The often neglected fitness component

 

Do you find you can make time for your work, your partner, your children, friends, ageing parents, neighbours, even cleaning but have no energy left for you?  Are you starting to resent everyone around you and feel that life is just passing you by? I felt like this. If you are feeling like this as well it could be you are not working on your emotional, spiritual and mental fitness. One way to get your energy and zest for life back is to get creative.

Getting creative can improve emotional, spiritual and mental fitness 

Research has shown that engaging in creative activities regularly can improve brain function, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and increase happiness.  People who rediscovered their creativity found they felt more engaged in their work or career, their relationships with family and friends were more meaningful and exciting and their day to day life felt more inspiring.   So how do you rediscover your creative self?

Rediscovering your creative self

I worked on my creativity by committing to doing weekly outings or play dates on my own. This idea came from a book called the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. One of her tools for rediscovering your creative self is to do a weekly artists date Here are some tips to help get you started on your own artists date.

Tips to get emotionally, spiritually and mentally fitter.

 

 

 

Make a list of activities that appeal to you – this is the creative bit.  They need to be challenging but fun, something that you haven’t done before or that takes you out of your comfort zone because they feel a little scary or frivolous.  It does not have to involve painting and drawing – although it can be if that inspires you. Once you get started it is amazing how the ideas keep flowing.

 

 

 

Make time in your diary every week for your chosen activity and schedule it in – this is important. If you don’t you are more likely to find an excuse not to do it.   It does not have to be the same activity every week.

 

 

 

The activity needs to be for at least one hour a week – can be more but it shouldn’t feel overwhelming.

 

 

 

Do this alone (no spouse, partner, children, friends, neighbours) –  however, if one of your choices is a group activity like a writing or foreign language class that is fine as long as you are not meeting friends there.

Here are a few artists days I’ve done:

  • Bobbi Brown make over in John Lewis.  I would never have done this in the past, couldn’t give myself permission to be so frivolous.   I even treated myself to a new lipstick.
  • Walking from A to B but trying a different route to my usual one, and making an effort to look at my surroundings – I usually rush everywhere and never bother to take in what is going on around me.
  • Cooking something I’d never cooked using an ingredient I hadn’t tried before.
  • Yoga – I chose Iyengar rather than just a general yoga flow class.  This was completely new to me, different words for different positions and hard.
  • Relaxing in a bath with a blend of essential oils that I’ve never used before – part of this was also going out and buying the oils.
  • Having a meal in a restaurant on my own – scary, kept imagining that the other people were feeling sorry for me .  They probably didn’t even notice me.

Give it a go, be creative, feel more energised and get your zest for life back.

By the way if you are really struggling to find time for your emotional, spiritual and mental fitness, give me a call and we can have a chat about how you can bring the zest back into your life.  You can book a call here.

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Loliya Harrison is a registered nutritional therapist, personal trainer and pilates teacher from London. She helps menopausal/perimenopausal women reclaim their confidence, feel amazing in their clothes and enjoy their life more.

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