I know what you were thinking as soon as you read the title of this post.
Ha, yeah. I barely have time to shower let alone do anything creative with my time.
I hear that and I so relate. However, I also know that there’s a creative side to you that comes alive when you get to do your art. Right? Whether it’s writing, photography, knitting, creating culinary masterpieces, or even just coloring in a coloring book for adults, I know how much that time means to you.
So why don’t you do it?
I know you’re busy. Sure, things are crazy. You have a million unfinished projects. Trust me, I know all too well that the list of reasons why you’re putting yourself last goes on and on, but here’s the deal:
Did you know that setting aside time to nurture your creative side will actually help you become a better person, and therefore mom, overall?
First, Being Creative Reduces Stress Levels:
Neuroscientists agree that just the simple act of viewing art activates parts of the brain that help us process our emotions and that our built-in reward systems are being engaged. By allowing yourself time to be creative, you’re actually making your causing your brain begin processing all of the things that are stressing you out in a very healthy way.
Second, Being Creative Increases Your Energy Level and General Happiness:
When you express yourself, you release a thought or emotion that was otherwise being held in. As we all know, holding things in is a very unhealthy practice. That release is so important for our mental health and that leads to increased levels of energy and overall happiness!
Third, Being Creative Boosts Your Productivity in Other Areas of Life:
Daily tasks, especially as a mom, can begin to feel grueling and it’s difficult not to feel constantly drained. But when you’re creative, you’re not only breaking the monotonous daily cycle, but you’re also able to gain a sense of satisfaction for accomplishing something out of the ordinary. Sometimes that’s the sense of momentum you need to boost productivity in other areas of your life.
Still not convinced that you should take the time for yourself to be creative? How about this one:
Finally, Giving Yourself Time to Be Creative is Good for YOUR KIDS:
I know as mothers we love our babies so much and give of our time and energy sacrificially, but if the personal benefits of allowing yourself the time to be creative isn’t enough for you, maybe the benefit for your kids will be the motivation you need.
By taking time to do something for yourself (especially something that is personally meaningful), you’re demonstrating for your kids the invaluable skill of self care. Having something that is important to you shows your kids that you have your own identity (other than Mommy) and that you value it.
They’ll see that and not only begin to see that you’re a real person, but as they age they’ll always remember the way you made time to do something that kept your proverbial cup full. That way when they’re adults, hopefully they’ll do the same. Perhaps you’ll even give them the strength and encouragement to find the courage to pursue their own dreams.
Hopefully, the ripple effect of pursuing your creative passions will be felt for generations to come.
So you want time to be creative, but how?
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