Here’s how a daily creative practice can support your wellbeing

Some thoughts on approaching your creative practice as an act of care and restoration

art as therapy with a daily creative practice

On this episode of the Art with Soul podcast, we talk about art as therapy, about how we can use a simple daily creative practice as an act of restoration and care. I share an expressive arts exercise from my own creative practice, plus many suggestions for creative practices that you can adapt, adopt, or tweak to suit your own preferences.

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It’s no secret that the last couple of years have been difficult on many of us. And while we have found ways to cope and continue on with our lives, many within the artist community are feeling drained, tapped out, and devoid of inspiration.

A simple, daily creative practice can sustain us through these — and indeed most — difficult times. This isn’t creativity to produce a masterwork or to be productive, but creativity as an act of care and restoration.

Tune in as I talk about:

  • Creativity as a container for big emotions
  • Ideas for daily creative practice
  • An expressive arts exercise to work through your emotions
  • An expressive arts exercise to invite in gentleness and healing

and much more!

“I’m talking about a daily creativity practice as an act of care and restoration. Of creating a container where you can express your frustration and whisper prayers for peace and healing and compassion and whatever else your tender heart needs.

It doesn’t even have to be an elaborate practice. Just some simple creativity for 10 minutes a day — that’s all.

Maybe 10 minutes when you allow yourself to express yourself with some paint, or by making angry and raw expressive marks on the page, or trying to find some calm by doodling or zentangling.

None of this needs to be pretty. None of it needs to be finished. It’s just a container to hold all of your emotions — the raw, messy, ugly ones and the search for hope and peace and calm.”

Resources mentioned on this episode of the Art with Soul podcast

Episode 18: An expressive arts process for dealing with overwhelm: On this episode, I share a simple expressive arts process to deal with intense emotions.

And here’s the video I mentioned on the podcast – the painting that I did for peace and grounding around the start of 2020.

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