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The Healing Power Of Creativity ~ Health Benefits Of Creating In The Chronically Ill

August 10

The healing power of creativity can help chronic illness patients cope with physical pain, depression, and other co-morbid conditions.

I am a firm believer in the healing power of creativity. My earliest memory is of; sitting on a porch step, peering up at a 747 in the sky, looking down at piece of plastic in my hand, and realizing how that piece of plastic could be turned into a plane. Thinking creatively has always been second nature to me. It is simply the way my brain is wired.

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In the article, The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health”  by The American Journal Of Public Health, participating in the creation of visual arts had many positive and impacting benefits on the participants of their study:

The Healing Power Of Creativity ~ Health Benefits Of Creating In The Chronically Ill

  • Provided a distraction from the negative reality of chronic illness. Filled a occupational void.

  • Reduced stress and negative emotions

  • Improvement in anger, anxiety, depression, and overall stress symptoms

  • Improvement in ambulation (movement)

  • Improvement in self-esteem, word and listening recall, and problem solving

The Healing Power Of Creativity ~ Health Benefits Of Creating In The Chronically Ill

Human beings are creators. We are born with an innate ability to want to ‘make’, ‘shape’, and ‘form’ in order to express and share what is on the inside of us. It’s a gift we give to those around us. When you create something, you are saying, “Here is a small piece of what makes up ‘who’ I am. Here is something you can see/taste/touch/hear, and it came from inside of my mind, will, and emotions.”

No matter how small or great your abilities to create are, they are an invaluable tool in helping to cope with chronic illness.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Karen August 10 at 1:20 pm

    I agree with you. I found you from Way Wow. I never thought I was creative but now I realize how important find time to be creative helps me let go of my stress and just be.

    • Reply kristine August 10 at 7:03 pm

      Hi Karen! Creating is a great stress reliever! 😉

  • Reply Sharon Hutchinson August 10 at 3:08 pm

    I escape into my creative work-writing, making videos etc. and truly believe that is what helps me through both the physical and emotional pain. The act of immersing oneself in the creative process makes the rest of the world go away. My surroundings just disappear as my brain is thinking only of the act of bringing something new into the world.

    So glad you uploaded this. Thank you!

    • Reply kristine August 10 at 7:02 pm

      Your welcome Sharon! I find it carthartic as well 🙂

  • Reply Debbie August 10 at 10:13 pm

    Hi! I’ve been creative for as long as I can remember. I absolutely love it! Over the years, raising three children, I had opportunities to use this creativity quite often, as you can imagine! However, I don’t think I truly appreciated exactly how much joy and satisfaction spending time on creative projects brought to me until about five years ago. It was then that I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. As you also know, living with FM or any Chronic Pain/”Invisible Illness”, strips us of so much, including our identities. Making time to do any type of creative “work”/FUN♡, honestly, is what keeps me going! I am truly grateful for it and always amazed at the great sense of relief and pride it brings me! I strongly urge everybody, everywhere, to try your hand at it!
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply kristine August 11 at 6:23 am

      Thank you Debbie! So glad you have discovered the joy and necessity of creating for yourself. It definitely helps when having to deal with chronic illness! 🙂

  • Reply Nikki August 18 at 8:45 am

    This is so awesome. I have found that my whole life changed when I became chronically ill. As for most of us. But having the blog and making sure that I am being creative with what I do have, the abilities, has helped me immensely. I am more focused on doing what I can instead of mourning the things I can’t. My life is much less anxious and stressful since I adopted this stance, it took a while, and I think we all need to take the time to mourn the death of our old wishes and dreams, then start looking toward what we can do, and doing it as well as possible!
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    • Reply kristine August 19 at 9:12 am

      Very true Nikki. I would’nt have my blog, or met so many awesome people (like you! 😉 ). Grieving is an important part of the process, I agree. Then, when enough time has passed, it’s good to explore options and move forward in the ‘new reality’. Have a great one Nikki! ♥

  • Reply Kirstin August 26 at 5:20 am

    This is totally true!! Being creative is an amazing distraction from all the pain, depression, and symptoms we may be facing! I found my business Natur Bound and swear that without it I wouldn’t be here because it has forced me to continue to create and express myself!

    • Reply kristine August 26 at 8:43 am

      Exactly Kirstin! I’m always thankful I was made to have a natural bent towards creativity. It has helped me in more way than one! 🙂

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