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5 Ways To Get Creative and Calm Your Anxiety

It has become harder than ever to be restful and take care of our brains without feeling the guilt of being unproductive, but relaxation is essential to our mental health and wellness. Multiple studies have shown the positive impacts creativity can have on your mental health and arts and crafts can be a fun and easy way to get creative and help calm our anxiety. Whether unwinding after a busy week at work, or hosting a serotonin session with your friends, there is no better way to de-stress than by doing so in the comfort of our own homes. 

For maximum effect, we recommend setting the scene with a scented candle and the music you can count on to put you in a good mood. What’s more, with summer coming up, why not take these activities over to your local park with a picnic for ultimate self-care vibes soaking up the sunshine. 

 

So what are you waiting for? We look at five easy and affordable ways to get your creative juices flowing this summer. 

Painting & Drawing

Whether you fancy acrylic, watercolour, gouache, or simply felt tip pens, there are so many ways to get creative with art. Whether you’re doodling in a sketchbook or creating a statement A1 size canvas for your living room, the sky’s the limit. Head to Pinterest or TikTok for some tiptop inspo, or for one idea, why not make a homemade card for your friend’s upcoming birthday! 

 

You will need:  

  • Paint 
  • Paintbrushes 
  • Pens of choice 
  • Paper, a canvas, or anything else you’d like to paint or draw on. 
  • (Optional) Any other tools you’d like to use – we love glitter and gems. 

 

All available at affordable prices from The Works, Hobbycraft, Paperchase and Scribbler. You can also check out your local and independent art stores.  

 

Colouring

Colouring is making a comeback, and adults are invited too. According to a study from New Zealand, anxiety and depression may be reduced by colouring in for as little as 10 minutes a day! Best enjoyed with a cup of tea or glass of wine at the end of the day, it’s sure to quickly become your favourite way to unwind and be mindful. If you fancy the same vibes but for painting, why not try a Paint by Numbers set. 

 

 

You will need: 

  • Coloured pens or pencils 
  • A colouring book 
  • And/or a paint by numbers set 

 

You can buy these online, and there are tons of options by independent artists on Etsy! 

 

Clay

From earrings to candle holders, to trinket dishes, coasters and more – using clay is a fun and easy way to get creative! For lightweight jewellery and decorations, we recommend polymer clay. After shaping it with your hands or tools, you simply place it on a tray in the oven to harden. Air Dry clay is another great medium to try for slightly bigger projects. After modelling it to your shape of choice, leave it to dry for a couple of days and you’ll have yourself a beautiful piece of art.  For a burst of colour, why not paint your finished pieces. Just make sure you work on top of some paper or plastic so it won’t stain! 

 

You will need: 

  • Clay (try polymer or air-dry clay) 
  • Access to an oven if you’re using polymer clay 
  • (Optional) Tools such as a rolling pin, cookie cutters or a knife, 
  • (Optional) Acrylic paint 

 

Available from most craft stores, such as The Works, Hobbycraft and Sculpd. Make sure to also check out your local and independent art stores. 

 

Baking

Nothing feels more freeing than baking a cake for no reason. Choose a recipe online with your favourite flavours and bake yourself a slice (or 5!) of happiness! Even better, whilst it’s in the oven, you can sit back and relax before going back in for the most exciting part – decorating. Get some inspiration via Instagram for some delicious and delightful bakes that are sure to make your mouth water. For a top tip, keep it in the fridge to keep your tasty creation lasting longer. 

 

You will need:  

  • Cake ingredients 
  • Icing and decorations 
  • Access to an oven 
  • Cake baking trays 

Crochet

Crochet is cool now. Plus, what’s better than being able to say you made your own outfit this summer. Whether you’re making amigurumi animals to gift to your friends, or even a dress, crochet is sure to be your next favourite mindful activity. Fab for festivals, picnics and all things summer; according to Vogue, ‘Summer knits will be making waves’, so rest assured that this way to get creative will leave you sustainable and stylish!  

 

You will need: 

  • Crochet hook 
  • Yarn 
  • Check out Etsy for crochet patterns to guide you. 

You can pick these up from Hobbycraft, Stitch & Story, Hobbii and LoveCrafts.  

 

Top tip: If you’re crocheting a piece of clothing for summer, look for a yarn made from plants, such as cotton, to ensure a lightweight and breathable fit. 

 

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