Not expressing your creativity may cost you plenty. Are you willing to pay the price?
Some of the negative side effects of not expressing yourself may be:
The not so serious
- Increased boredom
- Increased frustration
- Lowered self-esteem
- Lowered self-confidence
- Lowered productivity
- Feeling stuck
- Feeling unfulfillled
- Poorer problem-solving skills
- Poorer academic results
The more serious
- Increased risk of depression
- Increased stress
- Increased anxiety
- Reduced feeling of identity
- Reduced feeling of meaning
You may not have heard, but self-expression is one of the human needs. Some scientists have placed it above identity and freedom. The link between creativity and improved mental and physical health is well established by research. A study by psychologist Gene Cohen showed that people who became and stay involved in art saw huge improvements in their physical health. Other research also shows that expressing yourself in a creative way increases the function of your immune system.
So why is creative expression often the first thing you sacrifice when life gets busy?
Why not let go of something else, that isn’t essential to your and your loved ones’ well-being?
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