Most people think that putting pictures together and creating a collage is all it takes to make a vision board. But did you know it takes more than just gathering images to make a vision board work?
There are many factors at play when making a dream board, and one of these factors is your board’s aesthetics. Is your board good to look at? Did you use your creativity and artistic talents to make it?
While many people believe that making these boards is a simple arts and crafts project, they may be surprised to know that the actual process of making a board actually boosts your overall happiness and well-being.
In this article, we’ll discuss how you can use creativity to boost your manifestations. If you’re intimated with the words “artistic,” or “creative,” don’t worry. You don’t have to be an artist to be creative, so yes, you can absolutely make an artistic vision board that helps to improve your mood and well-being, which aligns with what you want to attract in your life.
The Benefits of Creativity in Well-Being
Numerous studies have revealed that people who engage in creative activities report feeling happy and energized. Doing something creative has also been shown to boost your well-being as well as an increase of positive emotions.
Making a vision board itself is already considered to be a creative activity, and creating one alone can therefore bring about positive feelings, based on these studies. But how much more if you put artistry and creativity into your dream boards?
What is Creativity?
Creativity comes from the Latin word, “creatus,” which means “to grow.” Most people believe that being creative means you should paint, do sculptures, or make a movie, or music, but creativity simply means making something new.
It is the process of creating something that didn’t exist before, so when you’re making your vision board, it is a manifestation of your thoughts brought to life. The mere act of making a dream board is creativity in itself.
If you’re apprehensive about making an artistic dream board, don’t worry, because everyone has the capacity to be creative or artistic.
What are the Benefits of Creativity?
Researcher Tamlin Conner from the University of Otago in New Zealand did a study with his colleagues and they discovered that creative activities bring about increased positive emotions. They wanted to know whether being happy made you more creative or if being creative made you happier.
Their study suggests that engaging in creative activities leads to more well-being and that you don’t have to be happy first before you can be creative. Even if you’re in a bad mood, or you’re depressed, you can harness the benefits of creativity to help you feel happier.
In fact, some therapists even incorporate vision board-making as an intervention technique for individuals suffering from depression.
Vision Board-Making as Art Therapy for Depressed Patients
Vision boards are being used in therapy as a therapeutic technique in the field of art therapy. Therapists use this manifestation method for its tactile and visual requirements, which help depressive patients set goals around their careers, personal lives, families, aspirations, and many more.
Therapists use this technique as a way to help patients figure out what is important to them, with the hope of helping their patients change their mindset. Along with solution-focused therapy and imagery, therapists are able to use dream boards as a means to inspire and motivate patients to create a life they imagine.
Setting goals, being creative, and using visual imagery are just some of the ways vision boards are being used in art therapy to empower patients who are going through certain mental health issues.
Practicing art and engaging in mindful creativity have also been known to have the following benefits:
- Calms the nervous system
- Enhance self-awareness
- Reduce stress and anxiety levels
- Improves moods
- Quiets the mind
- Improves focus and mental clarity
Studies and research show the importance of creativity in everyday life. It is so beneficial to well-being that creative activities such as vision board-making are being used by therapists to help empower depressive patients.
When it comes to manifesting your dreams, the Law of Attraction states that the Universe responds to our vibrational frequency. So when you use art to help you feel better, improve your mood, induce positive emotions, and boost your overall well-being, it puts you in a higher energetic frequency, which is what the Universe responds to.
In short, being creative aligns you with your goals, and the Universe takes it as a message that you’re ready to achieve all of your goals and dreams.
How to Become More Creative to Make Artistic Vision Boards
Now that you know creativity is essential in turning your thoughts into reality, here are five ways you can become more creative to make artistic vision boards that boost your manifestations:
Open Up Yourself to New Awareness
Studies show that artistic people are open to new opportunities, which allow them to create inspiring work. If you want to boost your creativity, open yourself up to awareness.
A survey revealed that 75% of people believe they are not fulfilling their true creative potential. This shows that people do acknowledge their creativity, but that they’re not expressing it or taking action to show it.
To help you express your creativity, take the time to become more aware of yourself by meditating. Find a quiet place, sit down comfortably, close your eyes, and breathe. Feel your creative energy in every inch of your body and let it flow through you.
Let your artistic juices enrich your body and spirit, and let it open your eyes and soul to new experiences and opportunities.
Studies show that exercise boosts creativity. One of these studies conducted at the University of Leiden showed that people who exercise had a tendency to express greater creative thinking compared to those who don’t exercise.
Another study conducted at Stanford University shows that people are more creative during and after exercise. Researchers believe that this is caused by having more blood flow to the brain, which causes people to be more creative.
Take Your Time
When making an artistic vision board, take your time. Do not feel pressured to finish your board nor do you have to feel like it should look nice according to other people.
Your dream board is for yourself and if you think about what other people in your house or office will think about it, then you’re not making an authentic board that expresses your true desires.
Take your time by allowing yourself to express what you truly want and don’t be in a hurry. Feeling rushed can squash creativity, so be patient and don’t ever think you have a deadline to create your board.
Seek Awe-Inspiring Experiences
A study conducted at the University of California revealed that people are more creative after witnessing awe-inspiring experiences. These experiences are moments of wonder, which motivate and inspire you to explore.
The researchers also discovered that when people experience these moments, cytokines are released from the body, which are proteins that cause inflammation in the body. Lower levels of cytokines are shown to improve mood and boost positive emotions.
To improve your mood and boost creativity, spend time in nature, watch a beautiful sunset, lose yourself in making music or art, or make vision boards.
Create an Aesthetic Vision Board
Create an aesthetic vision board by using bright colors, having balance or symmetry in your pictures, and using images that feel happy and joyful.
We’ve also written a great article on how to make an aesthetic vision board, where we recommend using certain colors and using Feng Shui principles to create your board.
But of course, we understand that taking the time to look for craft materials, pictures, and other supplies is not a privilege everyone enjoys. With work and taking care of your family, you might not have the time to create something artistic from scratch.
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Repeating what we said earlier in this article, you don’t have to be an artist to be creative. You just need to tap into your innate creativity to stimulate positive emotions and raise your frequency so the Universe can respond accordingly.
Use these tips to be more creative and make an artistic vision board that brings you more positivity, which helps to turn your thoughts into reality.