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For some people, creative activities can help them work through mental health struggles or unresolved trauma. Activities such as painting, drawing, writing, or making music can create an emotional outlet for challenging feelings and situations. Boosting your creativity can positively impact many different areas of your life. Here are a few different ways you can work to increase your creativity.

#1. Push Through Fear of Failure

Often people shy away from creative endeavors for fear of not being good at the activity or being judged negatively. Push through those feelings of possible failure and try new activities anyway. Beauty is subjective, and the creative work you produce does not need to fit stereotypical expectations. Focus on your own growth, not what other people think of your creative output.

#2. Silence Your Inner Critic

Your inner critic may have a habit of telling you that you are not good enough, that you can not do certain things, or that you are unworthy of learning new activities. Learning to silence your inner critic can be a powerful tool.

#3. Collaborate With Others

Working with other people can help you boost your creativity and think outside of the box. Everyone excels at different endeavors and at different times. Spend time with people who gravitate towards different activities than you normally do. You can not only learn from them but also collaborate and create something unique.

#4. Try New Things

It can be easy to stick with activities you know and are comfortable with. Stepping outside of your comfort zone can be scary and even overwhelming for some people. Remember that growth can be an amazing experience and that trying new activities can lead to great discoveries.

If you fear trying new things, know that you are not alone. Many people fear this also. Work with a mental health professional to better understand your fears and the best skills and tools to help you overcome those obstacles.

Creative activities can help you to work through challenging emotions or unresolved traumas. Everyone can be affected differently by exploring their creativity. Boosting your creativity can be difficult, however. Try to silence your inner critic and step outside of your comfort zone. Work to overcome your fear of failure and connect with others who help inspire you to try new things. Here at The Guest House, we are trained to help you better understand your struggles and create goals. Call us today to learn more about how we can support you at (855) 483-7800.