Creativity and the Connection with Internal Well-Being

Creativity and the Connection with Internal Well-Being

As a new blogger, I found myself having an issue thinking of content to write about and post to the public. Until now, most, if not all of my writing has been of academic nature full of citations and references.

The first time that I wrote this, I actually accidentally erased the entire page. So now I am asking you, the reader, to bare with me on my new writing skills or lack thereof.

Recently over this past week, I have been helping to teach graduate students what is known in art therapy land as the “Expressive Therapies Continuum” or the ETC.

While the ETC may be a newly established and a somewhat complex framework that is utilized within art therapy, I have noticed that there is a component that is relative and applicable to us all. This component being creativity.

When we think of creativity in modern culture, it often seems to be attributed more to a life path of a specific person. We can think of the creative spirit within our friend group or family that maybe pursued the arts within their career or life style. However, what we often don’t conceptualize is that creativity is a part of our human nature that is relative to how we perceive the world.

That is to say that, when we are able to imply logic and perception to the sensory information that we take in, as well as emotions, we than achieve a synchronicity that results in creativity.

While art is not the only way to harness creativity, it can be understood as a major benefit or output that helps us to achieve it.

Whether you consider yourself to be artistic, or creative, or neither, it is usually pretty easy to think back to a time when you were a child and you enjoyed creating artwork. It could have been scribbling, stick figures, or maybe finger paint.

However, there tends to come a time in every young persons life, when we are either told, or decide if we are good at something, and we make a choice to pursue it. When working with clients this is often a common construct that I think of.

There are countless instances when I hear the words “I suck at art”.

However after some encouragement in knowing that no one is going to be judging what the piece looks like or the quality, the client is able to eventually ease into the creative process.

When we utilize creativity in our everyday lives, we are able to draw new conclusions about issues that may seem impossible at the time. When we utilize creativity, we are able to implement skills to better regulate our emotions.

In a time where we are often occupied 24/7 either by technology or other demands, it makes sense to get in touch with our own processes and thoughts in order to find some sort of clarity.

Marlaina Jaques

Counsellor and Art Therapist. Providing services in Northern British Columbia. If you or someone one you know needs help, please reach out.

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