“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…and God created…and created. Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…and God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them’.” Genesis.
Creativity is a vital ingredient of being human. Nourishing our natural, God-given, God created, creativity helps us to have a higher level of health and well-being. Creativity helps us to:
Better be able to cope with stress
Find creative solutions to problems
Find ways to be mindful, relax and enjoy the moment
Be more confident and trusting of ourselves
Find meaning in the world around us
Have hopes and goals in life.
Creative activities such as art, writing, woodworking, photography, pottery, textiles, and many others stretch our thinking and challenge us. This helps our problem-solving and coping in daily life. It stimulates mental agility using the whole brain, both the left, logical side, and the right, emotional side. Like any skill, creativity needs to be exercised, practiced, used. Participating in the arts helps us to face and tackle problems, helps us to think critically. Arts can help us socially by participating in a group, help us alleviate mental distress.
Visual arts release feel-good chemicals such as endorphins into the brain. These chemicals can help with stress and pain relief, positive mood, relaxation, and concentration. Studies have shown that engagement with arts is linked to better physical and mental health. Also, there is evidence that arts activities can help combat loneliness and social isolation among older people. (from The importance of Creativity for Health and Well Being complied by Wendy Teall and Tamzin Forster; Make More Art:The Health Benefits of Creativity by James Clear)
Finally, creativity gives us pure pleasure. It is part of who we are created to be because we are made in the image of the very God who created us. Creativity is all too often suppressed by our lifestyles, busyness, even our educational backgrounds. We need to strive for wholeness as part of being healthy.
~ Marilyn Fleming, RN, for the Parish Nurses