As adults, we often get caught up in the responsibilities of life and forget to take time to explore our creativity. Whether it’s due to the pressure to be productive or a lack of time, we tend to focus on efficiency and results rather than exploration and experimentation. However, by allowing ourselves to embrace our creative sides and explore new things, we can find a sense of joy, fulfilment, and a different take on productivity in our lives.
For many of us, the play was something we enjoyed as children but lost touch with as we grew older. We became more focused on achieving tangible outcomes, and playtime became something that was seen as frivolous or unnecessary. But the truth is, play is an essential part of who we are as human beings. It allows us to express ourselves, explore new ideas, and connect with others in meaningful ways.
Our culture often values productivity over rest, achievement over enjoyment, and output over input. But the truth is, being productive all the time is not only impossible but also unhealthy and counterproductive. Rest, play, and creativity are just as important for our well-being and success as work, deadlines, and goals. So don’t be afraid to slow down, enjoy the journey, and savour the moments that matter.
As a ceramist, I’ve found that working with clay is not only an enjoyable experience but also has mental health benefits. Clay allows me to create without any pressure to produce a specific outcome. I can switch between different techniques, such as slip casting, moulding, and hand building, to keep things fresh and exciting. This allows me to explore new ideas and push myself outside of my comfort zone.
But creativity and play aren’t just for artists and creatives. It’s something that can benefit anyone who takes the time to explore and nurture it. Here are some examples of how to rediscover your creativity in everyday life:
Start with something simple: Creativity doesn’t have to be a big, daunting task. Start small by trying something simple like drawing, colouring, or even taking a different route to work. Small steps can lead to bigger ones.
Create something without judgement: Sometimes we are our own worst critics. Give yourself permission to create without judgement or pressure to be perfect. Allow yourself to make mistakes and learn from them. The act of creating is what matters, not the end result.
Try something new: Whether it’s trying new food, taking a dance class, or learning a new language, trying something new can ignite your creativity and give you a fresh perspective on the world. Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and explore new things.
Spend time in nature: Nature has a way of inspiring creativity and calming the mind. Take a walk, hike, or simply sit outside and let yourself be inspired by the beauty around you. Use the natural world to fuel your imagination and creativity.
Collaborate with others: Creativity can be a social experience too. Collaborate with others on a project or activity to gain new insights and perspectives. You’ll be amazed at how the ideas of others can spark your own creativity.
Journaling: Writing can be a powerful tool for exploring your thoughts and ideas. Use journaling as a way to express yourself, reflect on your experiences, and explore your creative side.
Mindfulness meditation: Practicing mindfulness meditation can help you tap into your creativity and bring a sense of calm to your life. By focusing on the present moment, you can let go of worries and fears and open up to new possibilities.
Make time for play: Play is essential for creativity. It allows us to let go of expectations and just enjoy the process of creating. Whether it’s playing with clay, painting, or building with Legos, make time for play and see where it takes you.
Cooking: Cooking is a creative process that allows you to experiment with different ingredients and flavours. Try new recipes or experiment with your own ideas to discover new and delicious creations.
As you can see, there are countless ways to explore your creativity and try new things. The key is to give yourself permission to play and make mistakes. By leaving behind the pressure to be productive all the time, you can tap into your creativity and discover a world of new possibilities. And as someone who works with ceramics, I can attest that creativity and exploration have been vital to my success and mental well-being.
Incorporating creativity into your daily routine doesn’t have to take up a lot of time or money. Even just 15 minutes a day spent doing something creative can have a positive impact on your mental health and well-being. It can be as simple as picking up a pen and doodling in a notebook or trying a new recipe in the kitchen. The most important thing is to give yourself permission to explore and create without judgement or expectation. By doing so, you’ll discover new facets of yourself and tap into a source of joy and fulfilment that can enhance every aspect of your life.
By embracing your creativity, trying new things, and leaving the pressure to be productive all the time behind, you can rediscover the joy and fulfilment that comes with exploring the world around you. So go ahead, give yourself permission to play and see where your creativity takes you!
If you’re looking to explore your creativity further, why not join one of my ceramics workshops? Click here to learn more and sign up.