Why getting Creative is good for your Brain Health

Creativity Boosts Brain Health

When it comes to boosting your brain health, one of the easiest ways of doing this is by getting creative. This needn’t be design led work or immersing yourself in meditation, it can be as simple as drawing, crocheting, playing music or cooking.

Creativity – in whatever form –  is powerful, it goes beyond just making you happy and connected to a new experience, it’s also great for brain health, today and for tomorrow. Writing helps people manage their negative emotions in a productive way, and painting or drawing helps people express trauma or experiences that they find too difficult to put in to words. A number of studies have shown positive results.

It’s also an effective treatment for patients with dementia and creativity reduces anxiety, depression and stress. Studies have shown that creative engagement can reduce depression and isolation and can also help people with dementia to tap back in to their personalities and sharpen their senses.

For the music lovers amongst us, did you know that studies show that people who play instruments have better connectivity between their left and right brains? The left brain is responsible for our motor functions, while the right brain focuses on melodies. And when the two hemispheres of your brain communicate with each other, your cognitive function improves.

The average person has about 60,000 thoughts in a day and a simple creative act like gardening or cooking can help focus the mind and keep us centred.It has even been compared to meditation due to its calming effects on the brain and body. Getting creative releases dopamine which is as we know, is a natural anti-depressant.

We’ve been reading a new book by author Susie Pearl. In ’The Art of Creativity’ Susie shares insight into how to boost your creativity. A small and mighty read, there are tips on boosting your brain wave states and tips, tools and life hacks to help boost your creativity. You’ll begin to find that creativity is at the heart of all that we do – whether you recognise it or not. Everything starts with an idea, whether you’re launching a new product, decorating your bathroom or planning a little holiday, it all begins with our thoughts.

Grab a pencil and start writing or sketching, get your green fingers on in your garden or with a window box, book tickets to that art exhibition or plan that weekend break.

Listen to some music, learn a new cooking skill or pick up an instrument. Whatever you decide to do, it’s time to start getting creative.

Keep Well

Dr Clara Russell