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When we intuitively create, we embrace vulnerability and begin moving closer to acceptance of our true selves. Acceptance is a huge part of living with epilepsy or chronic illness. Acceptance of our diagnosis, acceptance that we may never be cured, acceptance of our circumstances, acceptance that it’s up to us to make our lives better in small ways to contribute to our overall quality of life.
Art has been proven to be beneficial for healing. You don’t have to have to be a creative person to be able to reap the benefits of creative exercises that may contribute to your healing. I’m going to share five ways you can easily begin incorporating creativity into your daily life.
Here are 5 EASY Creative Exercises – even for those that think they aren’t creative.
Simplified Continuous Line Drawing: A continuous line drawing is one in which the pencil is placed on the paper upon beginning a drawing and lifted off the paper only once at the drawing’s completion, in turn using one line to draw the entire drawing. Since these are EASY creative exercises, I want to simplify the drawing method a bit more. Draw a line going in different directions, filling the paper, without picking up your pen until finished. Look for shapes you can turn into objects such as fish, flowers, or any other object that comes to mind when you see a certain shape. After deciding which object you will morph the line into, be sure to fill in any details or add colors.
Word Art: Write a word out in large block letters. Fill in the large word with smaller words or drawings/doodles. For example, write the word “LOVE” is large block letters, and fill in with people, places and things you love in smaller letters. (If you have a partner or spouse, this would make a thoughtful gift – by filling in the word love by sharing some of your favorite memories or moments together.) You could also use the word “GOALS” and fill it with your goals for the month. Or, use your name, and fill it with some of your favorite things!
Patterns With Shapes: This exercise is also a nice meditation practice. Draw various shapes in different sizes, colors, and patterns. Repeat differently until the paper is full. The shapes you use do not have to be complex, but take your time and try to keep the pattern balanced. Try experimenting with different sizes and shapes. Do you prefer smaller or larger shapes? Circular or angular? Draw whatever shapes come to mind without overthinking the process. If you get stuck, start by drawing simple shapes, such as circles, triangles, or squares.
Free Draw: Draw whatever comes to mind letting intuition be your guide. If you feel you are a creative person, this will probably the easiest exercise of all, because you may already have ideas you want to bring to life via pencil and paper. If you don’t feel you are a creative person and are in need of some inspiration, Google or Pinterest are your best friend – just don’t get stuck endlessly scrolling in place of drawing.
Coloring: If you do not want to draw or craft but do want a creative outlet, try a coloring book. It’s an easy way to wind down without having the internal pressure of having to produce. If you enjoy coloring, be sure to pre-order your copy of my new coloring book “Woosah Warrior: Coloring Book + Journal Prompts for Chronic Illness Warriors” launching in November – Just in time for Epilepsy Awareness Month! Only available via pre-order here.
Another great creative outlet that many people enjoy is playing an instrument or singing. YouTube is an easy go-to resource to learn new scales and songs if you’re looking for a challenge. If you are looking for a more laid back approach and just want to play intuitively, put on a metronome and start playing, or sing along to the instrumental version of your favorite song. Or if you’re more of a composer, write a song! The possibilities are endless.
However you want to incorporate creativity into your daily life, choose the avenue that works best for your skill level and abilities. With tons of options, literally, anyone can create interesting works of art! Just ask these guys…