I’m sure you’ll agree that finding inner peace in the world we are living in can often seem like an elusive goal. However we all often try different things to get there.
One powerful tool that can help us navigate through life's challenges and promote mental well-being is, creativity. Engaging in creative activities not only sparks our imagination and brings joy, but it also has a profound effect on our mental health.
Several studies have explored the relationship between creativity and mental well-being, providing evidence to support the notion that immersing ourselves in creative activities can have a positive impact on our inner peace. Let’s take a look at some few notable research findings that support this theory, and how one can apply it to day-to-day life:
Expressive Writing: Research conducted by psychologist James W. Pennebaker suggests that expressive writing, such as journaling, can have a significant impact on emotional well-being. It has been found to reduce stress, improve mood, and promote self-reflection, ultimately contributing to a greater sense of inner peace.
Art Therapy: Numerous studies have investigated the efficacy of art therapy in promoting mental health. A meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association concluded that art therapy interventions had positive effects on various psychological outcomes, including reduced anxiety and enhanced self-esteem.
Mindfulness and Creativity: Research has demonstrated a strong connection between mindfulness and creativity. Several studies have found that mindfulness practices, such as meditation and deep breathing, can enhance creative thinking, increase problem-solving abilities, and contribute to overall well-being. By engaging in creative activities mindfully, individuals can tap into these synergistic effects that allow them to live a more fulfilled and peaceful life.
- Positive Emotions: Positive psychology research suggests that engaging in activities that bring us joy and positive emotions - for example enjoyable creative pursuits, can have a profound impact on our well-being. Positive emotions have been linked to increased resilience, improved mental health, and a greater sense of inner peace.
While we practice these, it is essential to remember that individual experiences may vary. The key is to find creative activities that resonate with you personally and integrate them into your routine mindfully.
At Twillo, we like to bring a little bit of creative mindfulness into our everyday routines. To sum up, here are a few tips and suggestions from our team on how you can do the same in your life:
Neha says: Practice daily journaling to explore your thoughts and emotions. Do a little bit everyday; maybe first thing in the morning or just before bed. This will foster a feeling of self awareness and lead to a deeper sense of inner peace.
Rupambika says: Set aside dedicated time for creative activities, such as painting, writing, or playing a musical instrument everyday. Allow yourself to immerse in the present moment completely and experience the joy of creation wholeheartedly.
Vineeta says: Engage in collaborative creative projects or join a creative community to share ideas, gain inspiration, and foster a sense of connection. I love dancing and look forward to weekly meet-ups with my dance community - it gives me something to look forward to and also fills me up with an immense amount of pure energy and joy.