Body Image & Creativity
Mondays can be rough for many of us, and this doesn’t create the ideal environment for building a better body image. To help you turn that around, every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit to help boost your body image – and kick-start the week on a positive note.
Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. I’d love to hear from you!
Many people think they aren’t creative, because they’re not a good enough artist or writer. Or because they don’t do anything artsy to begin with.
Many people think creativity means being an expert painter, poet or photographer. Or having a skill or a talent.
Creativity is also associated with being impractical or immature.
It’s something you do as a child, and then abandon as an adult because you’ve got real life to deal with.
“If you’re alive, you’re creative. If you’re alive, you’re an artist,” writes Patti Digh in her book, Creative is a Verb: If You’re Alive, You’re Creative. I absolutely love this.
You may be wondering what the heck creativity has to do with body image in the first place.
To me, creativity is self-discovery. It’s self-expression.
It’s doing what you love.
It’s letting your quirks out and about.
It’s processing life and everyday moments with wonder and fresh eyes. It’s processing pleasant or painful emotions in a healthy way.
Creativity gives us an interesting outlet in our lives.
It lets our voice out.
It helps us see the beauty surrounding us.
For instance, as Digh talks about the aim of her book:
“This is a book about waking up to the beauty around you – the beauty of seeing more and living more deeply. What emerges from the equation is art. Not Art with a capital A. That kind of Art scares me because it takes us out of doing (writing to write, painting to paint) and right into performance, comparison, sales. I’m talking about art with no capital. The art that is your life. Artfulness that only you can create, that is uniquely, incredibly yours.”
About creativity, Susan Piver writes in her book, The Hard Questions for an Authentic Life: 100 Essential Questions for Designing Your Life from the Inside Out:
“Creativity is present in everyone, all the time – in the way we see, smell, taste, touch, and hear the world around us. To be creative is simply to be present in the moment, to feel what is happening around and within us right now. Our creativity is what gives meaning to every moment of our lives.”
Creativity is the word I’ve chosen this month for our Self-Discovery Series, Word By Word. I hope you join me in writing about creativity.
To give you some inspiration for your creativity post, here are a few questions to help you brainstorm from Piver’s book:
“Do I think of myself as a creative person? Everyone has special gifts of intelligence, compassion, insight, ingenuity, style, etc.: What are mine?”
“Are there any people in my life whom I consider to be particularly creative? In what ways does their creativity manifest itself? Can seeing how they approach life help me to awaken my own creative gifts, even if they are very different?”
“How do I express my creative gifts? In writing, painting, cooking, childcare, the way I dress, gardening, conversation, praying?”
“Creativity and pleasure are related synergistically. Do I make room in my life for pleasure? What do I do that is purely for fun or pleasure? Where and when do I have the most fun or experience the most pleasure?
Consider answering one or all of these questions as you contemplate your creativity and how you approach life.
And, most importantly, have fun with it!
* The specifics on joining me for the Self-Discovery Series:
If you have a blog, just send me the link to your post by January 18th.
If you don’t have a blog, write a paragraph or so, and email it to me.
I’ll publish links and paragraphs the last week of January. Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail.com. I’d really love for you to join me and have fun with this word!
Do you consider yourself to be creative? What does creativity mean to you? Do you think creativity has anything to do with body image?
P.S., Stayed tuned this week for an insightful and all-around awesome interview with Rosie Molinary, author of Beautiful You: A Daily Guide to Radical Self-Acceptance.
Tartakovsky, M. (2014). Body Image & Creativity. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 13, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/weightless/2011/01/body-image-creativity/