Fanning the Flames
Creativity as Self-Care
Dear Friend,
I put my creativity on hold for many years. All of my energy literally went to maintaining a less-than-healthy body and a very toxic relationship. After finally getting rid of the latter and improving the former, I felt creative again. At first, I was shocked.
Then I was sad.
When I was younger, I loved being creative. It was a wonderful thing I shared with my Mom (a great memory). We would paint, do crafts, crochet, garden, sew, all kinds of things. But I had shoved that all in a box until it finally burst free again. And now that it has, I feel completely different. Inspiration comes back. The FUN of creating comes back. All that potential comes back. As a result, I'm more relaxed, happier, easygoing, and yes, some pain that was caused by stress has disappeared.  Will creativity do that for you?
I honestly don't know. But being creative, enjoying creativity, is a part of what makes us happy and whole. To ignore the urge to be creative can actually contribute to making us miserable. It can hurt. More and more, people are coming to understand that we have to take care of ourselves in order to be there for others. That we cannot be at our best anywhere else if we aren't at our best for us. it even sets a good example for our children and grandchildren when we take time to take care of ourselves and be whole.
So I deeply encourage you to be creative for your own health. Do something you used to love or discover the joy of a new fun hobby. Take it in small steps. I certainly don't expect you to become an expert overnight, or even regain all those lost "mad skillz" in a day. Think about how it would make YOU feel better to do something you enjoy.
Pretty soon, your brain will come back and say, "Then let's do that! It sounds like fun!"
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