Why Everyone Needs a Creative Outlet

When was the last time you did something creative just for fun?

With jam-packed days at the office and home, it can seem impossible to find time to paint, write or tackle a craft. But according to an American Journal of Public Health study, there’s a connection between those kinds of outlets and your mental and physical health.  Here are a few key benefits to taking time to explore something that interests you:

  • A break from anxiety and stress: A creative outlet can help fill a void in your life as well as distract you from stressful things like work. You’re focused on the thing you’re creating, not the snarky comment your co-worker made yesterday.
  • A healthier body and mind: Research has found that doing something you enjoy can lower blood pressure, the stress hormone cortisol and body mass index. It can also reduce your negative thoughts and levels of depression.
  • Scheduled time for yourself: If you choose to take a class to get your creative juices flowing, you increase the chances that you’ll actually go as opposed to putting it off. You’ve already signed up and paid in advance, so you’re more likely to take the time for yourself – a great opportunity to reset your focus and mental state.
  • A chance to meet new people: Classes and workshops also offer an opportunity to get yourself up from behind a computer screen and meet new people with similar interests, boosting not only your creativity but your circle of friends.
  • A healthy outlet: Through art, many people are able to express feelings and experiences that they’re unable to put in to words. This is especially important when dealing with a tragic event or a stressful time in your life.

And don’t worry if you aren’t the next Monet! No matter your skill level, it’s important to schedule in some artistic time every week, whether it’s writing, dancing, singing or reading. What are you waiting for?

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  1. I like how you said that a creative hobby can help you look past stressful events in your life. My wife gets really stressed out from her work. I think it’d be fun for both of us to start a creative hobby together so she doesn’t pay attention to the stress that her job gives her.

    1. Hi Franklin,
      Glad you found this post helpful. Let us know if you and your wife find a creative outlet you can do together!
      – Julie

  2. I loved that you said that art would allow people to express feelings and experiences that they could not express through words, especially when dealing with a tragic event or a stressful time. This is something that I will share with my sister so she could consider finding an art workshop that she could join in. She has been under stress since her husband left her for someone else and filed a divorce. Although she is healing, there are times that she still could not express her emotions properly.

  3. It was a great thing to know that enrolling in a painting class will obligate you to spend your time honing your creativity. My son can’t get the brush out of his hands when it’s time for dinner, and I was hoping to support him more for his passion in painting. I’ll make sure to find a good watercolor painting workshop in town. This way, he’ll be able to have more fun in painting while having the opportunity to learn from experts.

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