How exploring your creativity can boost your mood.

I spend a lot of my free time dreaming about the things I would love to do. I often imagine myself as the owner of a craft shop filled with my own designs. Little things I’ve sewn on tables and my paintings hung on the wall. I imagine there is a small cafe at the back full of my own baking creations, a new special every day.

Sadly I know next to nothing about business, and in this economy it would be a huge risk to even try.

The point of this story is that while I spend a lot of time dreaming about being creative, I rarely take the time to put these dreams into action. It’s fun to imagine, but if you push yourself to create you will be filled with a sense of accomplishment and pride – a great way to slowly build your self confidence.

It doesn’t matter if what you produce is good (although hopefully you like what you’ve made at least a little bit), what matters is how it makes you feel.

Exploring your creativity has many benefits. Activities such as painting or trying a new cookie recipe can be very therapeutic as you are creating something with your own two hands. It can distract you from the stress in your life at least for that moment. As you build your confidence in your chosen activity you will have something new that is a part of you. Many mental health professionals recommend exploring a new hobby in order to understand yourself better and to build on what makes you you. This can be very helpful when you are going through a traumatic change in your life or have difficulty spending time with yourself.

If you are one of those people who feel as if they don’t have a creative bone in their body, here is a list of potential creative hobbies you can try.

  • Baking
  • Painting with acrylics; beginners painting supplies can be bought very cheaply at pound stores and The Works
  • Sketching
  • Small sewing projects
  • Knitting/Crochet
  • Gardening
  • Explore interior designing by decorating houses on The Sims
  • Paper crafts
  • Writing short stories
  • Painting cardboard figurines; these can be found at stores such as The Range and Hobby craft from as little as £1
  • Adult colouring books

Everybody has a creative side, it’s just finding the right hobby for you. The sense of calm I feel after completing a creative project never fails to improve my mood when I’m having a particularly trying time.

 

Take care of yourself,

Nikki

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