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Healthy Boosts Through Creativity

Creativity is something often overlooked in a balanced life. Diet and exercise all come foremost in our minds, but the art of being creative touches us emotionally in ways perhaps some of you haven't thought about.

Mentally and physically, creativity lends itself to a balanced life, and in family caregiving, finding ways to have that can make a significant difference for you. A different sense of purpose can create an opening to a different level of self-care in ways perhaps you haven't thought about. That care is an integral part of continuing to care for your loved one and yourself. A more balanced you can be more present for your loved one.

Whether you journal or immerse yourself in the garden, being creative can be helpful in many ways. Here are a few benefits:

  • Increased brain function by applying problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.

  • Elevates your mood through a sense of play.

  • Creates a sense of calm through mindfulness.

  • Enhanced the immune system by reducing stress hormones by focusing on the task at hand.

  • Enriched happiness by accomplishing something you enjoy.

Everyone is creative; it's just a matter of taking chances and trying new things to discover the artistic medium that fits you. It can be a project you work on now and again or something quick and easy.

Creativity shows up in many ways. This past weekend I went to the local farmers market and bought two bunches of flowers for $6. I combined the bunches and separated them into two colorful vases, and the result? It makes me smile every time I walk into my living room and bedroom — simple, inexpensive creativity.

Keep track of things you see that spark your interest. I have a folder in my email labeled 'Creative' so that when I come across something that brings a smile to my heart, I can return to it. The idea is not to make this a chore or another thing to do but to open your heart and soul to happiness.

Creativity returns us to the innocence of our childhoods. And giving ourselves a break from the pressures of adult responsibility, we become lighter and increase our sense of humor as we delight in the pleasure of our amusements.

Put a smile on your heart; try something new. You'll be happy you did!


Cyndi Mariner

Breathing Spaces

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