Start2 hosts WeNurses Twitter Chat

The link between creative thinking and creative activity to wellbeing


6th June 2014 - Tamzin Forster

Last nights twitter chat caused a hurricane of thoughts well into last night and this morning – and will no doubt continue well into next week as I digest the cascade of ideas, thoughts, experiences and suggestions from you all.


It was very interesting to hear the perspectives and experiences of creativity and how it can benefit wellbeing. People shared thoughts around creativity and how it can help build emotional resilience and literacy and increase lateral thinking skills, as well as being therapeutic and enjoyable to participants.


Many people recognised that creativity goes beyond artistic ability, and within their job role they are involved in ‘thinking outside of the box,’ thinking on their feet, and being resourceful with limited time and resources on a daily basis.


It was encouraging to see people championing creative thinking techniques within job roles to help build lateral thinking skills & to aid coming up with imaginative solutions and ideas. 


Start2 Twitter Chat Hosts - We Nurses


There was no doubt that experiences of taking part, delivering and observing creative activity and therapeutic interventions showed to positively enhance the wellbeing of patients. Examples of reading groups, PAT, using music with dementia patients provided a wealth of wellbeing benefits from unlocking potential, helping change perceptions and solve problems more easily. Groups were reported to be enjoyable, supportive, gave opportunities for positive interactions and positive thinking. Comments reinforced Start2's belief that care must be focused on the individual as a whole person, and that use of creativity can aid this holistic approach.


Start2 Twitter Chat Hosts - We Nurses



Start2 Twitter Chat Hosts - We Nurses


One thing that stood out was that whilst many people involved in the chat could see the benefits of creative and meaningful activity for patients it was perceived as an intervention that isn’t always taken seriously.  This has caused me to mull over the idea that could be a whole new twitter chat...


Are we afraid to discover and explore our own creativity, given that most people’s perceived experience of creativity stops at school?


Having a direct experience of something can help us to realize the value of it. In this case, making bite-sized creative activity part of our daily lives can aid us in our own wellbeing & productivity, and therefore have direct effect on our work with individuals in health and social care settings. Time, resources and value of service are always going to be queried when we are trying to run cost-effective services with limited resources. But we can make small changes to our lives which see benefit ourselves and others.


Make regular creative activity part of your life with our short (30 seconds! to 10 minute) suggested activities, designed to boost wellbeing and productivity at work.


Read more about the link between creativity and wellbeing...


Did you know?

Music helps lower heart rate, blood pressure relieve pain, anxiety & improve patient quality of life. Read about it here.

Engagement with arts/culture improves cognitive abilities of children & young people. Read more about it here.

‘Getting back to normal’: arts on prescription programme, absorption in an activity and creative potential of art and social aspects of attending. Read more about it here.

Art can help with pain management. Read more about it here.


You can read more about the evidence behind Start2 'Creativity: The Power Inside Us' here.

Suggested readings from twitter chatterers:

Creative approaches to health promotion

Blog - Why creativity promotes wellness

The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health: A Review of Current Literature

The best Kept Secrets to Exceptional Productivity

Use of mind maps - Diverse Learners



The RNCM Medical Notes Project Manchester

The Sensitivity Training Clown Workshop: enhancing therapeutic communication skills in nursing students