This past year has been tough on people mentally and physically. It has been a challenge to stay sane in these uncertain times. But, the people who have done the best are the ones with hobbies. And not just any hobby, but the ones that are creative and make good use of your brain.
Having a creative outlet is a key to having a happy and healthy life. It doesn’t matter how talented or not you are as long as you can flex your creativity and be happy with your results.
If you don’t have a creative hobby yet, it is important to find one that works for you. For instance, you can get yourself one of the beginner machines from Brother and take up sewing. Or, get a simple artist’s kit and try finding a style or medium that you enjoy to make art.
In this article, we will go over the reasons that you should take up a creative hobby, but it’s up to you to find the one that gives you the most joy.
It relieves stress
When you have a way to be creative, it releases endorphins. Any creative hobby will take your mind off of your everyday problems, but something creative is even more effective because of the endorphins.
This is the perfect antidote to beating stress and keeping a calm state of mind. The reason being is that you are using a part of your brain that allows you to keep reality from creeping in. This doesn’t mean that your creativity is sealing you off from the world, but it does offer a sort of safe haven when you are feeling the burdens of your life.
It gives you permission to take a break
When you have a lot on your plate, it is easy to forget to make time for yourself. When you have a creative outlet, you at least feel that if you are crafting or creating art that it is not time that is being wasted. Not that you should feel guilty about doing nothing, but many people want to have something productive to do even when taking a break.
It keeps the mind sharp
As we age, the mind starts to miss a beat. Synapsis doesn’t happen as quickly as it should.
When you have a creative outlet, it works the parts of the brain that help you keep it sharp. Otherwise, we can face a higher risk of things like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The mind is like a muscle, and when you don’t use it or only use it for work, you risk losing it.
It helps you learn
There’s a reason that kids learn art and music when they are in school, and it isn’t to prepare them to be musicians or artists. Art unlocks a part of the mind that helps you learn.
When you are creative, you are more likely to learn another language or any other subject that interests you.
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