I feel that creativity is an essential part of our lives. We need a way to express ourselves and open up our hearts and minds in a way that we can’t do without letting creativity in.
The problem is that for most people taking some time out to grab a pencil and sketchbook, to get creative with a colouring book, or to knit, sew or make clothes is see as a luxury we don’t have time for in the modern world.
Creativity is left until the end. When everything else has been ticked off the list. When the kids go to bed, or start school or leave for university.
Creativity gets put back again and again as being a selfish and indulgent activity that we just don’t have time for.
But what if creativity:
- made you happier
- gave you more energy
- allowed you to de-stress and unwind
- influenced your mood in a more positive way
- helped you to prioritise your life
- made it easier to manage your energy
- assisted in leaving behind bad and unhealthy habits
- generated a more positive way of thinking
- boosted your spiritual awakening
- helped you feel whole again
If creativity were a pill with all of these benefits written on the label, would you take it?
I know I sure would!
Is Creativity Indulgent or Essential?
Okay, so I’m probably a little bias on this one as I create art as part of my business, but I really truly believe that creativity is essential. And it’s worth remembering that I wasn’t always creative. In fact, creativity for me is a fairly new thing.
I spent my whole life in the creative shadow of my younger brother who was an exceptional artist with some serious skills, and rather than compete with that I turned to academic stuff and embraced the sciences instead. I was a geeky swot who loved facts and data so how could I possibly be creative too! That just doesn’t work……or does it?
It wasn’t until he passed away that creativity came back to me. But it took time. Paul left this world over 11 years ago now and for at least 5 of those years I suffered from the grief in the worst ways imaginable. The pain was unbearable and I didn’t expect to ever get to the end of it.
However, I did, and very slowly I came out of the darkness and it all began with an urge to create art. Nothing flash or extravagant, but with colouring books. I then progressed to drawing mandalas and now I paint and draw on a daily basis and sell my art and take on commission requests. And I have to admit that I never saw that coming!
You can find out more about my creative journey in the below article.
The Problem is Finding the Time
The biggest thing I hear from other people is ” I don’t have the time to be creative” or they will say ” I don’t know where you find the time”
At first, I didn’t have the time because I spent most of that precious commodity being stressed out, suffering from insomnia, wasting my energy on the wrong things and generally being a pretty lousy adult.
As I explored creativity and reaped the benefits, I made time for it.
What Can You Do Less of?
We all have bad habits that drain our time. There was a point where I would watch all the TV soaps which probably took up 2 hours every day. But I was addicted to those depressing shows.
I decided to substitute evening soaps for creativity and I’ve not watched a single soap for over two years now, and YES I feel better for it.
This is how we MAKE time, by taking something we don’t really need and swapping it for something which is going to make us feel better
Everyone Can Find One Hour a Week
Please don’t shout at me for saying this. I know you’re busy and life is stressful, but this is totally true. The difference is…….do you want it?
Think about the week ahead of you. Where can you take one hour of wasted time (like I had with my TV soap addiction), and turn it into one hour of art therapy?
Is an Hour a Week Enough?
That hour is your time to be creative. Just the act of giving yourself an hour off from the rest of the world is priceless. And then you’re going to do something fun and creative with it which is going to allow you added benefits such as feeling calmer and more relaxed, sleeping better, coping with the day ahead with greater ease and generally feeling a lot happier and healthier.
Where do You Start?
As I mentioned earlier, I started with colouring books. All you need is a set of coloured pencils and a colouring book and off you go. They don’t have to be expensive or flashy, the whole point is to get started.
Start with what you know – Did you have previous creative interests? Perhaps you were a knitter before the kids, or a painter before getting married or you built models before starting your new high pressured job. If so, start with what you know. It doesn’t matter if it’s been twenty years or more since you picked up your tools as you learned to do it once, so you can learn to do it again.
Get some inspiration on social media – I love Instagram and Pinterest for craft and art inspiration. Start searching and see what you come up with that appeals to you. Perhaps you’ve seen something I’ve created and would like to give it a go. Inspiration is everywhere and it’s now time to act on it.
Need Some Help and Guidance?
Learn to Create Mindful Mandala Art for Yourself
Do you feel inspired to give it a go yourself?
If so, I would love to guide you through your mandala journey.
My online course, How to Create Mindful Mandala Art, gives you everything you need to start creating beautiful artwork right away.
I firmly believe that EVERYONE can create mandala art with the right guidance, and that’s what you’ll find in this course.
The course consists of a members area where you will find video tutorials and inspiration on your journey. There is also a private Facebook Group where you can hangout with myself, and the other members of the programme. The group is an amazingly supportive and creatively inspiring space and I know you will love it in there.