Updated: Feb 19
The short answer is YES it can! Great news, creativity can be calming, it has been scientifically proven. So why don't more people know about this and how much it can change your life for the better if you spend more time doing it? We don't all like arts and crafts. I love them all myself but there is such a broad spectrum of ways to get creative today, that you are bound to find something you love. Anything that makes you feel 'in flow' and lose all track of time when you do it really. 'Have I really been doing this for 2 hours, it only felt like 5 minutes had gone past'? Some ideas include writing a novel to computer programming, parchment, needle, wool, cross-stitch crafts, experimenting with inventing your own recipes, inventing new games. Crosswords, Suduko, home decor design. All the obvious ones like baking, painting, drawing and colouring. You get the idea. If you find yourself unable to get creative in your everyday life, you will feel like there is something missing, even if you can't quite put your finger on what that is. That is all well and good I hear you cry, but I don't have time for all that. Have a think. Have you ever doodled while on the phone call or webinar or during a boring meeting? This simple act may be just enough to get you through to the end of an otherwise dull call or lecture. It is your brains way of telling you that it needs a creative escape. We are at our most creative when we have reduced levels of a brain neurotransmitter norepinephrine according to research. Although it is not completely understood yet, it is thought that this may improve our brain's communication between otherwise disparate pathways allowing the formation of new ideas and connections easier.
As well as getting creative. Colour also has a profound influence on us whether we realise it or not. Have you ever wondered why different colours evoke different emotions for different people? It also varies depending on age, gender, where you live and cultural differences. There is a whole science behind the influence of colour in our lives.
For more details and some interesting facts about Colour Psychology visit https://www.onlinepsychologydegree.info/psychology-color/
For more on colour means visit https://www.color-meanings.com/
For a more spiritual take on it visit https://www.color-meanings.com/spiritual-colors-the-difference-between-auras-and-chakras/
Taking the healing benefits of creativity and fun of exploring colours and putting them together, I have something fun planned. All you need is a willingness to get creative, in your own way, try one new thing and see if it works for you. It is all trial and error for us all. If you can introduce creative activities into your day, a small realistic change into your current routine, one at a time, it is cumulative and it will help calm your nervous system over time.
NEW this month! It is something I have done for my own self-care for years now but never really thought about actively sharing what I know, outside of the various classes and different groups I have belonged too. Join me for some Calm Colouring with a difference via zoom. See facebook events for more details of the next available workshop.
Bring something to colour, an old envelop or card (you will have to wait and see what this is for, print a page from My FREE 30 page ebook or something else you already have to colour. Use pens, pencils, crayons, paints, alcohol markers, felt tip pens. It doesn't matter. Just join in with me for some calm fun. Use it to feel connected, chat and enjoy the company of others, all be it virtually or join screen and sound off, happy to do your own thing among other like-minded people it is up to you. I will be showing you a couple of things at the start but other than that, it is your chance to take an hour off to create and colour to your heart's content.
To get these new workshops off to a good start I have put together a 30-page Calm Colouring e-book for you to enjoy. So even if you don't have your own adult colouring book or a child's one you can 'borrow' you will have something you can use during the workshop. You will have 25 colouring sheets to choose from to get you inspired. Can't make this workshop date? That is OK, I am really keen that all those that wish to give this a try can, so I have made the decision to make this e-book available to all FREE of charge. Click this link to get your copy of Calm Colouring. You will be signed up to receive my newsletters, event dates and special offers but you can of course cancel at any time. All that is left to do now, is to pick your favourite page, print it, decide what you would like to colour it in with and you are all set for my next workshop. Can't wait? Then feel free to colour away on your own and send me a picture of what you have done and tell all of your friends!
If you really enjoy it and would like to support me in making more free resources like this one, then donations are most welcome at this time. 10% of all donations received will go to MIND.org.uk. Thank you!
More workshops are available.
Facial Reflexology to aid Menopausal symptoms. (Available to buy online)
Sleep Visualisation and Reflexology Movement Meditation Workshop. (By request)
February Fun - 'Calm Colouring' FREE. (Book here) NEW Mindset Series of workshops!
March Manage - (Insert what you wish to manage here). The first Mastering Mindset Reset Workshop will be on 'How to Relax despite all the Stress'.
April Action - 'Anxiety Taming'.
If you need support or would like to book on to a workshop, get in touch. For now, Happy Colouring!
Shelley Mason MAR
Reflexologist and NLP Practitioner