Creativity and Wellness

Getting back on track. Yes, it’s a process, not an event.  It is easy for me to get distracted with my creative pursuits. although I consider therapy and coaching art as well as science,  I do have other pursuits that are not related to my work at all. I hope that you do also. Something that you do that you are passionate about; something you already do or want to learn how to do.

I’m pretty far out of the loop, but I remember a time when nursing homes, substance abuse rehabs and other institutions had recreational therapists.  These activities kept residents busy, hopefully stimulated and could give them a sense of accomplishment. In the rehabs, addicts relearned or learned for the first time, how to use leisure time.

Many of us might laugh at the idea of leisure time. There is always something that needs to be done, somewhere to be, something to accomplish.  This is true to some degree. I wonder what happens when we allow ourselves some time everyday to be creative. Or maybe, just change how we look at some of our activities, seeing the creativity in them.  Taking pride the in the accomplishment, instead of just checking it off the to-do list.

So, what are you passionate about, or what would you like to be passionate about? Cooking? Reading? Writing? Pottery, woodworking or fiber art? Decorating or restoring? Try something new, and stimulate your brain. Refresh your skill doing something you haven’t done in a while. Continue doing what you have been doing all along and do it more often, and notice how much more energy you have, how much more patience, how much more enthusiasm you have for the more mundane tasks when you add some creative time into the schedule.

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