In my upcoming book, Your Turn: Ways to Celebrate Life Through Storytelling, I discuss how to use writing as a tool to heal and face emotional tragedy. But writing, of course, isn’t the only method for investing in one’s psychological well-being. The book outlines several strategies that people can use to improve their physical, emotional and mental health.
One of those strategies is engaging your creative side. Yes, everyone has their passions in life! For some people it’s playing a musical instrument, joining a sports team or fixing a broken computer. But too often, even well-grounded and successful people miss the benefits of fully embracing their creative side, and they suffer personally as a result.
I recently was inspired to write about creativity after I read this article about Dylan Lauren in Thrive Global, the founder of Dylan’s Candy Bar (and fashion icon Ralph Lauren’s daughter). The hint to her success is (maybe a surprise) not eating loads of sugar or candy (although that may sound fun to some of you readers). Lauren is a successful business leader because she takes time for herself and engages in her life’s passions.
Lauren has some lessons that we all can respect – do what fuels you, and your career, family and personal life will benefit. In this interview, Lauren discusses her love for meditation, reading, running and other tactics to manage her priorities – all of these help her ascension as an effective leader and human being.
In other words, she uses creative outlets, where she can relax and unwind, to live a healthy life.
In Your Turn, I also talk about my strategies to lead a healthy and effective life. For me, like Lauren, it’s all about finding those passions and continuing to pursue them. Here’s an excerpt from my new book about creativity:
“In my ongoing quest to find my own fulfilling creative pursuits, I have found that, besides writing books, other forms of creativity, such as sculpting, painting, cooking, exploring music, gardening, and attending concerts pique my inward desire to create. The bottom line is, whatever you love to do, do it” (pg. 100).
Now, I recognize that most of us are not children of fashion icons with significant resources at our disposal to explore our creative side. However, I would argue that every human being has the innate capacity to be unique and artistic. If you feel like you haven’t found your creative muse yet, as I discuss in Your Turn, take the time to identify and develop the creative side of your brain and find what works for you:
“I am convinced we are all artists in our hearts. We long to express ourselves and communicate what’s important to us. Finding other artistic outlets can help us discover gems of hope, serenity, and gratitude in the hardest of times, and help us celebrate all of life’s little triumphs and joys as well” (pg. 91).
What are your favorite creative passions, and how do you pursue them?
© Tyra Manning 2019