Create and find your happy.
Do you create anything? Does being creativity bring you happiness? Whether you write, draw, make music or something else, doing something creative is a great way to boost your mood. I know I can get lost when I am creating something. Time flies by and I end up with something tangible to be proud of. And it doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad because it is for you. You never have to share it with the world, unless you choose to. Most of my art is for me. I never share it. Not because I think it’s bad or good. Not because of the content. Only because I made it for me.
Create and meditate.
Creating can put you into a state of flow. You lose track of time. You forget to eat. Why? Because you are in a state of meditation through your art. Have you ever noticed how you feel after being creative is similar to how you feel after a yoga session? Or maybe you meditate and feel the same rejuvenation after an afternoon of coloring. It’s like the chip tagline, once you start, you can’t stop. I struggle to meditate and reach a meditative state by sitting still and breathing. I struggle to stop thoughts. But when I start doing something creative, I don’t get the intrusive thoughts. My mind feels calm and free.
Adult coloring has been a huge hit for mindfulness and stress release. When we color we can focus on the moment and not worry about the ever growing to do list or the latest child drama. It gives us a break from our daily responsibilities. An escape for a moment.
Does great art come from great suffering?
We often relate great creatives to suffering. How many musicians/actors/writers have we lost far too soon to drugs, alcohol or suicide? Van Gogh cut off his ear. But art can actually help reduce your anxiety and depression. It helps to express feelings and build resilience. Art is not a cure-all but it can go hand-in-hand with other therapies. It really depends on the person. Creativity can help you to express feelings you may not feel comfortable doing otherwise.
We hear about these artists because tragedy often makes a good story. A happy painter living their best life doesn’t necessarily attract our attention. As humans, we tend to be drawn to trainwrecks. Money can’t buy happiness but many artists find happiness by choosing a creative path that allows them freedom.
How do you create?
It’s important to find a medium that makes you happy and help boosts your confidence. You don’t want to do something that is too easy or hard. If it’s too easy you will get bored. If it’s too hard you may get frustrated and give up. There are so many different ways you can create. Why not try them all?
Even within a genre of art, there are several subcategories. Within painting, you have several different styles plus all the different media you can work with. You can draw with a pencil or pen. Charcoal or pastels. Maybe you just want to color. Do you use markers, crayons or colored pencil? Maybe you like taking photos and editing them. Maybe you sing or dance. Are you a writer? Are you a reader? Yes, I consider reading to be an artistic/creative pursuit. Do what makes you happy and what you enjoy!
I love a little bit of everything. Obviously, I do a lot of photography but I am trying to find more time for drawing and painting. I even bought myself a book on hand lettering and hope to try my hand at that too!