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Benefits of Being Creative

Benefits of Being Creative - Ilona Toth Creative

I could talk all freaking day about creativity and what I like about being a creative person but did you know there are some real-life benefits to boosting your creativity? In fact, there have actually been studies done that show arts and creativity can improve your health. Here’s one published in the American Journal of Public Health.

For anyone who doesn’t consider themselves creative, this might seem a little unfair because how in the world are you supposed to get the benefits of being creative if you aren’t creative? Well, there are some simple ways to live a creative life even if you don’t consider yourself creative. Anyone can reap the benefits of being creative.

Being Creative Leads to a Happier You

I think this is one of the most important benefits of being creative. You can process through emotions, positive or negative, which helps you know yourself better so you can find what makes you happy and let go of what doesn’t.

It’s personal story time so I hope you’re ready.

When I was in college, I was not in a good place mentally. I started out fine but once I was a couple years in, things went south real quick. Some things happened where I felt betrayed by friends that I had opened up to and I was not emotionally equipped to handle it. I entered an extremely dark place and I ended up dropping out and moving back home which did not help the matter.

 That's me on the left when I was in college with one of my good friends at an OU basketball game. #boomersooner

That's me on the left when I was in college with one of my good friends at an OU basketball game. #boomersooner

My home life was less than ideal. I barely got along with my family. I never left my room. I felt isolated. I pretty much worked and then came home. I was miserable.

Fast forward a couple years, I got a new job, one that paid a lot more so I could move out into my own apartment. I was happier, but I still was not satisfied. Fast forward a little bit more when I discovered some beautiful embroidery Etsy shops. I thought to myself, “Why not?” and I opened up my own shop.

Fast forward a little bit more, I was no longer making embroidery because I was Not Good at it but instead I decided to return to one of my original creative outlets: painting.

And Holy Cow did my world explode. My life changed once I picked the paintbrush back up. I felt like I found a part of myself that I didn’t know I had lost. You know in Sweeney Todd when he picks up his razor and proclaims “At last, my arm is complete again!” It was like that only without the vengeful murder and cannibalism.

 That's me when I took my first ever trip to NYC.

That's me when I took my first ever trip to NYC.

Anyway, back to my point, I found my creativity again and I found myself. Ever since I have been creating on a regular basis I have seen my skill improve, my moods have generally improved, I don’t let the little things bother me as much, and I’m just overall much happier. It’s all because my creativity has allowed me to get to know myself.

Being Creative Helps You Be More Opened Minded

By being creative, you are opening up new ways of thinking and developing the ability to see things in new ways. You are broadening your horizons which allows you to apply this openness to real life situations.

Have you ever gotten stuck on a problem at work or in school? Being creative can help with that. You aren’t bound to traditional ways of thinking so your problem-solving abilities can work much more efficiently.

Being Creative Can Actually Save You Money

Wait, what?! Yea, read that again, being creative can actually save you money.

It might seem counter-intuitive because depending on how you are expressing your creativity you’ll have to buy supplies, but if you are creating something then you’ll be less likely to subscribe to traditional consumerism which means less impulse buying!

Art Supplies - Ilona Toth Creative

Let’s add this up: the average price of a basic tube of acrylic paint is about $4, a pack of 5 16x20in canvas are $20 (but can usually be found on sale), and a basic set of paintbrushes are going to run you about $5.

So if you want to start painting, you can get started for about $30.

Now, let’s say instead of heading to Michaels, you head to Target. If you’re anything like me, Target is both your favorite and least favorite place. They have such a great selection of literally everything, and they often have great sales going on. Even with the sales, if I go in intending only to spend $20, I usually walk out spending at least twice that. Most of the time it’s not even stuff I need.

Now let’s compare: $30 for supplies for 5 paintings (the tubes of paint and brushes are longer term investments) vs. $40+ for impulse buys that I didn’t even need.

That may not seem like a huge difference but think about it this way: You’re spending $30 on supplies once. If you buy 5 canvases that’s 5 different paintings. Even if you only paint once a week instead of going to Target, that’s 5 different times you are saving money instead of impulse buying.

Here’s one more little thing to think about: You don’t even have to spend money to start being creative. Want to start writing? I’m sure you have a pen and paper. What about drawing? Get a pencil and paper. You’re ready to go.

So what do you think?

Those are just a few benefits of being creative. The rest you’ll have to find out for yourself when you tap into your creativity!

If you aren’t sure how to tap into your creativity you can check out these 10 ways to bust creative block or you can sign up for Boost Your Creativity, my free 7 day email course!

I’ve created 7 days worth of fun lessons that can help you boost your creativity. It comes complete with exclusive worksheets designed to get you out there and get your creative juices flowing. It’s perfect for beginners or anyone who just needs a little boost to their creativity.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get creative!