It's been a rough couple of days here in the enchanted treehouse as my grandfather passed away yesterday and my husband has been working out of the country (amongst a few other life stressors). Times like these really confirm the importance of keeping your thoughts positive and spirits as high as possible. This can be difficult, especially when you are feeling sad.
But for the last two days, I've been pushing myself to keep my mind and body moving. While I haven't felt like dancing, I've been walking walking walking outside in the fresh air. And while I haven't felt like my high energy social self, I did spend quality time with a few friends at the park where we watched our dogs and children run and play freely in the sunshine. I even texted with a friend about nothing special, but just the connection itself put a smile on my face. These activities have done my heart good and have kept my mind balanced.
With my background in education, folklore and expressive arts, I know that any imaginative activities involving a variety of creative processes are the most effective and efficient ways to move through sorrows, stressors or even just a case of the blahhs.
So today I am going to make a creative mess!
Sometimes I just pour paint onto paper or canvas and smear it around without any artistic expectations of the final product. Sometimes I like to spray paint everyday items with the brightest colors I can find. And sometimes I'll just go outside and make some sloppy mud sculptures or paintings!
It's more about the action of the process than it is about the art form or the outcome.
For example, awhile back, two of my dearest grad school friends came over for a visit. We were all feeling stressed that day, so we ended up creating some masterpieces together.
I had seen this art project on a blog (though I couldn't remember where I saw it, so we had no directions to follow). But nevertheless, we had fun squeezing and swirling our paints...
...exploring new ways to move the spiraling colors around...
...and watching the rainbow rivers flow before our very eyes.
It wasn't about the final products, it was about the creative process. And that creative process calmed our minds and lifted our thoughts (as well as induced lots of laughter).
So the next time you are feeling blue or out of sorts, try making a creative mess to get your mind and body moving again! Who knows, maybe you will end up with a beautiful masterpiece:
I hope you have a magically messy day! Lots of love! Xx