classes or writing workshops women to socialize and connect with others.
5. Creativity often reduces stress which can help lower their blood pressure, reduce the risk of illness, and improve overall physical health.
Throughout our lives, it is important we continue to engage in creative activities that foster personal growth and self-expression. These activities not only keep the mind active, but they also provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Consider ways you been creative this week?
How did you feel while creating something?
I encourage you to do something fun, creative and new today. I plan too!
For more information, check out one of my favorite authors Julia Cameron. Her more recent book is filled with ideas about creativity. Check it out. It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond (Artist’s Way).