Overcoming Mental Health Issues With Creativity
Nov. 20, 2020
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It’s important you know I’m not a therapist. I’m writing this from the point of view of someone who has studied creativity and dealt with horrible anxiety and extreme depression.
One of the coolest things I discovered about how creativity helps in life, which happened as a result of extreme depression, is how you can overcome mental health issues with creativity. This was an important discovery for me because it was the first thing I realized before diving deeper and it started me down the path I’m on now; to inspire others to unleash their creativity.
How does creativity — digging into your creative mind — help overcome mental health issues?
Creativity helps you think differently about situations and issues in life as I talk about in my blog entry “How Creativity Helps With Mental Health” (linked at bottom of page). But it’s not that easy, and even when you do rid yourself of negative thoughts, feelings, and emotions, they can always return when triggered.
The truth is you can’t really overcome mental health issues to a point of mastery, because we’re not robots. What you can do is learn what helps you deal with depression better, and one of the skills that helps is creativity. That’s why shifting your attention to what or who connect with makes sense; It helps you find inspiration and unleash your creativity.
It makes even more sense if you think about it because a lot of people going through mental health issues go searching for answers. Seeking connections that will inspire ideas to make changes starting now and helping overtime, which is creativity.
The reason a lot of people don’t think about creativity helping this way or don’t they’re creative minded, which is subject for another blog post, is because creativity is linked with original ideas and A LOT of ideas come what we see or hear.
BUT…you take ideas in existence and turn them into your own, and that’s why it’s creativity. You are using what you are inspired by and generating an original idea FOR YOU.
That’s why attention and connection are important to unleashing creativity. Those two elements combined help you find what’s needed to think about situations and issues better to help get through them.
The next time you anxiety coming on, or something depressing you, I encourage you to think about getting creative. If you give attention to what or who might be great to connect with to inspire you, you might surprised how it makes it easier to overcome mental health issues.