Creative Activites and Mental Health

creativityExpressing yourself creatively can give a great your mental health a real boost . For some people, creativity comes naturally. Maybe they’re artistic, can play an instrument or have some other talent or hobby they enjoy. For others, however, the thought of being creative is daunting. Maybe because it is so often associated with a certain ‘type’ of person, or with having a really strong talent or skill. This isn’t the case, however! Anyone can be creative. True creativity isn’t necessarily about a means to an end. You don’t have to produce a work of art or compose a successful piece of music (although finishing a project is quite satisfying in itself), but simply enjoy the process of creation.

Ruah Mental Health (linked above) lists three “simple ways to get started” for those who are daunted by the idea of being creative:

  • Make a creative space – a physical space in your home, where you can express yourself creatively; do creative projects; and collect and store items for your creative activities.
  • Schedule creative time – create a weekly space in your diary for creative activity; 2 or 3 hours is a good start.
  • Join a creative class or group – follow your interests, learn more, and connect with people who share the same passion as you.

These tips are great even for seasoned creatives. Factors like stress, anxiety and depression can really drain your motivation for tasks you once loved dearly. Getting back into it requires taking often difficult steps to shrug off these low moods and force yourself to make a start again.

Creativity also doesn’t have to be limited to activities ‘typically’ associated with creativity: things like art, music, drama, dance etc. For those who are looking for something different, here’s a list of some other creative hobby ideas!

  • Sewing, knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, embroidery
  • Pottery
  • Home brewing
  • Cooking
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Gardening (suggested on one of my other posts!)
  • Building models
  • Do It Yourself
  • Craft (very trendy at the moment; sites like Pinterest can have lots of ideas)

What do you like to do in your creative time? Or do you feel like you need to make more creative time in your life? In that case, what would you like to start doing?

What Is Self Care? by Corey Marie

Today while browsing Tumblr I came across a fantastic comic that manages to sum up what this campaign is all about in a fantastic and visual way. I liked it so much I decided it deserved it’s own post. You can check out the original post over at the artist, Corey Marie’s, website.

Well said!

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Mental health and Relaxation

Health effects of stress

Physical effects of stress

Setting aside time for relaxation is important for maintaining good mental health and decreasing stress levels. Today’s post will offer a range of suggestions – from simple, quick activities to more complex exercises. In my previous post on The Healthy Mind Platter, Rock and Siegal refer to this as ‘Time In’.  Continue reading

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

‘Health Yourself Out’ is focused on making sure that people take care of their minds, not just their bodies. There are many activities that can be undertaken to improve mental health, as well as help to relieve low moods, depression and stress. These are often as simple as getting regular exercise, setting aside time for relaxation and creativity, sleeping properly, socialising and more. This blog will look at these in depth and how they affect your brain to create a happier, healthier you!

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