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Mental Health is Creativity

What role does creativity play when it comes to developing and maintaining mental health? Does it hav
Mental Health is Creativity
What role does creativity play when it comes to developing and maintaining mental health?
Does it have any role at all?
I think it does.
Below, I’ll break down my current thinking–and how it can benefit you in your own life.

My Approach to Creativity
I feel alive when I create.
To make something out of nothing is, I think, what humans are supposed to do. It’s what our ancestors did. It’s what got us to this point. It’s what we’ll continue to move us forward.
People think you need to be a certain way to be creative–that you have to have the right genes or upbringing.
I don’t think so. I think all people are natural creators.
You create when you decide what to eat, when you do your daily tasks, and when you plan for what you’d like to accomplish in your life.
Something out of nothing. That’s the mark of creativity. And we all do it.
The Creativity / Mental Heath Connection
But what does creativity have to do with mental health? A lot more than people give it credit.
Again, I’ll draw from my own experience. It has been during my darkest times when I’ve been least creative–or failed to create at all. And it’s been during my brightest days that I have been most creative.
Now, are these states correlated, or did one cause the other?
That’s hard to determine.
All I know is that I’m happier when I carve out time in my week to create. This newsletter is a daily creation. At first, it was difficult to start the daily habit, but I now I feel a part of me is missing if I don’t type words onto the screen and hit “Send.”
It's Your Turn to Create
Do you consider yourself a creative type?
If you don’t, I encourage to consider that you actually are. We all are. We all have something within us that we can put forth and share with the world.
That being said, it can feel daunting to even get started.
Where do you even begin? You just begin.
I know, that sounds simplistic. It sounds like I don’t get your current situation, that I don’t understand what you’re currently going through. I don’t.
But I know this. We all must begin. We are always beginning. Nothing stays the same. Everything is always in flux–our identities, our relationships, our physical environments. Everything. You might consider life in a perpetual state of degradation. Or you can consider life as an eternal opportunity to create.
Perspective matters.
And you can create whatever perspective you want.
What do you think? I’d love to know your thoughts on this. Hit reply and let me know. Or share on Twitter and let the whole world know!

As always, thank you for being here,
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