Health is Wealth: Get Creative

Health is Wealth is a wellness series focusing on the baby steps I took in order to better care for myself physically when I was feeling unstable mentally.  Click here for an intro to the series or read on... :)

Keeping busy is important to me, I want to fit the most things into every day possible and between sleep, work, chores, couple time, friend time, and me time it's not hard.  As I spun around and around the anxiety spiral, my me time wasn't productive, I didn't feel recharged and refreshed because I sat around feeling sorry for my self.  While I have no qualms with a good ol' fashioned pity party, it was beyond that; I was pouting or allowing my negative voice to talk circles, or worrying about things our of my control or even worse inventing things to fret over.  At some point, I decided to start using my time more wisely by being creative.    
  1. cre·a·tive  /krēˈātiv/
    Relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work: "creative writing".
    A person who is creative, esp. in a professional context.
    originative - original - constructive - productive

People often think of artists as creatives, which they are, but as the definition states, creativity involves imagination and original ideas, artists don't own the adjective. Imagination and original ideas keep your mind busy, which can be a welcome respite when in a negative place.   I happened to use my creativity by reworking old pants, diving into creating a better blog, trying out or creating new recipes, and taking classes to learn or further refine my skills.  Creativity doesn't have to be "art", it's just diving into something you love and pushing the boundaries of what you know.  Math and science is creative, solve some problems for fun.  Love taking selfies? Challenge yourself to take a completely different selfie every day for a month.  If you don't already have a passion, take some classes to figure it out!  This year I have taken a photography class, participated in a blog workshop and have an Excel class as well as a photoshop class scheduled in August.  

Added Bonus: Super Simple DiY project

clothes that you want to spruce up (I used old jeggings)
2" tape
paper grocery bags 
fabric spray paint 

1) Choose a pattern to tape, angular shapes are obviously the easiest with tape, but if you want to get super fancy, use an exacto knife to cut a design into cardstock and tape that down.

2) Cover nearby area to prevent over spray

3) Spray away, coating twice, allowing to dry in between.

4) Wash inside out.

5) Wear with pride!

I ran out of silver paint on the left leg, so I rolled with the punches and did a second coat of turquoise.  Also, my diamonds are off kilter, but I happen to find that charming, much to my Dad's chagrin, I subscribe to the rule of "eyeball it and hold your breath", while he is a "measure twice, cut once" type of guy; if you're the later, get out your tape measure.  :)


1 comment:

  1. Love this post! I to am an "artist" by definition. I am not a "fine artist" but there are more of us "creative" or "decorative" artists than the "fine" artists! Anyone that can "imagine" can "create"!