As mentioned in my last post, we all have a reserve of resilience to protect us against stress, anxiety and depression. This reserve is constantly being drained and replenished, but when the rate of draining exceeds the rate of replenishment we are at risk of succumbing to our negative thoughts of our inner critic. It is vital that we find ways of replenishing our resilience, and one of the best ways is to be creative.
Creativity gives us a time where we are not thinking of the stresses of work and life in general. This time is for us and us alone, a time when we can lose ourselves in the process of creating whatever we wish.
Creativity teaches us that we are allowed to do things for ourselves. The end result is not important, but the process and the time spent is.
Creativity teaches us that we do not have to create a perfect result every time. We learn what works and what does not and that we are allowed to make mistakes, learn from them and leave them behind as we continue on our journey.
Creativity teaches us that it does not matter what other people thinks of our efforts. The pleasure, satisfaction and enjoyment that we derive from them reward us with a sense of fulfilment which in turn helps to build our reserves of resilience.
Creativity teaches us that if someone else enjoys the results we produce we get a buzz of satisfaction that boosts confidence and self-worth.
The lessons that creativity teaches us can be applied to all aspects of our lives. We can learn;
That by becoming absorbed in the task at hand we learn what is important to succeed in the activity.
That it is fine to make mistakes and to learn what works better.
That we will never please others all the time, but we must not be put off in our efforts.
That when our work is appreciated, we need to accept this appreciation and take it to our hearts.
When we learn these lessons and apply their teachings, we learn what works and what does not, our self-confidence improves and so too our self-esteem and self-worth and we build our resilience reserves, and so are less susceptible to listening to the voice of our inner critic. In fact, we can silence our inner critic in the face of the evidence of our achievements.
Please find an outlet for your creative side, which we all have, and reap the rewards it will bring for your wellbeing and, indeed, to the wellbeing of those around you.
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