3 Reasons To Be Creative For No Reason At All

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GETTING CREATIVE


If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve been feeling a bit low over the last few days, which is why things have been a little quiet around here. If you know what I’m describing, then you’ll understand exactly what I mean when I say I didn’t feel like doing anything. Everything from walking the dog to showering felt like the most arduous of tasks. My dermatillomania flared up again, so my face was left looking and feeling irritated, and all in all, I felt terrible. As I said on Instagram, when you’re in that place, the things you least want to do are the things you need to do most, and sadly, nobody else can make you do them. It has to come from you. However, putting pressure on yourself doesn’t help anything, so low moments are a great time to indulge in the things that you otherwise wouldn’t. For example, how often do you make time to bake a cake? To read a book? Or to get creative for no reason at all? Let’s talk about that.


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IS THERE VALUE IN CREATIVITY?


In our society, we glorify busy. Time spent enjoying yourself seems like a waste of time which could be used to produce something. Particularly as bloggers and vloggers, we’re always thinking of the next thing. “Should I film this?” and “could I write a post about this?” regularly intrude upon my thoughts, to the extent that I often plan my time around my content. However, this means that I rarely practise my creative endeavours outside of a work situation, and I suppose this is the problem when a hobby becomes a source of income. Photography, videography, music and writing have become necessities rather than pleasures to some extent. Though I still love all of them, forcing my music, for example, has led to a point where I haven’t uploaded a music video in almost two months, and that is devastating to me. This week was the breaking point. After trying and failing to create videos day after day, I was at rock bottom. So I put away the camera, I closed my laptop, and I went outside with a sketchbook, a cheap pack of acrylic paints and a cup of tea. I painted in the sunshine uninterrupted for over an hour, and by the time I went inside, I felt like a different person. I learnt something which I had forgotten somewhere along the way, namely that there is so much value in practising creativity without a purpose. It was enlightening for me, so I wanted to share that experience with you today. Here are 3 reasons to be creative for no reason at all.


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Martha Jane Edwards wearing a white broderie bardot top with a frayed denim skirt, pom pom sandals and a pom pom straw bucket bag, accessorised with a tropical flower in the hair | marthajaneedwards.com
Martha Jane Edwards wearing a white broderie bardot top with a frayed denim skirt, pom pom sandals and a pom pom straw bucket bag, accessorised with a tropical flower in the hair | marthajaneedwards.com

TO HONE YOUR CRAFT


Imagine if a concert pianist only played the piano every time they had to perform? They wouldn’t be a concert pianist for long! Similarly, a photographer or a makeup artist needs to practise their skills outside of a job situation in order to become better at their crafts. Not only is it good for maintaining and improving your standard, but when you’re practising creativity without the pressure of deadlines or pay, you’re more willing to take risks and make mistakes, both of which are essential for creative growth. You might try something that you vow never to do again, but equally, you might discover a new method or technique which revolutionises the way you work. Either way, you’ve learnt something new, and that can only be a positive thing!


TO PRACTISE MINDFULNESS


The beauty with playing an instrument, painting a canvas or writing a poem is that for the time you’re doing it, you’re 100% engrossed in the task at hand. It’s extremely rare that we free ourselves from daily worries and allow ourselves to become completely absorbed in something. Even when we watch a film, our minds are still racing and going through the motions, so to allow yourself a portion of time which is completely devoted to being creative without an end goal or purpose is a great way to schedule mindfulness into your day. If you weren’t sure, mindfulness is essentially living and enjoying the present moment, and is considered an effective method for overcoming mental health problems. Practising creativity is an incredible way to be mindful without even thinking about it.

Martha Jane Edwards wearing a white broderie bardot top with a frayed denim skirt, pom pom sandals and a pom pom straw bucket bag, accessorised with a tropical flower in the hair | marthajaneedwards.com
Martha Jane Edwards wearing a white broderie bardot top with a frayed denim skirt, pom pom sandals and a pom pom straw bucket bag, accessorised with a tropical flower in the hair | marthajaneedwards.com

TO REDISCOVER WHY YOU STARTED


When we’ve worked at something for so long, it’s easy to forget the reason we started. This is definitely something I’ve experienced with my music recently, and that’s why it was so important for me to disconnect for a while. When you pull away from anything in life, you start to miss certain things about it, and this can help you reestablish why you chose to do it in the first place. For any creative endeavour, I believe this is the key to maintaining a healthy relationship with your craft. When it starts to feel more like a chore, it’s time to reevaluate your situation and rediscover what it feels like to practise creativity as a hobby. You’ll come back to your projects refreshed, brimming with ideas and excited to start, and that’s a feeling we all miss from our lives far too often!

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Do you ever practise creativity for no reason at all? What have you learnt from it?

 


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