Date of Award
Action Research Project
Master of Arts in Education
Holistic Health Studies, Education
This research explored creativity and flow state as a means of overcoming symptoms of burnout and supporting mental wellness. In this self-study the subject participated in creating art using a variety of media for seven weeks. Additionally, the subject kept multiple streams of data to closely examine the main symptoms of stress and burnout, including an in-depth look at sleep patterns. Other data collected included flow achievement, pre and post study surveys, daily journals, and individual session check-ins. Data suggested that over the seven-week period, sleep became more regular and the subject felt better immediately after participating in creative activities. Additional research over a longer period of time, along with a holistic recovery plan, may prove to be a form of stress reduction and burnout recovery.
Keller, Sarah. (2022). Creativity as a Gateway to Mental Health: A Burnout Recovery Journey. Retrieved from Sophia, the St. Catherine University repository website: https://sophia.stkate.edu/maed/495