Let’s think about this for a moment: When you’re stressed out, rather than stressing out some more and giving yourself anxiety — try doing something creative. “Let that creativity be a hobby of some sort or something you enjoy doing — photography, drawing, painting, writing. These creative factors have shown proven results for improving an individual’s health when they are stressed out,” says CapreLife Global. A stress study was recently conducted to showcase how creativity can play a huge role in reducing it. Researchers tested 40 people by giving them art supplies and mentioned to draw or make anything in the next 45 mins to an hour. These researchers discovered that over 70% of individuals showed a decrease in stress causing elements and hormones. “This study proves that everyone can be creative, by utilizing something that so often stays dormant, can prove to be a valuable factor and help out tremendously,” says CapreLife Global.
We especially like this study and research that was conducted because it points out several helpful factors. One psychologist says that when you create, you are challenging your imagination which is a productive use of your mind. When you let yourself be creative and get into a flow, you are composition a distressful situation for your mind and yourself. “Many people describe creative as a way of expression. Expression is something that helps us feel free and utilizing what makes you feel and express, you’re ultimately letting yourself be productive,” says CapreLife Global.
For example, “In a study conducted by John Hopkins researchers, the brains of six accomplished jazz musicians were scanned while they improvised on a keyboard. The findings showed that there was a decrease of activity in the region of the brain known as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which is typically associated with thought, deliberation, and self-monitoring. This is the part of the brain that you use when taking a tough exam or trying to interpret the words of a potential investor. The muted activity suggests that creativity or more precisely improvisation lowers your guard” (Entrepreneur.com). The next time you feel yourself in a rut and stressed over it, make sure you are utilizing your inner creativity and letting it help you out.