"Purposeful hand use enhances well-being in a technologically saturated culture
Research has shown that creating or tending things by hand enhances mental health and makes us happy." Dr. Kelly Lambert
Creative ways to heal.
For several months now, I've been intentionally playing around with the concept of 'creative healing.' as laid out in the book, The Creativity Cure, by the amazing husband and wife team, Carrie Barron and Alton Barron. They lavishly dish out a clear case that creative endeavors can increase one's sense of wellbeing. Anything from gardening to woodworking - even stir frying can work. The authors eloquently weave their combined expertise into a theory. There are restorative properties in the simple act of committing to a plan of creative action.. To be specific, they reason that committing to a focused sizable project that has a measurable scope with of a beginning and an ending promises the greatest emotional benefits. I decided to test the theory. No, to be more forthright, I needed to test the theory!
Big pain. Big Project.
As a natural-born creative, I'd always intuitively known that creating something made me feel happier.. But recently, while wrestling with some sadness from a painful family situation, I decided to put The Creativity Cure theory to the test. I knew I needed a big focused project.Because I had some big pain.
A plan of action.
An old bedroom from one of my grown kids had become a kind of default catch-all room without much beauty or intention to design. I'd haphazardly added a sofa and a chair to fill up the space but that was the extent of it. Blah was the best way to describe it! I decided to create a visual focus by making a wall mural. I loosely sketched out some ideas. I knew I wanted flowers! They always lift my spirit. And I knew I wanted to pull out the grays and yellows of the pieces of furniture to try to make the room have a more cohesive look. So I dove in.
Up and over turbulent waters
The Creativity Cure's theory that states there's power in committing to a project that involves a course of time proved spot-on true for me. The wall mural project took about two weeks - working on it a few hours each day. It gave my mind a place of solace. It gave my emotions time to settle. It's as if it carried me up and over the turbulent waters and gently set me down again on a more peaceful shore.
My wall mural project!
(Sorry! The photos aren't the greatest. I was a little too focused and just grabbed my willing-but-not-too-great-of-a-photo-taker-hubby!)