Indians have creativity

Why creativity is healthy

To the studio instead of to the doctor

Whether painting or handicraft, music or photography: "Creative activity is not only enriching, it can also be a companion on the path to healthy and healthy aging", Pantel is convinced. Several studies underline this sentence. In an experiment in the USA, for example, researchers held art courses for late bloomers. As a result, the seniors involved went to the doctor less often, needed less medication and felt healthier overall. Singing in a choir strengthens the self-confidence of oldies, according to another research project. In 2015, researchers assessed the study situation on knitting. From garter stitch to plait: those who knit regularly are in a better mood, suffer less from depression and are mentally fitter.

Creativity is stimulating and exhilarating

What is the power of creativity? You create a work, regardless of whether it is house music for Advent or plastic landscapes for the model railroad. "The experience of being creative is as stimulating as it is exhilarating," explains Professor Andreas Kruse, aging researcher at Heidelberg University.

But even doing it is fun, says Dr. Franz Pfitzer. Creative pursuits build a bridge between our left hemisphere, the home of the sober mind, and the opposite side, which is considered the source of feelings and ideas.

Success in chronic pain

Pfitzer, head of psychosomatic medicine at the Simssee Clinic in Bad Endorf, Bavaria, sees this as a highly effective therapy. Take depression as an example: "The patient sees that there is still something in me in terms of color and liveliness. It is not just black in the picture!"

Discover new sides of yourself, direct your attention from grief and distress to your own strengths, release your inner rigidity. This also benefits patients with chronic pain, observes the expert Pfitzer. "Instead of a feeling, those affected often only perceive the pain." Creative therapies are ideal for correcting incorrect switching.

With the Snow Queen against cross pain

Simone Klees can confirm that. The theater therapist brings pain patients to the stage of a practice room at the Paracelsus Clinic in Bremen. A study should clarify whether the unusual treatment works, but the experience so far gives Klees confidence. "Playing theater opens up an additional reality in which you can slip into another role." The pain patient gives the snow queen - that alone changes a lot. Those of the sick who are not on stage become a spectator: As with other creative activities, an audience is needed for feelings of success.

Hardly any patient has experience in acting, says Klees. Initially there were reservations: "What does theater have to do with my backache!" But once you find your role, you can often hide the pain. Older people sometimes find it easier to play than younger people. "You are more relaxed and have more distance from performance-oriented everyday work," said Klees.