Have you ever been completely absorbed in something that you lose all track of time?
XYLA Digital therapies calls this a state of flow, they say:
“Flexing our creative muscles has been proven to help people manage their mental well being. Why is this? When we are being creative, our minds typically enter a state of flow: essentially we become absorbed by what we are doing and the creative act takes over our mind. being in the flow boosts our mental state and even slows down the heart rate making it particularly significant for people who suffer from depression or anxiety” XYLA Digital Therapies
As someone who has battled with anxiety and depression on and off throughout my life. I know that when I am creating art I am happy. I am in the flow and not thinking negative thoughts or feeling unhappy.
Our minds are filled with thousands of thoughts each and every day, so by doing something creative we are allowing our mind to focus on just one thing (the creative process).
There are so many ways to add creativity into your life, including:
- bread making
- Dancing and much much more
For me, writing in my journal at the end of the day helps me manage my negative feelings or any worries I might have at that time. Also, I keep an art journal that I use to express things that I can’t find the words for.
I think as we get older and feel we are lumbered with the mundane adult responsibilities like paying the bills, running a home and working, we tend to lose ourselves a bit. Life gets too serious and our playfulness is kept on the back burner sizzling away to nothingness. It was play that taught us the skills we have as an adult, it taught us about the world around us. It was play that formed our first friendships and our sense of belonging. So why did we all stop playing. Maybe, like I was, you were told that it was time to ‘grow up’ and start behaving as an adult. To ‘get your act together’.
For some of us, we stopped playing because the world got scary and a pandemic took over our planet and stole so many lives from us. We can’t turn back the clocks, so we have to move forward and try to find the joy again. It might be harder for some but even listening to some uplifting music is better than listening to the latest statistics on the news.
We need to find our flow again.
For me it’s making time to create art that is just for me and not for sale. It is to write everyday in my journal while listening to uplifting music and turning off the television to read a good book. I also connect with like minded individuals on social media and catch up with friends via zoom or facetime.
If I had one piece of advice it would be:
“Start small, experiment, try something new.”
If you are feeling overwhelmed with the state of the world or you are anxious in any way and would like to tap into your creative side again, then this workbook is for you. It is packed with creative exercises that you can do each day and get your life back on track and on your terms. Just click the image or the link below.