What is creativity and how does it impact wellness?
Working out the perfect way to balance your coffee, laptop and bagel on the way to your morning meeting.
“She used her creativity to overcome the challenges of her daily commute.”
Synonyms: inventiveness, imagination, imaginativeness, innovation, originality, individuality
The benefits of being creative are endless. From escapism to improved self-esteem and innovative problem solving. Including the daily challenges of navigating a busy commute. Name something that isn’t aided by a pinch of creativity, we’ll wait…
Jokes aside, creativity undeniably brings more value to the world than many of us realise. Studies like the BBC Arts Great British Creativity Test have shown there is a strong relationship between creativity and wellness. Moreover, the results of the study, with almost 50,000 participants, suggested that being creative can reduce stress. Consequently, it can free up headspace and improve self-development, which helps build self-esteem.
Living in a technology-driven society, many people might shut down the idea of being creative in favour of logic and productivity. Others may do so because they think that creativity relates only to the arts. However, it is more than the arts.
Where do we see creativity in daily life?
Creativity is so much more than the arts. It is about how we create new ideas and implement them into every aspect of society.
Of course, being creative includes creating unique, never-seen-before art. However, it also includes engineers breaking the boundaries of what is possible and businesses creating new products. It includes inventors, scientists and theorists. Likewise, it includes how we understand the planet we live in and the others in our solar system. It even includes how a neighbour managed to innovate their barbecue set up.
Creativity is not all about the big revolutionary ideas. Rather, any creative activity keeps the brain active and causes spurts of dopamine that improves our wellbeing. Furthermore, when we recognise our own creative capacity and potential. Significantly, it can start positively impacting our wellness and self-worth, changing how we view ourselves.
If you need some inspiration for how to bring creativity into your daily life to improve your wellbeing, we’ve mind mapped a few ideas:
Try something active
Try something brainy
- Read a new book
- Listen to a podcast
- Work out a puzzle
Try something artistic
- Colour by numbers
- Attend a pottery class
- Read or write poetry
- Cook a new recipe
- Blind taste testing with friends
- Eat foods from different countries
Change it up
- Change a boring daily task eg. brushing your teeth in a different way
- Walk a different route to work
- Replace plastics with eco-friendly alternatives
- Try out a new hairstyle
- Experiment with fashion
Mind mapping is a great way to structure creativity into helpful thought streams. Learn how to make a great mind map and get creative!