Expressing your creativity could benefit your health and career

New research has suggested that millennials could be approaching a ‘creativity crisis’.

A survey from art app Bloom found that almost three quarters of those surveyed regretted not going for a more creative career.

It also discovered that 64 per cent of respondents felt they were failing to live up to their creative potential, with that number rising to 71 per cent amongst 18-34 year old’s. According to the survey, 85 per cent of those surveyed felt that working on something creative alleviated stress and made them feel more relaxed.

Further research from Bloom found that 59 per cent of women have done something creative to help them deal with a challenging situation or event in their lifetime. The research suggests that a career or hobbies without a creative element could have a negative effect on our mental health and wellbeing.

Speaking to Female First, psychologist Honey Langcaster-James discussed the benefits of creativity:

“Taking some time out to be creative simply for creativity’s sake can lead to greater productivity in your work, even if you’re not in a typically creative field.

This is because it can help you maintain cognitive clarity and optimal wellbeing which help you in all aspects of your life,” says Langcaster-James.

Clinical neuropsychologist Dr Priyanka Pradhan added:

“Humans need to be taken out of regular patterns of behaviour or a comfort zone so that we have the opportunity to learn new skills.”

“This then gives us a sense of accomplishment and mastery which boosts confidence and resilience.”

Asides from psychological benefits, other reasons have surfaced to spend more time working on your creative skills.

Jobs that involve creativity are the ones least likely to disappear to automation, according to a recent publication called ‘Developing Creative Education after Brexit: A Plan for Economic Growth‘.

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