Creativity Boosts Mental Health and Lowers Stress

Recent studies are finding that creativity can boost our mental health and lower our stress and it’s a great thing to add to our self care routine.

Remember that feeling when you were a child drawing with sidewalk chalk? 

Or how about the first time your mom put a scribbly crayon picture up on the fridge? 

There was something so magical about the act of creating. In fact, all people are born with creativity in their bones…literally! Art is in our DNA. Thousands of years ago, nomadic humans drew on cave walls and carved intricate sculptures out of mud and stone. Being creative was once a means to express ourselves, tell stories, and understand the world around us. 

But somewhere along the way, we lost this connection to creativity. And since then, most of us have simply not been the same. Believe it or not, over 40 million adults in the U.S. suffer from an anxiety disorder. And according to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five people live with a mental illness. 

With the overwhelming challenges of daily life, no wonder millions of folks feel crushed by stress. 

Where on earth are we supposed to find the time and energy to be creative? 

Here at Blacknot, our goal is to rekindle that doused flame. We design downloadable projects which are a tool to help bring order to your thoughts and beauty to your home. They also help with stress management, self care, and relaxation. 

Ready to find out how? 

Let’s dive in. 

What Counts as Being “Creative?” 

Unless you are an artist, hearing the word “creative” might make your palms sweat. After all, creative people are painters, musicians, and authors only, right? 

Wrong, my friends! 

Creativity involves all sorts of things, including (but not limited to) the following: 

  • Drawing 
  • Doodling 
  • Coloring 
  • Photography 
  • Baking 
  • Cooking 

  • Sewing / Knitting 
  • Acting 
  • Singing 
  • Journaling 
  • Storytelling 
  • Puzzles 
  • Beading 
  • Home design 
  • Gardening 
  • And so much more 

Essentially, if you are making something novel and useful, then congratulations! You are officially a creative individual. 

The Scientific Scoop on Why Creativity is So Powerful 

The human brain is fascinating. 

Nowadays, 21st century psychologists have mapped out the correlation between creativity and mental health and well-being. What they discovered is this: the more creative you are, the less negative, depressed, anxious, and stressed you’re likely to feel. When given the opportunity to express themselves with creative outlets, participants in multiple research studies cited feeling more positive each day. 

Rather than dwelling on worry and misery, creative people reported optimistic thoughts, plus a sense of joy and happiness. 

From a neurological perspective, the brain is able to slowww down. When we create, we become less critical of ourselves (and others) while also enjoying the powerful hit of pleasure chemicals, like dopamine and serotonin. 

The end result? 

A happier, less stressed version of YOU. 

All thanks to a few minutes of creativity! 

Short on Time? Blacknot Has You Covered 

Of course, there are a lot of barriers to creativity. For example, time. With jobs, social commitments, and family obligations to take care of, it can be tricky to find spare time to release your inner artist. Same goes with money. Art supplies aren’t cheap. 

Luckily, Blacknot makes working creativity into your routine a breeze. 

Projects can be downloaded with the click of a button. Everything is self-paced. It’s accessible, affordable, and we’ve got something for everyone. 

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