Creativity and Mental Health
So this week is Mental Heath Awareness week. I thought what a great opportunity to share with you what I think of the effects Creativity can have on the mind.
As you know from my previous blog, a small introduction to myself. I found being creative a way back into finding myself again. After having my accident and losing my right eye I found it very hard to come to terms with it. Emotionally it was difficult but mentally, I felt like I was in a black hole and `i would never be the same again.
I have always been a creative person and always believed that creativity in any form can bring so much joy, happiness and clarity to a person. So after being in this black hole of despair for so long i wanted to bring hope back into my life. This was something I really struggled with and still do sometimes, hope is a precious thing to have in your life.
I started a beading course making simple beaded necklaces. I thought I am not going to let this be the definition of me for the rest of my life. I did find it physically and mentally difficult at first but shear determination and a lot of equipment helped me make my first ever beaded necklace. Just that accomplishment alone helped me become more positive. The physical aspect of creating that necklace despite the difficulties helped clear my mind of negative thoughts and helped me focus. It has been a very long journey form that moment to this but every bit and every day has got better and helped by staying creative. I still have my really down days where negativity and anxiety creep back in but then I take myself of and have a day where i think of nothing else but creating something. Not putting limits on myself just focusing on the project in hand. I find that this is an amazing medicine for me. I have had counselling and with that and creativity I believe I am in a much better frame of mind. My disability will always be their but now I have a way, an escape to help me cope.
I know that it won’t work for everyone but it is well worth a try. Even Neuroscientists are studying other forms of creativity and finding that activities like cooking, drawing, cake decorating, photography, art, music and even doing crossword puzzles are beneficial, according to Time magazine. It seems that crafting not only eases stress and increases happiness, but it can help those who suffer from anxiety and depression, and may also protect the brain from aging.
I have found through working with Henshaws doing the arts and crafts club that it has help those that lack in confidence in their abilities, it helps them to achieve what they thought they couldn’t. I believe that them being there for them few hours a week also helps take their minds of their worries.
So why don’t you give it a try. Next time your feeling stressed with work, the kids, the housework, the bills, life get out a piece of paper and a pen and doodle. If you’re feeling more adventures pop to your local craft suppliers and try something new. There is so much to choose from, knitting, sewing, crafting, jewellery even up cycling an old piece of furniture like my piece i done. There are workshops you can attend. These are great for meeting new people and getting creative, some are ministry of crafts, Fred Aldous and Craft Manchester will be holding an array once we have our premises.
Thanks for reading
Stay Crafty x