My greatest gift was giving myself permission to explore my creativity. I've tried in drawing, print making, crochet and sewing. I love the meditative and revealing nature of creativity. Creative pursuits can be a soothing remedy for anyone suffering from anxiety and/or depression.
Creativity has positive side effects. For example, I use my sewing skills to help the environment by making reusable shopping bags and quilts for sick children, using bright colours and designs to bring joy to the recipient.
The creative act of writing and journaling is also healing. It can unlock hidden beliefs and becomes a great record of our journey and progress.
Creativity isn't just about paints and pencils. It's expressed in a beautiful meal, creating a garden, or repainting an old pot and growing flowers. It can be as simple or complex as you like.
For perfectionists, pursuing their creative passions, in spite of the critics, is one way to achieve freedom from old, negative thoughts and to start living an authentic life.
I write about creativity and especially the blocks we encounter like perfectionism on my blog here.
Helping others helped me improve my health. Despite feeling unwell, by doing something achievable, like writing a blog to help others on a similar journey, I stopped focussing on myself and realised I could still achieve something useful and contribute to others.
Having worked in communications, as a counsellor and in pastoral care, I've learnt that there are times when we need support with life's challenges.
To this end, I write blogs and features on how to find wisdom and opportunities for growth in difficult situations. Challenges can help us learn new skills like resilience. When we're better armed, we can face our future with skills that help us move forward.
If you are struggling right now, seek the help of an experienced counsellor. I also encourage journal writing because it can help us discover our own wisdom and answers.
Meditation, Contemplative Prayer, mindfulness, time in nature and engaging in creative pursuits are also healing and calming, especially for anyone suffering with anxiety and depression.
I share more of my own experiences with various techniques on my blog here.