The Importance of having a Creative Outlet

Do you have a creative outlet?

You may not know this but having a creative outlet is extremely important for our mental and emotional wellbeing. Whether it's sports, writing, painting, listening to/playing music or singing; all of these activities and many more can provide an excellent outlet for us to express ourselves. Funnily enough, the very reason I started this blog was to have a creative outlet to express myself.

It's so easy to get bogged down in "life's" little problems that we forget how important it is to have something that we can put our energy into. 

I've always been a big fan of listening to music. I'm very open minded when it comes to music so I'll listen to just about anything that makes me feel good regardless of the style or genre. But there was a time about 18 months ago that I actually stopped listening to music because I was so "busy". I don't know exactly how long it was for but I reckon it must have been for at least a month. Anyway, during this time I began to notice myself getting more serious and matter of fact about things and I couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. Then I eventually realised that I hadn't been listening to music.

I think the reason this happened was because of the fact that listening to music activates the creative right side of our brain, which is also the side that enables us to feel positive emotions. When I stopped listening to music I stopped stimulating that side of my brain and therefore became more "logical" and analytically minded. As soon as I figured this out I vowed I'd listen to music every single day from then on, and now I do. 

First thing in the morning I get up and put on some nice relaxing chill out music while I'm having my breakfast. It really is a great way to start the day because it's puts you into that relaxed and creative state which then sets your mood and attitude for the rest of the day. Try it for yourself and see.

Anyway, the point I want to make is to start becoming aware of what activities you like doing that allow you to express your creativity. Listening to music is a creative activity because even though you're not doing anything physically, you are doing something mentally. 

When we listen to music we remember and we imagine. And if it's a song that we love, that's even better!! Think of how great it is that a song can just shift our mood up a notch in a matter of seconds, it's a great way to cheer ourselves up if we're feeling down. So having a creative outlet is crucial to sustaining positive mental health and we should all make a point of using this to our advantage. 

Something worth knowing don't you think?.....