Ways to be More Creative in 2019

~Michelle Saleeba

Another new year is upon us and in amongst those resolutions to get fit and fabulous we are hoping you made a resolution to get more creative. There’s an impressive body of established and emerging literature on the topic of creativity and wellbeing, suggesting many advantages to participating in arts based activities.

Purported benefits range from enhanced subjective wellbeing to maintaining quality of life while promoting healthy ageing, and being a general mood improver. Possibly one of the best findings is that you don’t have to have high levels of skill for it to be beneficial and act as a stress reliever. And of course there is a large amount of research to show that creative arts therapies contribute to positive clinical health outcomes.

So what can you do to make good on your resolution to be more creative in 2019? Here are a couple of ideas to get you started and to help keep you on course.

Free online art classes

The accessibility to learn art skills and techniques has never been better. You can launch into lessons that cover every topic imaginable from 10 minute demonstrations to full tertiary level programmes and you have the freedom to work at your own pace and dip in and out when it suits. Take a look at what’s available through MOOCs via websites such as Skillshare, Coursera and others.