Have you ever said, “I’m not that creative. I can’t paint, or sew, or draw, or decorate a house like Joanna Gaines.” (Love her!!!)
Being creative doesn’t necessarily have to be about art. Perhaps you’re really good at cooking, making a spreadsheet, dancing, or diapering a baby’s butt. Or maybe you can put together an amazing outfit or pick out the perfect jewelry to compliment. Or perhaps, you always know the right thing to say. These things all require creativity.
So, even if, just for a moment, let’s say we all are creative. In our own special ways.
Perhaps we can even view our gifts from God as creativity. Here’s what God says about our gifts:
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12: 6-8 (NIV)
God gave us all unique and specific gifts. And he’s asking us to use them.
So, lets draw this all back to our health. How in the world can being creative help me be healthy?
Do you ever notice that as adults we get serious? And if you are in a place of depression or anxiety this probably really hits home. There’s no time to laugh and have fun. We have things to do, places to go, and people to annoy (I mean see). We get serious about all the things.
Now, lets compare that with a child. Children are naturally creative, imaginative little creatures. They pretend. They laugh. They play. AND, for the most part, they are happy, lighthearted, and frolicy.
So, what if we tried on a little play and creativity? What if we added a moment of lightheartedness to our to do list? What do you think might happen in our brain?
It’s going to chill out! Stress is going to lessen. Digestion is going to happen. Smiles are going to occur. And perhaps even laughter might escape our lips. We might even allow ourselves to feel lighthearted.
Play and creativity is a crucial part of reducing stress.
PLUS, if we’re using the gifts God gave us we are fulfilling our purpose in life. You probably know that people who feel like they have a purpose are much happier and fulfilled than people who don’t know what their purpose is.
So, get out there. Do your thing. Create. And enjoy doing it!