Mindfulness is a buzz word which is thrown about all the time. But what is it and how can we use it in our day to day life? Sitting doing 10 minutes meditation may not be suited to everyone but there are other ways which you can incorporate some mindfulness into your life. Recently, the way I’ve been practicing it is through art and being creative. Reeves recently sent me a box of goodies to help me unleash my creativity and I’ve had so much fun getting back into art and drawing.
What is creative mindfulness?
Mindfulness is all about being aware of ourselves and paying attention to our emotions and thoughts without passing judgement. I also think that it means different things to different people. I use mindfulness as a way to manage my anxiety; it makes me feel calmer and also helps me sleep a lot better.
Mindfulness doesn’t have to be sitting and meditating though. My new favourite way is through creative mindfulness. For me, this means spending time sat doing something creative without distraction. Whether it’s painting, drawing, colouring, journaling – there are so many different ways to be creative. I find it so much easier to practice mindfulness this way as I’m being active and there’s an end product! Plus it’s really fun and it’s helped my mental health loads.
But, I’m not creative? How can I practice creative mindfulness?
First things first, everyone has the ability to be creative. I’ll be the first to hold my hands up and say I’m not the most talented but it doesn’t actually matter! There are so many different ways to be creative and it’s important to try all of them to find what’s best for you!
If you’re at a complete loss, Reeves have some amazing art guides to help give you some ideas. One of my favourites at the moment is the up cycling of plant pots using acrylic paints (something I’m actually going to try this weekend so keep your eyes peeled on my instagram!).
If you’re wanting to try creative mindfulness but the idea of a blank page kind of terrifies you, using colouring books is a great idea. My favourite at the moment is Traveller’s Tales Colour By Number, it’s perfect for keeping with you and is a great way to practice mindfulness.
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