You might think that creativity is something you can’t do. So many people say, ‘oh I’m just not the creative type.’ But it is within everyone to be creative. And it’s not just good for the soul to sketch or play with clay or embroider. Creativity comes in all shapes and sizes, and it has some unexpected benefits for the rest of your life.
Creativity helps you solve problems
Fostering your creativity trains your brain to be more adaptable and flexible in dealing with all sorts of problems. Not just how to get that pot completely balanced and smooth, but how to solve that problem with a work project or a relationship or a career issue.
Being creative takes you out of the linear thinking mode and the confines of regular logic. Options stop being only black and white. Your mind can look at your problem from many different angles and sees potential nuances that you otherwise might miss.
Creativity can help you live longer
Surprising but true. Studies have shown that being creative can actually reduce your mortality risk and add years to your life. Making, drawing, woodwork, knitting, or painting all fire different neural pathways in your brain and help to reduce stress and anxiety. Creativity slows cognitive aging and enables you to lead a happier, more fulfilling life.
Creativity grows your confidence
Learning a creative skill takes application and lots of practice. You’ll make a lot of mud pies and lopsided pots before you can create beautiful and functional tableware. Mastering your chosen art form helps you develop confidence in your abilities that will overflow into other areas of your life. As you overcome failure and succeed in making beautiful things, you will see that persistence and optimism is the way to success.
Creativity is immensely satisfying
There is nothing like starting with raw materials and being able to make something unique from them. Whether you start with a lump of clay or you make your summer wardrobe from scratch, you know you have the skills and creative spark to make whatever you want. You aren’t dependent on stores and other people’s work. You know you can start with zero skills and learn a completely new skill.
Creativity helps you express yourself
Making an artwork or a piece of writing or an item of clothing allows you to make something that is completely yours. No one else can make the exact same thing that you can.
Living a creative life can help you see that whatever you bring to the world is unique and special.
How are the relationships in your life? Do you struggle to maintain your romance? Are you falling out with friends and family at the drop of a hat? It’s always difficult to master relationships because they involve people. Despite the fact that humans are social creatures, it’s difficult to manage the emotional wants and needs of two people. Friendships slip away, romance fades, and even familial ties can be tested.
The purpose of delving into how spiritual wellness can improve relationships is to challenge you. To challenge your view of spirituality and also challenge you to improve relationships. We often feel as though we have little to no control over our lives. While that’s true in some ways, there is plenty you do have control over. Spiritual wellness and relationships are two of those things.
How do you engage in spirituality? Is it something you even think about? Your immediate response might be no, that you don’t cater to your spirit. Attending a service, thinking positively about other people, reading a holy text, reading an uplifting book, serving others, relaxing, speaking to others about your spiritual wellness, spending time in nature, meditation, soothing music, breathing techniques… these are all ways you can cater to your spirit. So, if your initial response was no, perhaps you should rethink your answer.
For those spiritual activities that you do engage in them, why do you choose these particular ones? How do you they make you feel? If your answer is still no, you should consider one or more of the activities that are listed above. You shouldn’t underestimate the power of spiritual wellness and how your spirituality can provide meaning in your life and help you improve relationships.
With that in mind, answer this – are you a spiritual person?
People who view themselves as spiritual are often happier and healthier. It’s an important part of yourself and needn’t be related to a specific religion or any religion at all. It’s an expression of your inner thoughts and feelings. It’s knowing who you are and understanding what you value. It can make you a better person, a better friend, and a better partner.
However, you define spirituality, however you choose to feed it, it can make you feel better.
Often, the way we choose to feed our spiritual wellness is within a community setting. It might be a yoga class, a church service or volunteering in the community. What it does is place you with like-minded people.
There is great value in being around people who think like you and who share your values. It’s just as important as exposing yourself to other perspectives. Your values matter, you’re passionate about them and sharing that with people who feel the same can help you build new friendships. It can also make you recognize how valuable other friendships are with people who may feel slightly different than you do on certain subjects.
A key part of feeding your spiritual side are activities that draw you closer to yourself. You get to know yourself on a deeper level. When you do this, you become more in touch with your emotions, likes, dislikes, values, passions, purpose, and beliefs.
Spiritual wellness also increases your ability to manage your emotions appropriately, and often, that is our downfall in relationships. It’s difficult to maintain a friendship or romance with another person when you can’t cope with the emotions that bubble up.
Moreover, spiritual wellness isn’t just about building relationships with others. You’re also building a stronger relationship with yourself, which is going to benefit you in every aspect of your life.
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