January 28, 2018


Do you harbour a secret desire to spend more time on a creative pursuit or to learn a new skill?

In this week’s BORN AT DAWN LIFE, we’re focusing on why being creative is good for wellbeing and could improve your career, taking inspiration from Australian magazine Mama Disrupt’s article ‘6 Simple Ways to Lead a More Creative Life’. 

Being arty is often considered an indulgence left behind in our school days or beyond our capacity; skill and time-wise. Adult life is crowded with responsibility so carving out time for self-expression can be tricky. As Picasso said “Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.” 

Yet Mama Disrupt argues that creativity isn’t just about appreciating fine art or being an amazing dancer. It’s about how you view and interpret the world. Shunning your iPhone and finding a side project like gardening or knitting can reduce stress, renew brain function and expand your social life.

Psychologist Honey Langcaster-James explains being creative also helps ‘maintain cognitive clarity and optimal wellbeing’. Learning new skills and adjusting your regular pattern may restore confidence and improve productivity. Combined, the result could be a career boost.

There are some simple, inexpensive ways to add creativity to your life including:

  • See the world from a different perspective- Short for time? Take photos on the way to the park with the kids. Write a letter to someone you love. Swap your normal music for a different genre.
  • Embrace your inner child- Try an activity you loved when you were young; make a collage (see Hattie Stewart for inspiration) or mess about with paints or doodle.
  • Meet creative people- Use Instagram to find a network of creatives. Tap into local events and create new friendships.

Having a side project could make new things happen. Being creative isn’t necessarily about making something incredible, it’s about self-expression and ‘you-time’. As Mama Disrupt says, life is the ultimate creative adventure.

What creative pursuits are you keen to try? Or do you already have a hobby or side project? And if you do, how do you make sure you fit it into your busy schedule? We would love to hear…


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