CREATIVE HOBBIES AND HOW THEY CAN IMPROVE YOUR WELL-BEING 9
In these daring times , living in the gloomy days of COVID 19 lock-downs, facing the loss of dear ones, the insecurity of our future, the hopeless inability to express ourselves in our old ways... how do we find a way out? How do we find ways to look forward to tomorrow, to relax, to smile, to live?
Rock art by Christine Onward. More details are here
Here are a few things I wanted to write to you about today:
Getting involved in an artistic hobby for two hours a week improves your mental well-being
A study published in 2016 involving 700 participants living in Australia showed that engaging in artistic hobbies for over 100 hours a year will significantly improve your mental health and well-being.
This means that only two hours a week of taking part in a creative activity will enhance you mental well-being and general health.
Painted rocks of Old Bar, Australia. Simple ideas for everyone.
Everyday creativity improves your mood
An article in the Journal of Positive Psychology, 2016, explains that spending time on creative activities will boost your mood, increasing joy, interest, and alertness and reducing negative moods such as anger, anxiety or fear.
What to take from this? - Daily creativity is the best source to create joy, fulfillment and happiness in our life.
My favourite creative activity: rock painting. More details about these rocks here
Engaging in a hobby means you dedicate yourself to something that brings you joy, meaning, and purpose
But what is the best hobby to suit you?
Your hobby might be either physical (take up a sporting activity), to help others (volunteer activities) or just being creative.
How do you choose between all the options? Here are some ideas:
- try a new activity each week. When the right choice comes your way, you will not want to engage in a new activity the next week.
-visit a craft or hardware store
-research locally for options
-check out educational courses
Preserving natural beauty: painted rock by Christine Onward
I recently found myself quite excited about buying a cruise bike. I picked a small and girly one ( I call her Lola!) , to take me to places in Old Bar I never get to see otherwise. Riding along the beach on little roads with almost no-one passing by is heaven! Fresh air, sound of waves whilst dreaming of Cuba, or Italy, or France; Well, that's my best way to end the day.
"Lola" checking out on some of the most beautiful lookouts in Old Bar
But the hobby that keeps me going is my love for rocks and my love for the sea.
The beautiful rocks of Old Bar, with amazing shapes and smooth surfaces often make me choose simple designs, figurative shapes, and monochrome designs.
I want to preserve the natural beauty and energy of my rocks.
I want them to share the beauty and strength of the swirls and the wind that shaped them for thousands and thousands of years, what made them become what they are today: rocks of magic.
Preserving natural beauty: painted rocks by Christine Onward
If you feel driven towards rock painting, do start by making friends with your own rocks. Let the shape of the rocks tell you what they want to become, what they want to inspire and who they want to be with.
The rock you paint can change someone's life. It's up to you to what degree and for how long it does it.
Happy rocking :) ,
Preserving natural beauty: painted rock by Christine Onward for sale here