Going it alone.
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life it’s easy for our mental and emotional health to take a back seat. Most of us get sidetracked by errands, jobs, duties, children, cooking; the list goes on. Add in the stress of a chronic illness and life can get pretty tricky. Creative activities impact the body in a way similar to meditation. It’s like yoga for your brain. It is something you can do on your own or with other people to just relieve stress and discover yourself in new ways. Community centres, private organisations and local colleges offer workshops in all types of creative crafts such as drawing and painting, pottery, floristry, music, photography, design, and the performing arts. If you have a chronic illness there may be funding available to help with the cost and if you’re unsure why not start with a small friendly group, such as a book club, or local project your GP or local library should have details of those that are on your doorstep.
You don’t even need to produce something in order to de-stress. Simply observing creativity or a cultural event decreases psychological stress. Attending a concert, visiting a museum or exhibition, going to the theatre can allow you to bask in the creativity of others while reaping their meditative benefits. It can improve your mood, relieve stress and cultivate your social life. It’s truly a beautiful thing when you’re sharing art in an open, friendly, loving environment with other people that are on the same wavelength.