Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Maintaining creativity

From Jessica Armstong via Pinterest
It is important to maintain your creativity when you have a busy life. Often, creative activities such as dancing, writing or art can go out of the window when you have the pressure of a difficult job and/or raising a family.

This is why I try my best to keep up to date with my blog and do a bit of other writing whenever I can. It can be hard. Sometimes, I feel so drained that all I feel like doing is resting. Whilst a bit of resting or meditation is good, it doesn't necessarily ignite your creative spirit, at least not for me.

A little creativity can go a long way towards restoring sanity and morale. Even if it's just picking up a pen and scribbling on some paper. You don't necessarily have to produce works of art.

Hopefully, the creative industry will flourish in the coming years. I recently read somewhere that creative organisations in Kirklees (the local council for where I live) were doing well, and Huddersfield where I live has quite a few creative organisations, which is good. If you know me at all well, you probably won't need me to tell you what I think of the pressurised, overworking cultures which far too many workplaces are guilty of, which completely stifle creativity and do their best to destroy the human spirit. Most of us know deep down that it's not right.

So I want to do as much as I can to maintain my creative focus. As some of you will know, I am going through some major challenges in the workplace, and I dearly hope that things change before too long. In the meantime, I need to do all I can to stay strong and stay focused. Maybe I will have a go at recording my own meditation, or doing some drawings just for the fun of it.

I think it's important to do as many creative things as you can. If you work full time, you won't be able to spend as much time doing them as you spend in your job - but just doing one thing every day, or even every other day, will make a big difference. Creativity is vital to the human spirit.

What can you do to be more in touch with your creative side?

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