As women age and hormones decline they can become more stress reactive, and this is in ‘normal’ times! I think you agree this does not feel ‘normal’.
Stress, worry, overwhelm and feeling disconnected are common feeling with women I speak to daily. These emotional triggers can impact health, work, relationships, and especially with those you care about most.
There doesn’t seem to be an end and living a ‘new normal’ is touted as the way forward.
How to cope, adapt and be in a joyful place can be elusive. While you cannot control what’s going on in the outer world, you can foster resilience and enrich your inner life.
Resilience: the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens
You know you need to get restful sleep, eat well, exercise daily, and relax or meditate, and those habits are certainly useful in cultivating resilience.
But there’s another way you can cultivate resilience that’s often overlooked, which is to boost your creativity. Creativity unlocks inner resources for dealing with stress, solving problems, and enjoying life. When you are creative, you are resourceful, it helps you problem solve in new and original ways.
Creating art over the years has helped me process, adapt, develop initiative and resilience; through divorces, children leaving home, loss, illness, and provided a huge amount of pure joy.
The process of creating art can be a form of meditation when you dip into ‘the zone’ where the stresses of the everyday melt away. A beautiful rest for an over active mind, the act of focus, particularly on something joyful helps the mind become clear and calm and positive.
Making time for creativity is a form of self-care, helps build self-worth and builds a deep healing connection with yourself.
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It’s also a fun way for your inner child to play again.
(She can get a little lost and forgotten with taking care of others, careers, and the demands of the child rearing years).
It’s not necessary to consider yourself ‘artistic or creative’, as humans we have a genetic blueprint to create. This is not a time for self-condemnation or judgement.
5 Daily practices for developing resilience for stress relief:
Take care of you, set aside 20 minutes a day (in total), choose a practice that brings you closer to your ‘zen’. This is your time, to explore, observe, be curious, and fascinated. It’s your time, what will light you up and make your soul sing?
- Journal – art journal can be a great place to empty your mind of the words and pictures and make something beautiful.
- Draw, doodle or create your own mandala
- Colour a mandala – there are books for this!
- Join an art class and connect with like-minded buddies while you learn a new skill
- Even if creating art is not your desire, similar benefits have been found for simply viewing art. Some researchers have found that browsing through an art gallery, or having beautiful art in your home can help lower the body’s concentration of the stress hormone cortisol and increase that of the pleasure hormone dopamine.
Most of all, have fun.