Four Ways Creativity Helps The Brain

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Creativity helps you.

Creativity Helps You

What creativity do you participate in?

More than anything else, the one thing that helped me come out of my dark place was getting my mind engaged in projects to take my mind-space away from anxiety and worried ruminations. I volunteered, re-did furniture, made gifts for people, cooked exotic food, designed jewelry, gardened, learned new things, took classes, read loads of books, organized closets, planned parties, started a business, and much more.

“Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” English proverb.

And an idle mind is Anxiety’s playground. That is why people often get so nervous in the late evening, (especially children). When they are alone in their beds, there is nothing to think about so often worries and scary thoughts and images infiltrate that blank space. This is also why some people get so anxious about meditation. It’s too risky to have their mind empty.

Guided meditation is a great way to stop anxiety

guided meditations Jodi AmanGuided meditation is so good for this kind of person or anyone beginning meditation because it gives them images and a story to focus on. This is amazing. You have to get it!

Check out my 21 Day Guided Meditation Series to help with this!

There is a holistic cure for an idle mind that is accessible to any of us: Getting involved in something creative. Anxiety doesn’t want you to do this. It tells you to stop doing anything “until you get over Anxiety.”

Yes, there are some things that are stressful and that would benefit you to change in your life. Take a break and change those. But when you withdraw from what can make you happy, this usually worsens the problem.

Hopefully this video will convince you.

How Creativity Helps The Brain

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Four ways that creativity helps the brain 

There are four ways that creativity helps the brain and I encourage everybody to take on something creative in their life.

1. Physically

Pain starts in the brain rather than the joints or muscles. When people are engaging in a creative activity or social activity, they experience less pain.

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It also stimulates those parts of the brain that we need stimulating to help us recover from our past.

2. Mentally

Doing something takes up that mental space from other stressful things that are often going through our minds.

3. Emotionally

When we do something creative, we see the product of our labors and can fell good about it. This helps us trust ourselves and raises our self-esteem.

4. Spiritually

Engaging in something creative helps us live out our life purpose. It helps us realize the gifts that we have and share them with the world. We become more connected and more purposeful in our life and this helps us mind, body and soul. This changes the way we see the world and the way we see ourselves.

There are so many creative ways to heal your brain physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Try something easy today.

Me? I garden, write, schedule my family’s social activities, keep my house organized , and make herbal remedies and shoot and edit videos.

What creative projects are you involved in?

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12 Comments

Siedah

Expressing myself creatively, journaling, and meditation is what is getting me through depression. Thanks for sharing Jodi.

Your Rochester biz lady,

Siedah

Jodi Aman

Thanks Siedah! I look forward to working with you!

Elaine Hunter

I am a photographer and do a lot of photographic manipulation every day.
I am not trying to get up from the computer more because I know I need exercise.
Thank you Jodi for all your advice and help.

Jodi Aman

Keep it up Elaine! Both exercise and being creative with your photographs are awesome for you! xo

Laura Zera

Writing is definitely my happiest creative pursuit, but there are many things that help me with mindfulness, including gardening, even though my lower back doesn’t like it so much anymore.

Jodi, your first set of guided meditations are what really started me on meditation (back in 2011?), and so I will vouch that for those who find it a challenge, the guided kind is ever so helpful. And you also have a very soothing, loving voice. That is what’s most helpful. xo

Jodi Aman

Thank you so much Laura! That is so sweet! I think I will gift you my other meditations since you are so awesome!

Laura Zera

Jodi, what an amazing gift! Thank you so much. I have them all downloaded and ready to go in my Meditations playlist, and I am so excited to go through them. Over and over and over again!! Much love to you. xo

Jodi Aman

Thank you so much! I’m glad you like them!

marie

I definitely agree with you on this one Jodi. Creativity is a treasure, it helps us grow and find our way in Life. I write, knit, blog, take photos and record best and happiest moments.
Thank you for being an inspiration on our journey.

Jodi Aman

You are so welcome Marie! Your kindness always lifts me up. I have your postcard on my desk and it makes my day. Every day!

Christina

Unearthing a purpose from your creative moments is not an often discussed benefit, but it does have a basis in real life experience. There is even some scientific data out there showing how we can come to innovative solutions and resolutions after moments of escape through creativity and play.

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