22 Aug, 2017, 23:25 ET
SAN RAMON, Calif., Aug. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Creativity is a quality regarded highly by employers and parents. But creativity is more than just something someone has or not. It's a practice that can benefit anyone. Creativity, especially when practiced regularly, is good for mental health and overall wellness. But if you haven't felt creative or if you've been stuck in your routine for as long as you can remember, creativity doesn't come easy. The Financial Education Benefits Center, which offers a variety of benefits for physical, mental and financial wellness, will soon provide resources that can help their members develop creative habits to boost mental health and wellness.
A 2010 study by IBM reported that a key factor in the success of a company is creativity in addressing complex circumstances surrounding the business. While the study focused on corporations, the same principles can be applied to individuals. In fact, creativity can increase mental health and wellness in many ways.
"We've all had those days where we feel brain dead and unproductive," said Jennifer Martinez, Manager at FEBC. "Maybe we don't get enough sleep or we're especially stressed. We often assume the solution is more caffeine or a more regular sleep schedule. It's interesting that being creative could be another way to improve our mental health."
A creative mind has similar benefits to meditation: reduced stress, improved focus, increased confidence and more. In fact, practicing creative expression is similar to meditating in that you are focusing on something specific for a period of time and training your mind to let go of stressors or negative thoughts in the process.
Sounds like a good deal, right? But how do you do it? It's not always as simple as picking up a pencil and drawing, or grabbing a camera and channeling your inner photographer. For those not in the habit of being creative, it can be intimidating to start, like when you try to learn a new skill or start a new exercise routine.
Being creative doesn't just mean taking up art. Any of the following activities will flex your creativity muscles:
- Read a book.
- Write anything.
- Do a puzzle, like a sudoku or a crossword.
- Play a brain game, like Tetris.
- Knit or do another craft.
- Learn something new, like a language.
- Cook new foods.
- Visit a museum and look at art.
Picking up any new habit can be hard, and the same goes for creative habits. The same way there are tricks for starting a new exercise routine, there are things you can do to help you get creative. Techniques like setting aside time and starting slow will help in establishing regular creative habits. Either way, it takes focus and effort — you are changing your routine after all. However you do it, you'll be experiencing improved mental health in no time.
"Though it's hard to pick up new things and change your set schedule, it's worth it if it means you'll have better mental health," said Martinez. "FEBC will soon offer resources that target mental health and improve things like sleep and concentration. Being aware of what helps is important to addressing wellness. Things like creativity can either help you achieve other goals, or it can be a goal that our resources can help you achieve."
About the Financial Education Benefits Center
The Financial Education Benefits Center is located in San Ramon, California. The Company has already helped thousands of people save money and obtain the necessary education required to live a financially free life.
The Financial Education Benefits Center has partnered with several name brand third-party companies to expand the financial and educational products and services available to its members and to provide a variety of wellness services as well.
To learn more about The Financial Education Benefits Center, please contact:
Financial Education Benefits Center
2010 Crow Canyon Place Ste. 100
San Ramon, CA 94583
SOURCE Financial Education Benefits Center
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