Creativity Hacks to Improve Your Mental wellness
You’ve been indoors for a couple of weeks, since the compulsory ‘stay home’ directive. The first two weeks were great- you finally got to spend quality time with your family. It felt like a quick break and you honestly couldn’t have been happier. But now you have questions; when will life return to normal? Will it ever be safe again? The questions can come at you fast and if you’re not careful you may find yourself drowning in uncertainty. To avoid this, read on to get few creativity “hacks” that might help focus your mind & keep you busy during this period.
The Science of it
In recent years, researchers have studied and proven the positive effects of creativity on mental health. These effects include elevated moods, anxiety alleviation, better brain function, improved immune health, and disease prevention. When we are being creative, we enter into a state called flow. When in flow, you temporarily forget the “outside world”, your heart rate slows down and your mind is focused and sharp. Aside from the direct benefits of being in flow, repetitive creative motion triggers the reward centers in our brains to release dopamine, the ‘feel good’ chemical. Dopamine acts as a natural anti-depressant, boosting your mood and motivating you to do more.