Did you know that creativity is vital to our overall health and well-being? This particular area of our character is largely related to our second chakra, which is located in our pelvis (just below your belly button). This area is the center of feeling, emotion, pleasure, sensuality, intimacy and connection – pretty important stuff, if you ask me! When there’s a lack of creative expression, the energetic flow slows down, and we can experience stagnation in these other areas, as well, which might manifest as feelings of uncertainty, insecurity and detachment to fertility issues, mood swings, decreased sex drive and painful periods.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m overly worked or stressed, my creativity suffers big time! Everything else takes priority, right? Who has time to “play”, when we have to take care of our family, keep a business running, eat well, move our butts and manage all the little distractions that fill in the gaps of our day?
Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered. Here are four of my favorite ways to incorporate creativity into your daily health routine.
1. Give yourself permission to daydream.
I’m not talking ALL day, but when we’re bogged down with “to-do” lists, battling the onslaught of emails and trying to figure out how to fit in our next serving of vegetables, we can easily lose sight of what is driving and inspiring us in the first place. When we give ourselves permission to daydream, we stimulate the right half of our brain and start to ignite that creative flow.
It’s kind of like giving your muscles a day of rest after a good workout. Without the rest period, we don’t recover properly, restructure and become stronger.
By giving our minds a rest, through periodic daydreaming, or simply letting our minds wander, we’re able to allow our brain to not only process and retain information, but we enable it to make connections and allow ideas to surface that might not have been given the chance otherwise.
2. Practice saying “no” (or “no, thank you”)
This is a self-care tip that I first learned from the esteemed business lady Marie Forleo. She calls it, “riding the ‘no’ train” – I recommend buying a ticket (or two!) ASAP.
Most women I speak with have been raised in a people-pleasing society, and we’re made to feel bad or guilty or ashamed if we disagree with someone, don’t want to participate in something or simply just want to do something for ourselves.
I’m of the mind that you can’t say ‘yes’ to one thing without saying ‘no’ to another, so choose wisely.
3. Get your hands (and feet!) dirty.
This one might require a little movement, but it can be super quick and easy. All you have to do is kick off those sandals and simply walk in some grass, sand, dirt or water for a bit. You might have heard of this referred to as “earthing” or “grounding”. Studies have shown that doing this regularly can improve blood flow, heart rhythm, inflammation, cortisol levels, sleep, bring balance to our nervous system and reduce the effects of stress. It does this by restoring the electron transfer, or energetic transfer, from the earth to our body.
If this doesn’t sound intriguing, start small by creating a garden. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, but a simple mini-garden in your kitchen with your favorite herbs – think basil, oregano or spearmint. These particular ones are all super easy to grow, but get creative with your favorites. You’ll get your hands a little dirty and you’ll have delicious and nutritious herbal blasts to add to your next meal!
4. Take an online course.
One of the best ways to boost creativity is by learning a new skillset or being exposed to new information. It stimulates our brain and creates new neural pathways, which allows for new creative bridges to be made. There are many different offerings around, but since we’re talking about health, I want to let you know that I have a few online course offerings, and I’m planning to release several more over the next year.
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Here’s to your best self,
- Dr. Michelle