I also enjoy being creative when I am alone. I joined several art-related Facebook groups which inspire me with new ideas. I take photos as a spiritual practice. I sometimes add inspirational quotes to these photos. I am converting several old Ten Thousand Villages embroidered purses into prayer flags for my sun room. I enjoy my word-of-the-year journal with various types of artwork.
One friend recently sent me a link about the benefits of coloring mandalas for stress management. I've know for years that art helps switch my body's stress response into rest and digest mode. As an Occupational Therapist, I know that purposeful activities like artwork offer therapeutic benefits such as increased self awareness, higher self esteem and release of past trauma. I love making art!
Here are some creative ideas for you to consider:
- Take a ceramics or calligraphy class at a local art studio. Making "mistakes" is part of the creative process and may lead to something better.
- Spend time coloring with a child. It builds the relationship and releases your need to have museum quality work.
- Download some mandalas to color as a spiritual practice. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings.
- Make a collage with a "bucket list" of things you would like to do before you die. Post it were you see it daily.
- Take a photo walk each day. Join me on Susannah Conway's April Love 2015 photo journey.
- Learn to make edible garnishes for your food. Savor the beauty of the food.
- Schedule an art date with a friend. Buy some art supplies. Check out resources online.
Go ahead. Be creative! What benefits do you notice?