benefits of creativity
Every day, thousands of people are using their hands again — not just to Google or take a selfie - but to make things. Ground-breaking new research by BBC Arts and University College London (UCL) recently revealed that a small amount of creativity can help you cope with modern life.
Trying new creative activities is particularly good for our emotions and wellbeing. The Great British Creativity Test found that getting hands-on with something new and creative is important regardless of skill level, it is the taking part that counts.
It highlighted 3 main ways creativity can help manage emotions and boost wellbeing:
1: a distraction tool
using creativity to avoid stress
2: a contemplation tool
using creativity to give us the mind space to
reassess problems and make plans
3. a means of self-development
to face challenges by building up self-esteem and confidence
"This study is the first to show the cognitive strategies the brain uses to regulate our emotions when we’re taking part in creative activities."
Dr Daisy Fancourt
Other benefits of arts & crafts include...
As the brain concentrates on the task at hand, and gives the body something to do, fostering agile thinking & helping develop problem-solving skills
Gain a new sense of freedom by venturing out of your comfort zone, expressing your inner creativity and emotions with no fear of right or wrong
Mastering a new skill over time provides a sense of achievement, boosts confidence & increases resilience and productivity.
Relieve stress and switch off with some much needed "me-time" that will boost your mood, become more present, & help you feel calm
Spend time on the task at hand and still your mind. Spend some time, free from distractions, to gather your thoughts and gain perspective.
Meet co-workers as you learn and share new experiences in transactional spaces that foster open-mindedness & collaboration