Did you know that being creative is beneficial for your mind? Being creative in any way – by writing, gardening, woodworking, sewing, playing or listening to music, or participating in dramatic readings – can greatly impact the mind’s ability to think clearly.
Here are five ways that being creative has proven to be a positive impact on your brain:
- Creativity relieves stress. Have you ever lost track of time while participating in a creative project? This is a sign that your brain is reducing your stress. According to the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH), you don’t have to produce anything in order to get these stress-reduction benefits; even simply observing creativity, such as attending a concert or theater production, will allow you to reap these benefits. So, don’t “stress out” about perfection; allow yourself to get lost in the process.
- Creativity increases and renews brain function. A CNN report found that being creative enhances neurological growth by promoting the production of new neurons. Researchers found that people who adopted a hobby or creative interest after midlife were 45 percent less likely to develop cognitive decline, such as dementias.
- Creativity may help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Public Library of Science, being creative improves connections between parts of the brain that are not connected to critical thinking (such as those engaged by doing Sudoku). Being creative also exercises the medial temporal lobes, which are responsible for retaining memory.
- Creativity boosts mood. Have you ever been to the symphony and left feeling mentally stimulated? AJPH research shows that creative outlets can help provide control over emotional pain and depression, providing an opportunity for self-expression and reflection.
- Creativity can help cultivate your social life. Having a shared creative passion is a great way to grow your social network. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health reports that older people who are socially active experience a slower rate of memory loss than those who isolate themselves. Research also indicates that being socially connected decreases depression.
Being creative with friends promotes happiness! Please review our monthly activity calendar, and join fellow residents and staff in enjoying the many creative experiences happening right here at Acacia Creek.
— Carolee Rodrigo, Lifestyles Manager