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Tapping Your Creativity Can Make You Healthier

By Tom Herrin

We all have experiences as children that we tend to forget as adults.  Only on the occasion when we become reflective do we actually sit back and consider some of those things we may have enjoyed as a child.  We may dismiss those thoughts as memories of how we once played and developed our various interests.  There are those few individuals who continued their pursuits into adulthood with certain satisfaction, even if they did not have much financial gain from such undertakings.  One of those things we all probably did when we were young was to be creative.  It was usually fun then; now, we consider it as wasted time.  We shouldn’t be quite so hasty to judge.

Creativity May Help Us Overcome Illness

It is generally well known that when we develop and use creative abilities, we may relieve stress.  That is what the nature of hobbies are.  They are an opportunity to give our minds a break from daily worries.  Taking up more creative activities such as art, woodworking, sewing, and a variety of other pursuits, is believed to improve our immune system.  This is normally associated with stress reduction.  We will experience fewer instances of cancer, heart disease, and other such potentially devastating problems.   It is also believed to deter dementia, Parkinson’s, and those types of illnesses.

Stimulation Can be a Fountain of Youth for the Brain

Apparently, using creativity is like exercise for the brain.  When we use this kind of activity, our brain actually protects and/or increases neurons.  This is much like developing muscles by having a regular routine of activity.  When we want to increase strength, we can do so by engaging in things specific to that muscle.  These can result in improved overall wellness and be therapeutic.  

Where to Start is the Question

It is easy to say we need to be creative, but getting started may seem like an impossibility.  As soon as we decide we want to give it a try, we may seem to hit a brick wall for ideas.  Finding activities in which we use our hand-eye coordination can be a starting point.  I mentioned woodworking, art, and sewing, but you can do scrapbooking, writing, sculpting, refinishing, and on and on.  The main thing is to give something a try.  An increasing number of older people become engaged in creative undertakings and add quality to their lives.  It can work for you, too.  Give it a try and see if creativity can provide you with a feeling of greater fulfillment.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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