Here's something to be happy about. New study reveals even just a small amount of creative activity improves your wellbeing....
We've known this for quite a while in M.Y.O as see it in the studio every night as guests and companies get creative with us. But, even singing, playing an instrument or doing any sort of creative thing is worthwile, it doesn't just have to be arts and crafts. Everyone is creative, you just need an outlet. The particularly good news is that it's all about the taking part and doesn't matter about skill level, but is particularly beneficial if done with others.
Some key quotes from the article below.
According to research commissioned by BBC Arts, even the briefest time spent on a creative pastime such as painting, pottery or playing the piano has an impact on our wellbeing and emotions.
The research shows there are three main ways we use creativity as coping mechanisms to control our emotions:
- A distraction tool - using creativity to avoid stress.
- A contemplation tool – using creativity to give us the mind space to reassess problems in our lives and make plans.
- A means of self-development to face challenges by building up self-esteem and confidence.
Trying new creative activities is particularly good for our emotions and wellbeing. The research found that getting hands-on with something new and creative is important regardless of skill level - it is the taking part that counts.
This really feels like a validation of what we're trying to do at M.Y.O - provide a creative outlet to the world, so everyone can avail of it's benefits, have fun, make things and relax.