When was the last time your kids were screaming, the dinner was burning, your phone wouldn’t stop ringing and at that very moment, you had an epiphany that would change your life? When is the last time you had a quiet moment while lying in bed or taking a hot bath or on a hike by yourself with nothing but clean air? It’s during this time that you were likely able to foster those creative ideas and life-changing epiphanies.
Simply put your creative nature does not manifest during times of stress. However, being creative does help to reduce stress. By reducing the stress you’re better equipped to handle the daily events that are thrown at you.
A study done at Harvard business school reveals that when people were feeling more positive they were more likely to be creative. Professor Teresa Amabile summarized the study in the following, “people are more likely to come up with a creative idea or solve a complex problem in a new way on those days, weeks, months when they were having the most positive effect”.
Stress destroys your capacity to be creative predominantly through its ability to distract you. If you’re worried about being late for work or constantly stressed about your children your mental energy is depleted and in turn so is your ability to develop good ideas.
But focusing on a positive and creative process you are able to clear the mind to decrease your level of stress and obtain a higher capacity to deal with your daily obstacles.
Painting (or drawing) can decrease your stress level while creating a beautiful work of art and who knows, you might even have a life-changing epiphany. Let’s get your first painting started!