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How Creative Activities Impact Our Wellbeing

While some of us think ‘of course, it’s evident!’ others might be more skeptical towards art’s impact on one’s mental health and wellbeing.

The World Health Organization (WHO) conducted and published (2019) a comprehensive research article, which concluded that art, in fact, has a positive impact on one’s mental and physical health regardless of their age! 

Wellbeing activities that involve art are now starting to be used more often and the benefits they have on our wellbeing, both preventive and treatment based, are becoming more widely noticed.

Not only has it been suggested that drawing, painting and sculpting, etc., helps one’s wellbeing, but also dance is seen as an excellent method to stay active and improve one’s overall wellbeing. By offering a channel for creative expression, dancing enhances mindfulness and eases anxiety whilst also providing physical benefits.

Creativity through music also offers a distinctive outlet for bringing our feelings to life, which is evident through tried and tested methods of Music Therapy. Whether playing a musical instrument or singing, both of these methods have shown to have significant benefits on an individual’s wellbeing. We are currently offering various creative wellbeing workshops for workplaces, focusing on ‘The Impact of Music’ and ‘Singing for Wellbeing’. Find out more HERE.

 

Creativity Improves Our Stress Management

It is suggested that those who complete creative activities feel a reduction in stress levels and anxiety. This is because when people partake in creative activities they engage in what experts describe as a sense of ‘Flow’. Psychologist Elaine Slater explains this as putting us “in a near-meditative state where we lose track of time and feel removed from the stressors of life.”

Research conducted by Harvard University in 2010 stated that once individuals enter this state of ‘flow’ their anxiety is reduced, moods improve and their heart rate slows. Repetitive creative motions like knitting and drawing help activate this flow, and that once you succeed/create a result, no matter how good, your brain is flooded with dopamine, leading to greater happiness and/or motivation, and in turn reducing your stress levels.

 

Creativity Improves Our Mental Space, Self-Esteem and Confidence

A 2019 online survey conducted across the UK with 50,000 participants showed that creativity has a huge impact on an individuals’ management of their emotions, exploring solutions to problems and, ultimately, helping to build confidence, regardless of one’s skill set.

The Great British Creativity Test and UCL identified the key ways creativity was used to help individuals, these being: 

  • As a ‘distraction tool’ to avoid stress
  • As a ‘contemplation tool’, creating the mental space to reassess problems and make plans
  • And for ‘self-development’, building self-esteem and confidence.

 

Creativity Improves Happiness and Energy Levels

Tamlin Conner, a researcher at the University of Otago in New Zealand conducted research (2016) into the idea that creativity has a positive impact on one’s wellbeing. Her research found that individuals who engage in creative endeavors everyday are more happy and energised, and that their positive moods go hand in hand with creative thinking.

With responses from 650 adults, results showed that “people who were engaged in more creative activities than usual on day one reported increased positive emotion and flourishing the next day, while negative emotions didn’t change. However, the reverse effect did not seem to occur: People who experienced higher positive emotions on day one weren’t more involved in creative activities on day two, suggesting that everyday creativity leads to better wellbeing rather than the other way around.”

 

Creative Activities Support Your Overall Wellbeing

There are many creative activities you can do to help your wellbeing, ranging from art, through music, to dancing and singing. We, at Talent Courtyard hold a variety of online workshops (hopefully in-person workshops soon, once COVID-19 restrictions allow) focusing on helping urban professionals take charge of their wellbeing and improve their work-life balance.

In June, we are delighted to be bringing you an immersive experience in “Collaborative Collage Making” (June 7th), challenging you to get creative while sharing an intimate moment with our community of like-minded urban citizens. We also think that this is a great opportunity to get your friends or family involved with you to bond through creativity, so what do you say? Are you up for the challenge?

You can find out more about our creative workshops here and don’t forget to secure your early bird tickets before it’s too late!

We also offer corporate events for workplaces and universities, so if you and your team are interested in arranging a tailored wellbeing workshop, we can help. Get in touch with us HERE or by writing us an email at contact@talentcourtyard.com.

Here are some of our creative corporate programmes your team could get involved in: 

  • Art as a Form of Meditation 
  • Interactive Collaboration Art 
  • Journaling for Mental Health 
  • Singing for Wellbeing 
  • The Impact of Music 

Find out more HERE.

Make sure to secure your early bird tickets through our crowdfunding campaign now! 

Further Reading 

Health Benefits of Being Creative 

Tamlin Conner’s Research – ‘Everyday Creative Activity as a Path to Flourishing’

How Do Creative Artistic Activities Regulate Our Emotions?

Music For Wellbeing 

Dance For Wellbeing 

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