Creativity is crucial.
It feeds my soul and allows me to reconnect to mySELF even in the bleakest circumstances.
During the years when I experienced clinical depression, creativity was a huge part of my self-care. I wrote lyrics, which turned into songs, which helped me work through the darkness I was feeling. As I would sing what I had written, I felt myself returning to wholeness. It was an opportunity not only to be creative, but to authentically express my truth. It was as though I could turn the volume down on my icky feelings as I turned the volume up on my writing and singing.
I know what you’re thinking. “Brigid, I can’t write music. I don’t sing. How is this helpful to me?”
I’m so glad you asked.
Creativity comes in many forms. Of course, there are traditional outlets like visual art, writing and dancing. But creativity is also wearing clothes that reflect your feelings or personality, pouring your heart into cooking, cultivating a home that feels nurturing, and even problem-solving.
Each of these creative outlets supports our wellbeing by inviting us right into the moment, and giving us the freedom to express ourselves.
In this episode of Guts & Grace, my guest shares some great examples of creativity in action, along with practical suggestions for getting started.
Or Har-Gil is an Art Therapist who guides you to embrace your whole, imperfect, human self. Through one-on-one sessions and workshops, she facilitates full-spectrum self-expression by creating safe, playful containers to show up exactly as you are, create from your inner self, and find the beauty in your messy enough-ness.
We took a deep dive into creativity, and the role it plays in our wellbeing and happiness.
Many of us shy away from creativity, believing that we’re not good at it. But amazing things happen when we immerse ourselves in the playful process, focusing not on skill and output, but self-expression and felt experience. Come on a journey with us, and get inspired to embrace creativity! (We even invented a new word!)
Or shares some awesome resources in the podcast, listed here:
Books – The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharpe; Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert; Self-Compassion by Dr. Kristin Neff
Instagram – Claire Laraine (Creative journaling prompts)