For many, creativity and taking care of mental health tend to go hand in hand. Creative exercises and expression are often a great form of self-care, as are the routines associated with them. But what do you do when your mental health doesn't allow you to live up to your creative potential?
We recently asked mental health experts, along with members of the BuzzFeed Community, to share the best ways to stay creative when your mental health isn't at its best. Here are some of their suggestions:
1.When someone compliments your work, hold onto it so you can revisit it later.
2.Recognize the difference between using creativity to distract yourself, and using it to process your emotions.
3.Establish a routine, whether it's related to your creative pursuits or not.
4.Involve the people who support you in your creative process.
5.Take breaks. Your work isn't going anywhere.
6.Make your creative space a place you want to spend time in.
7.Get outside and move around a bit.
8.Create soothing mantras for yourself.
9.Switch gears completely and try a new medium.
10.Avoid substances that will bring down your mood.
11.Turn off your self editor and let your art be messy and imperfect.