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Creativity can be an amazing and powerful force. It can help to broaden horizons, open minds, and connect people. However, people can struggle with their creativity for many reasons.

If you are struggling with mental health issues or addiction, you may find creative activities to be a great addition to your existing treatment plan. Everyone can be creative. Here are a few simple reasons you may be unknowingly killing your creative potential.

#1. Lack of Confidence 

Many people shy away from creative activities because they do not consider themselves an artist. A lack of confidence can easily stifle growth and have a negative impact on relationships. Try to remember that your creativity is unique and beautiful and that you do not need to fill any preset molds.

#2. Discomfort With Uncertainty 

Some people find themselves struggling in uncertain situations or relationships. Maintaining control can be important for many individuals. Try to remember that it is okay to relax and simply let your creativity flow. Often, creative activities can help people express emotions that they struggle to say verbally.

#3. Comparing Yourself With Others 

Something that often kills creativity is comparing yourself to others. You do not need to consider yourself an artist in order for creative activities to be beneficial to your recovery. Nor do you have to create anything specific. Work on focusing on yourself. Remember that everyone is unique and that you are on your own path.

#4. Fear of Failure

Fear of failure can impact every area of life, especially when it comes to trying new activities. Work on finding the root of this struggle. Mental health issues can often be complex. Work with a mental health professional to help you conquer your struggles and achieve your goals.

# 5. Self-Judgment 

When you try out new activities, try to leave the judgment behind. Give yourself full permission to create artwork without judging yourself.

Creativity can be a fantastic tool. Creative activities can be beneficial additions to therapy plans. When we deal with intense and challenging emotions, it can be challenging to find the right words to express what we are feeling. Here at The Guest House, we have extensive experience helping individuals use creativity as part of their treatment. We are ready to help you work towards recovery in a safe and supportive environment. We will help you discover what activities are most beneficial to you and your recovery. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about our treatment options.