Remember as a child how much you enjoyed playing? We could play for hours on end, with nothing but our imaginations used to fill our days. Why is it that play is only associated with childhood? Study after study suggests that continuing to express our creativity is an important part of staying healthy. In fact, research suggests that creative people are happier. What do you do to express your creativity? Do you have any hobbies? Is there something you are interested in but haven’t taken the time to explore?
We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old, because we stop playing.
— George Bernard Shaw.
Why not turn off the television and computer and set your smart phone aside for a little while? Close the books and magazines and get familiar with your creative side. Doing so might even help your waistline and pocketbook. Have you ever found yourself impulsively eating or shopping because of boredom? We’ve all been there. Control those urges by getting a hobby or learning a new form of art.
How often have we chosen not to do something because of the thought that we weren’t good enough? Being an explorer brings freedom by inviting in the messiness which in turn can help release us from our perfectionist notions. Expressing ourselves provides many benefits, bringing more fulfillment and balance to our lives.
Besides cooking and writing, I enjoy photography and design and I’ve become fond of using decoupage. It’s fairly easy and inexpensive to create some fun projects that you can hang in your home. I purchase small blocks of wood from the local craft store for around $1.00 each. After that, it’s a matter of printing your photos or design pieces and gluing them down.
Regardless of where your interests lie, try to carve out some time in your schedule and allow yourself some time for fun. Expressing yourself is an essential part of your sustained health and happiness.
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Tammy Batcha is a life-long resident of the Shenandoah Valley. A long-time commuter, she seeks to reconnect to her community. With a background of more than twenty years in publishing, she is founder of The Goodness and Grace Company. A board certified, health and wellness coach, she continues to study integrative nutritional theory while guiding others on a path to wellness.