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What Neuroscience says we need to have a happy 🤩 and healthy brainLinks between Creativity and building resilience

By Karla Schlaepfer
Creativity, Resilience, Stress

Read on for tips for less stress

Here’s what neuroscience tells us about having a healthy happy brain*

Your brain loves novelty, variety, and, yes, consistency!

But how can these opposites translate into daily practice?

The routines keep it, and us healthy.

These are basics like getting plenty of sleep, exercising, and eating real food regularly.

But your brain does not like routines that cause boredom. So, what can you do when you’re feeling stuck? Dial up your positive energy activities when you are in a rut 🤔

Here are some suggestions to add some fun and excitement to your day!

  • 👉🏻Get your body moving with a fun activity.
  • 👉🏻Challenge yourself to learn something new and continue expanding your knowledge.
  • 👉🏻Remember to make time for enjoyment 🤗 in your daily routine.

This includes physical exercise – I like dancing 💃🏻 – not just cognitive pursuits.

Why not try out something creative? Whether you believe it or not: Everyone is creative. There is a clear connection between art, creativity, and unlocking resources for building resilience.

Here’s an example:

Artmaking takes us into alpha frequencies, otherwise known as flow states. These “flow” experiences quiet the critical analytical mind, induce feelings of calm, and reduce our feelings of stress. In doing so, they enhance our ability to access inspiration and gain new insights.

When we enter the flow states of complete absorption in a creative process, we open our awareness 👀to new perceptions and new perspectives. Creative expression has the power to heal emotions. When you take time out to create, you shift your field of attention into something generative and life-affirming.

There is an important connection between art, creativity and building resilience

Being creative can produce positive emotions 🤗 that can unlock inner resources for dealing with stress and uncertainty. You can use creative techniques to access your inner strengths. This inner fortitude is your authentic resilience amplifier.

Another useful technic is to reframe obstacles into opportunities (like we do in Design Thinking). Useful is to generate new ideas about any challenge you are facing.

Is it time for you uplevel your creative resilience skills?

Reach out to me for professional coaching support on how to build resilience by developing a creative, growth mindset.

Try out one of these tips and keep your brain healthy. It’s mental wellness month!

Karla Schlaepfer and the awesome 🚀 DesignChange team