The Therapeutic Benefits of Creativity

Have you ever realized how creativity, or simply even doing the things you enjoy has the ability to pick your spirit up during times of hardship or sadness?

Creativity comes in many shapes and forms, it could be creating a work of art on paper for some people, doing someone’s hair (for example hair dressers), beating every level in a video game, or even writing, or journaling.

For me, creativity has no limit, and I may even describe it as something that gives someone a sense of pride, accomplishment, or just makes you FEEL good inside. Therefore, in our search for stress relievers, there are endless possibilities.

Before starting this class I thought of stress relievers as ACTIVE measures we take in our lives dedicated to relieveing stress, such as practicing yoga, doing artwork, exercising, or simply sitting down in a quiet space, just to name a few. However, as this class goes on I find myself more apt to pay attention to my stress levels and what I am doing at a particular time that lessens them. I have come to realize the very minute things that actually relieve my stress that don’t typically “jump out” as stress relievers. I thought I would share a few… 🙂

1. Playing Territory War… This is an online game in which you play against other players, and the winner is whoever lives. It may be a little violent in terms of the methods of killing other players, but its the precision in your aim, and the strategies you develop that makes me love this game. I get a little rush of adrenaline when its 1 against 1 and I may lose, it’s exciting. Of course, you win some and you lose some, but at the end of a few games I find myself a lot more relaxed than before.

2. Getting all dolled up… Doing my hair, or doing my nails, or even waking up a little earlier in the mornings to put on a cute outfit and some yummy perfume for the day seems to always lift my spirit. In fact, if I am having a bad day, I make an effort to wake up the next morning and pay a little extra attention to myself and looking “cute”. Not only does it relax me and make me feel good about myself, but it sets the tone for the rest of my day and seems to keep my stress levels down since I’ve started the day on such a good note.

3. Cleaning my room… Yes, I know… Its WEIRD! But strangely if I am having a bad day and on top of that my room is a mess, I find that after I have cleaned everything up, organized my books, done a little vacuuming, and making my bed, I feel a sense of relaxation and calmness. Clearing the clutter out my life, metaphorically and literally always tends to set me in a good mood and relieve some stress.

There are a lot more things that don’t “jump out” as stress relievers, but tend to relax me, or I find myself a lot more relaxed afterwards… Does anyone else have the same experience? What ordinary things relieve your stress?


2 Responses to “The Therapeutic Benefits of Creativity”

  1. 1 psychphil90 April 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I have never really thought of creativity and its affects on Stress but this blog got me really interested. Your different ways that are creative and help you deal with stress got me thinking if I do anything interesting. I pretty much do the normal workout or something but in the future I will think of something different and creative I can do

  2. 2 klew23 May 8, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    The little things, like looking good or having a clean/organized living space, make a difference for sure. I go crazy when I am already having a bad day, then I can’t find something or don’t have enough space to do something. For instance, when I go to do homework and my desk is completely cluttered, it drives me crazy. As far as dressing up, compliments can always brighten up someone’s day.

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