Posted on Mar 25, 2020 in Senior Activities
While aging can be challenging in many ways, there’s no need for that to stop you from finding new ways to express creativity even if your life is changing radically.
In today’s climate of instant gratification, it’s all too easy to consume information all day long. Why not restore some balance and start creating more?
Expressing your creativity brings about a shower of benefits
So far so good, but how can you go about expressing your creativity?
We’ll walk you through 5 broad areas right now so you can use these as a springboard for inspiration.
Do you find yourself reminiscing more as you advance in age? If so, why not harness some of those memories and get them down on paper?
Finding it hard to get started?
Grab a journal instead as a way to start expressing your creativity by detailing your days. Creative writing has been linked with many health benefits from enhanced mood and well-being to improved liver and lung functioning, as well as less time spent in the hospital.
An inbuilt advantage of journaling is that it gives you the opportunity to monitor your health and overall well-being on an ongoing basis. This can be helpful if you’re trying to get to the bottom of any health problems with your doctor.
Once you’ve established a rhythm of writing regularly, you might feel ready to pivot into other forms of writing. If so, we’ll give you some ideas for that before we wrap up.
Next, though, why not consider enrolling in a new class?
A great way to start those creative juices flowing is to enroll in a class.
Stuck for ideas? Why not consider some of the following:
Whether you choose to harness an existing interest or to take up something completely new, use the above as a springboard and double down on finding the right class for you.
Mindfulness meditation can bring about many benefits from alleviating anxiety and insomnia to helping reduce inflammation in your body by triggering a drop in cortisol levels.
As well as bringing about manifold health benefits, meditating in this way can also help you to conjure up new ideas. The more relaxed you are and the more you free your mind of clutter, the more readily you’ll come up with new ideas.
With mindfulness meditation, you establish concentration then allow your thoughts, emotions, and bodily processes to unfold without judgment. As you allow these unfiltered ideas to flow, maybe within them is the seed of an idea of the novel you’ve always wanted to write. Give it a try and see where your mind takes you.
You can express yourself creatively through music from singing along to your favorite songs or learning how to play an instrument.
Not only is music intrinsically creative, you’ll also find it can promote creativity. From dredging up forgotten memories – music can be intensively evocative – to helping encourage a certain mood, lose yourself in music and see what happens.
Now, we mentioned writing earlier as this is one of the most common ways to express your creativity. How about if your skills and ambition extend beyond a simple journal?
Well, you have diverse options with a publishing landscape that is much more open than last century.
Why not think about starting a blog?
From sharing your life experiences to reproducing your favorite recipes, imagination is your only limitation.
The inbuilt advantage here is that you can learn another new creative skill in the form of building a simple website. Using WordPress, it’s perfectly possible to build a basic website even if you don’t have the strongest tech skills.
If that idea doesn’t appeal, why not consider writing a novel? If that seems intimidating, start with some short stories or some incidents from your life. You can now self-publish your work with relative ease so this project could easily end up between hard covers. Give it a shot!
Bonus Tip: Coincide writing your memoir with NaNoWriMo, a month-long accountability program with the goal of producing a book-length project in the month of November.
We hope you’ve found today’s look at how to express your creativity in your golden years beneficial, while providing some food for thought.
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