Stress Less Tip 9: Get Creative

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Want to feel alive? Tap into your creative energy. Want to decrease your stress levels? Get lost in doing something that taps into your creative energy. We all have the capacity to be creative and harness the healing energy that it provides. The creative skills we had as children did not disappear. We still have them; the problem is that we may be out of practice. As we have grown into our adulthood, we carve out less time for play because we have responsibilities. This is why, for some of us, our creative energy has died down some. The good news is that we can revive it.

Spend some time thinking about the things you love to do, the things that bring you joy. Spend some time thinking about the ways you like to use your hands. Is it cooking, drawing, helping others? Do you enjoy reading, writing, singing, dancing, playing around with your kids, or even walking and taking in the natural sights around you?  Personally, I love to read and write and learn new things. I can get lost in doing any of those. Even though I know this about myself, I still sometimes get lost in the daily "rat race" that I forget to engage myself. It takes being mindful of our needs.

Take some time with yourself. Start with five minutes and get to know yourself, then take action. Get creative!


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