Find Tranquility & Fulfillment through Creative Expression & Accomplishment
As I write this column, it is that “calm before the storm” feeling/time between the holidays, where Christmas is behind us, and New Year’s is on the horizon. However, when you read this, we’ll be a month into the New Year of 2021 – and hopefully enjoying a transitional annum of newly uplifted spirits, peace and prosperity…
How we cope with stress and hardship to maintain our sense of balance and positivity can take on many forms. Exploring creative outlets, the pursuit of hobbies and other pastimes help us clear our minds, express our artistic side and purge pent up stress and negativity. In fact, creativity actually improves our health through reducing anxiety and depression, and can even help us process trauma…
“Do you find yourself craving a little creativity in your life? Turns out, tapping into that creative energy can actually improve your overall health. It might sound too good to be true, but simply engaging in creative behaviors (even just coloring in those trendy adult coloring books) improves brain function, mental health and physical health,” from ‘Here’s How Creativity Actually Improves Your Health’ by Ashley Stahl.
One of the positive trends we’ve seen over the past year in particular; is the growing number of artisans and craftspeople turning to epoxy resin for both expressive artwork creation; as well as designing and building DIY projects such as home furnishings and accessories. Tackling these tasks leads to an improved mind, body and spirit. And studies have shown that people with a positive outlook are happier, have better mental and physical health, and even a stronger immune system!
Some people pursue creative activities as a hobby, while for others it’s how they make their living. At times, we create just for creativity’s sake – the mood just “hits” us. The desire to build and create seems to be innate in human beings. Our sense of expressing ourselves in the items we conceive and bring to fruition needs to be fulfilled. It’s part of who we are, and how we keep ourselves humming along both mentally and physically!
Here’s hoping you all are enjoying a Happy New Year (so far) – and that 2021 is off to a glorious beginning!