Donegal Mammy – Creativity Is Our Superpower!
Are you glad Christmas is over? Was it a relaxed easy time or did you stress out over the fact that you were responsible for making everyone happy and getting everything done?
Today’s guest blog is all about YOU being at the centre of having fun and about some great events to help find your inner child in 2019!
Introducing Maria Coleman:
Maria is a native of Roscommon and lives in Maghery. She works in yoga, wellbeing and community development, Creativity and mental wellbeing are all at the centre of what she is about and through Comhcheol Arts and Wellness she also coordinates arts and wellbeing events…. read on you wont want to miss this!
Creativity is our SUPERPOWER
Hello everyone , Maria here, thanks so much to Donegal Mammy for letting me guest blog, the very first blog of the year and one that I hope will make a difference to you and how you view your inner child, creativity and the fact that you deserve some fun too!
Recently, I had occasion to put the following question to our favourite childhood hero: “Bosco, when people grow up they sometimes forget to play and sing and draw pictures and dance. I think it helps to keep people happy. What do you think? (To hear Bosco’s advice on maintaining your sense of fun as a grown-up you will have to come along to an exciting arts and wellbeing event in the Balor Theatre on Jan 11th.
As any parent knows there is no quicker way to bring joy into a child’s eyes than to invite their creativity out to play through music, art, drama or dance. We bring our wee ones to every class going to nourish this joy, but unfortunately, us adults, and most particularly us women, tend not to give ourselves a licence to play or be creative. Juggling for us doesn’t involve balls, fun and quick reflexes but rather the responsible balancing of child care, housework and work or community life. In the mix, our own inner, creative child can sadly be forgotten.
Einstein, one of the world’s most extraordinary minds had a profound respect for play and creativity. “Creativity is intelligence having fun” he said. “Creativity is a form of play that […] builds new worlds and constructs new realities. Creativity is our superpower.”
Creativity is certainly a key tool to promote wellbeing. Studies show that engaging in creative activity improves motivation, increases social engagement, enhances self-confidence and increases resilience, producing a more relaxed state of mind. It also fosters better concentration, increases self-expression, self-understanding and a stronger more positive sense of self. Letting your inner artist play is therefore a potent form of self-care. As a bonus prize, when our children see us modelling the positivity creativity brings, they learn by imitation.
Fortnight the national, and European festival for Arts and Mental Health puts
the arts and wellbeing front and centre. It is coming to Co. Donegal for the
first time this New Year. Come along to ‘An Céad dul Síos’ at the Balor
Arts Centre on January 11th to learn more about how the arts can
boost your wellbeing, with an array of snappy, informative talks, music,
singing, drama, comedy by Kevin McAleer and a video-link with the legend that
is Bosco. Tickets are just €12.50, but win two free tickets by liking and
sharing this post.
Leabharlann Ghaoth Dobhair, (supported by Healthy Ireland) is also hosting a FREE event on January 9th involving drama, song and a workshop called ‘Percussion, Play, Positivity’. Come on out to play!