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5 Ways Creativity Improves Mental Health

The link between creativity and mental health has always fascinated me. For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed getting creative, whether that is through scrapbooking, drawing, writing, digital design, photography, I’m happiest when I’m making something. I’ve also been through periods in my life where I’ve suffered badly with depression. But whether I am feeling good or bad, I’ve always found that getting arty and crafty goes a long way in boosting my mood and making me feel a little brighter. So today I thought I’d share with you some ways which creativity has and continues to improve my mental health.

Just to be clear, I’m not saying just pick up a paintbrush instead of getting professional help. If you struggle with depression, speaking to your doctor is the first step in getting the right treatment for you.

1.  Re-focuses the mind

Doing something creative is a great way to distract yourself from overthinking and worrying. If my mind is swimming with negative and anxious thoughts, I tend to pick up a colouring book and focus on making the pages bright and colourful. It’s the perfect activity to release stress and calm the mind.

If you don’t want to think too much, there are even Colour By Numbers books to help you switch off completely. Tracing Books are another therapeutic way to de-stress and unwind.

2. Enables self-expression

Sometimes when we feel depressed, it is hard to articulate how we feel and open up to others. Writing in a journal is a fantastic way to try and make sense of thoughts, feelings and emotions. It puts worries and anxieties into perspective, as leaving words on paper means there is less chatter going on in your mind.

The mental health charity, Mind, have created a beautiful Wellbeing Journal which includes colouring pages, writing prompts and activities to inspire creativity and express yourself a little more freely.

3. Gives A Sense Of Achievement

Making something from nothing is such a rewarding and satisfying feeling. It is a sure way to enhance your mood and you don’t have to be a talented artist to be creative. You can get a kit for anything and everything these days so you can get making something straight away without feeling stressed and overwhelmed.

I’ve made Unicorn Confetti Cupcakes, Choc Marshmallow Cookies and Rainbow Cakes all from different baking kits. If baking is not your thing, how about a Paint By Numbers kit or a Card Making kit.

4. Less Screen Time

Whatever your creative pursuit, whether it is baking, playing guitar, writing, painting, gardening, sewing, it means less time in front of the screens, which is a good thing (unless you watch TV at the same time, hah). You are creating your own positive mood, rather than letting the TV or internet tell you how to feel.

5. Inspires New Ideas

When we feel down, it is hard to feel enthusiastic and think too far into the future. But creativity inspires creativity and the more we do, the more our ideas will flow, discovering different projects to try and new skills to learn. If I have something creative to look forward to, my day always feels that bit brighter.

I find scrapbooking is a great place to start to get those creative juices flowing. Why not have a flick through a magazine and see what inspires you, maybe there is a new recipe or craft you could try?

Have you found that creativity has improved your mental health? What are your favourite creative hobbies? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. January 28, 2019 / 8:44 am

    I am definitely all about this, bullet journaling really had helped me to organise myself which helps stress relief but also just be creative and make something beautiful, it is calming and focused and a distraction. I find reading also ticks these boxes for me, even if/especially if it’s light-hearted romcom that makes me laugh

    • January 29, 2019 / 11:26 am

      Thank you for the thoughtful comment Gem! I agree, decorating my planner with washi and stickers always makes me feel more positive and motivated. Reading is a nice way to relax and de-stress too 🙂 <3 xx

  2. January 28, 2019 / 9:55 am

    I agree with all of these, but especially #1 at the moment. Crocheting does give me something else to think about, with the added bonus that it’s financially productive. I’m also loving bullet journaling. I’m utterly in love with your rainbow washi and need to know where you got it from!

    • January 29, 2019 / 11:36 am

      Thank you so much Misa! It’s great that your creative hobby is financially productive, you are so good at what you do, your designs are so colourful and pretty. I got the rainbow washi from Paperchase, it’s perfect for planners and bullet journals! <3 xx

  3. January 28, 2019 / 10:12 am

    I love this and really need to find some time to do my own version of ‘creative’. Thank you for sharing and have a great week!:)

    • January 29, 2019 / 11:39 am

      Thank you so much Millie! Hope you find some time to be creative and have a wonderful week too <3 xx

  4. January 28, 2019 / 10:26 am

    This is so true Bexa. I think having too much screen time anyway is only a detrimental thing in so many ways but especially for your mental health. I am trying to be a bit better and not be on my phone as much but there is still much to do. Once our decluttering mission is over I’m hoping to get a bit more creative again so I am sure I will be looking to you for both inspiration and motivation as the crafting stationery creative Queen that you are!

    • January 29, 2019 / 11:50 am

      Aww! Thank you so much for the sweet comment Rachael! Yay for getting creative again and well done on your decluttering mission! I agree, too much screen time can have so many negative effects on our health, I’m trying to reduce it as well 🙂 <3 xx

  5. January 28, 2019 / 10:52 am

    Love this! I agree with everything you’ve mentioned, I’ve been writing a journal ever since I was in primary school, it helped me a lot. It definitely puts everything into perspective and I feel much more peaceful after I write everything down. Great post as always x

    New Lune | http://new-lune.com

    • January 29, 2019 / 11:51 am

      Thank you so much lovely! Journal writing helps me so much too, like you say, it’s a good way to feel more peaceful once our thoughts are on paper <3 xx

  6. January 28, 2019 / 11:58 am

    This is so true! Getting creative definitely helps me when I’m feeling a bit down or anxious whether it’s writing, working on my bullet journal, colouring or baking!

    • January 29, 2019 / 11:52 am

      Thanks so much Lex! I’m so glad it helps you feel better too, there are so many things we can do to be creative <3 xx

  7. January 28, 2019 / 1:01 pm

    I definitely agree with all these points! I love how creativity is a way of self expression. I feel like I get to be more ‘me’ when I’m creating something. Great post!

    • January 29, 2019 / 11:59 am

      Thank you so much Eleanor! That’s a great way to describe it, I get that feeling too! 🙂 <3 xx

  8. January 28, 2019 / 2:19 pm

    My favorite thing to do is crochet. I’ve found it helps my anxiety as I can focus on the pattern and something good comes out in the end. It’s also something to do if I’m watching a show, then I can try to multitask 🙂 Really great post x

    • January 29, 2019 / 11:58 am

      I’d love to learn to crochet, it sounds so relaxing and you can make such pretty things! Thanks for your kind comment Meagan! <3 xx

  9. January 28, 2019 / 3:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing this post Bexa. It is absolutely wonderful advice – finding anything that you can “lose yourself in” helps us all to feel better both mentally and physically. It is actually how some people define happiness: doing something that you enjoy so much that you lose track of time. A creative activity is often the perfect task to help when you’re feeling a little low … it’s challenging enough to require our focus, but easy enough to be pleasurable at the same time.
    Always love your posts!
    Joan
    My Best Friend Adeline
    https://kindness-compassion-and-coaching.com

    • January 29, 2019 / 12:09 pm

      Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment Joan! I love that and often find time disappears when I’m being creative, especially with blogging! That’s so true, we need something to challenge us but at the same time find it enjoyable too. Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments <3 xx

  10. January 28, 2019 / 4:15 pm

    I agree with this post. All these things help. I have been really low this month and just coming out of the other side. Colouring and journaling has been my thing, as well as my blog. But also walking very quickly.

    • January 29, 2019 / 12:11 pm

      Thank you so much Liz. I am so glad you are starting to feel better, those are great ways to get creative 🙂 I also enjoy going for a walk, it such a good mood booster 🙂 <3 xx

  11. January 28, 2019 / 5:05 pm

    I think the psychology between creativity and mental health is really interesting. And how creativity can come in SO many forms and what might help one person, might not help someone else. Like scrapbooking and colouring isn’t for me (I wish it was!) and I’ve always thought I’m not creative and these sort of things would never help me relax. But I guess blogging could be seen as creative? I prefer writing that artsy things, so I guess that’s some form of creativity too <3 I totally agree with the less screen time thing. I've been off of social media from 9pm every night, due to my screen time limits and it's helped me so much!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

    • January 29, 2019 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment Jenny! That is so true, I love that there are so many different forms of creativity, there is really something for everyone 🙂 Blogging is such a fantastic creative outlet. I like the idea of no social media after 9pm, I’m glad it has been helpful <3 xx

  12. January 28, 2019 / 5:06 pm

    It’s so true that being creative helps with mental health. I’m not very artsy or crafty but writing always makes me feel better and gives me something to focus on. I think anything that you have to concentrate on (even a good book) takes your mind away from your worries for a while. Great post!

    Nicola
    http://nicshealthylife.co.uk

    • January 29, 2019 / 12:33 pm

      Thank you so much Nicola! That is so true, anything which gives us something to focus and forget about our worries is a good thing! 🙂 <3 xx

  13. January 28, 2019 / 5:09 pm

    I’ve noticed that writing makes the chaos in my head a little less chaotic. I can’t say I spend less time in front of a screen though, because I always have YouTube videos on in the background whenever I’m writing or drawing XD

    x Envy

    • January 29, 2019 / 12:35 pm

      Thanks so much Envy! Writing is a brilliant way to calm the mental chaos, I sometimes watch YouTube vids too when I’m being creative, usually music ones 🙂 <3 xx

  14. January 28, 2019 / 5:09 pm

    This is such a lovely post, with beautiful pictures as always Bexa! I think creativity does a world of difference for our metal health! I especially love the fact that you’ve included that it gives us a sense of achievement as I know my creative endeavours always help me to feel like I’ve accomplished something truly meaningful! xx
    http://www.imjustagirl16.co.uk

    • January 29, 2019 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment Chloe! Same! I love that being creative makes us feel like we have accomplished something and not wasted our time 🙂 <3 xx

  15. January 28, 2019 / 5:19 pm

    Writing and creating content gets me so busy that I forget about everything else. It is a great way to vent and defo has a positive effect on mental health!

    • January 29, 2019 / 12:37 pm

      That’s so true! Blogging is such a good distraction at times 🙂 Thanks Corinne! <3 xx

  16. January 28, 2019 / 5:21 pm

    I definitely agree that being creative helps to refocus the mind and gives you a sense of achievement. It can be something as simple as colouring in a colouring book – I find this so relaxing. I also find writing blog posts are a good creative outlet as they help me to focus my energy on writing.

    Eve | http://www.evemorganinteriors.com

    • January 29, 2019 / 12:38 pm

      Thanks so much Eve! Definitely, blogging is such an amazing creative outlet and simple things like colouring really help too 🙂 <3 xx

  17. January 28, 2019 / 5:25 pm

    I have always found being creative one way to focus my mind elsewhere and not on my anxiety. It’s so crazy to think that picking up a colouring book and colouring would change the feelings you are having. Less screen time is never a bad thing anyway but especially when it comes to mental health. I love being creative and have been since I was so young! I love colouring, doodling and scrapbooking! Your photographs are so colourful and pretty! Washi tape goals, I love the polka dots! Thank you for sharing 😘xxx

    • January 29, 2019 / 12:44 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Lauren! That’s so true, it is fantastic how creativity can quickly change our moods and make us feel better. Scrapbooking is my favourite as it doesn’t take much energy to make the pages all colourful and pretty 🙂 Aww thank you, polka dot washi is awesome, I got mine for Christmas, I think you can get them from Amazon 🙂 <3 xxx

  18. January 28, 2019 / 5:31 pm

    It is so true! No matter how bad my day is at work, snuggling up with a coloring book and some colored pencils while listening to a soothing song keeps me positive and sane. Lesser screen time is really necessary when I’m depressed. Indulging in creativity takes away those negative thoughts in my mind. Thanks for sharing this beautiful post. And you are really an artist! I still remember those fabulous anime sketches that you had shared in one of your posts last year.

    Love,
    Anjali
    http://www.laughingmirror.com

    • January 29, 2019 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Anjali! Colouring books and music are such a good way to feel calm and de-stressed. Aww, you are so kind! I’m flattered that you remembered my anime sketches from last year, I’ve not drawn anything like that in a while, I really enjoyed it though and want to get back into it again 🙂 thank you for the encouragement <3 xx

  19. January 28, 2019 / 5:34 pm

    I find doing creative things so calming and relaxing especially if I’m stressed out. I’ve never actually tried tracing books before but they sound really great, I usually just do the colouring books but I think I might try them out. I actually knit when I want to relax too( I know old lady!) great post xx

    • January 29, 2019 / 12:54 pm

      Thank you so much Aaliyah! I would defo recommend tracing books if you enjoy colouring books too. Knitting sounds like such a relaxing hobby, I’d love to learn how to do it 🙂 <3 xx

    • January 29, 2019 / 12:54 pm

      Thanks Amie, that is so true! <3 xx

  20. January 28, 2019 / 6:01 pm

    Being creative and taking time to spend an hour or two curled up with some music/podcast and my colouring book is one of my favourite pastimes. I find it calming, soothing, and relaxing. Less screen time is beneficial for so many reasons; it’s been one of my goals this year, and I’ve been doing great at it so far!

    • January 29, 2019 / 12:57 pm

      Thank you so much Macey! I love that, colouring and listening to music or podcasts sounds like such a relaxing way to spend time. I’m glad your screen time goal is going well too! <3 xx

  21. January 28, 2019 / 6:18 pm

    This is such a great post – I find baking extremely rewarding as it helps me destress and just relax! Love colouring too but you reminded me of my childhood with the trace books – need to order one right now!!!!

    • January 29, 2019 / 1:03 pm

      Thank you so much Jo! I’d defo recommend the tracing book, it is so calming and nostalgic too 🙂 <3 xx

  22. January 28, 2019 / 6:29 pm

    I love being creative. I don’t always have the time for it, but it’s definitely something I should do more of.

    • January 29, 2019 / 1:06 pm

      Thank you Bianca, I love being creative too, sometimes I wish there was more time for it <3 xx

  23. January 28, 2019 / 6:49 pm

    Great post Bexa and they can definitely help the mindset. It can give a positive focus!

    • January 29, 2019 / 1:12 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment Faisal! <3 xx

  24. January 28, 2019 / 6:58 pm

    This is SO true! Whenever I’m feeling down or ‘off’ I reach for my saxophone because music is the solution to all things emotional in my world. There’s something about playing music that allows me to express the emotions and feelings I won’t otherwise share with the world.
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

    • January 29, 2019 / 1:19 pm

      Thanks Britt! I love that, playing a musical instrument is such a fun way to get creative. I get the same feeling when I play my guitar, I can instantly feel the stress melting away 🙂 <3 xx

  25. January 28, 2019 / 7:45 pm

    Other than writing, the most creative I have been lately is reading your post and feeling inspired:) I am thankful and so happy that my actual job is to be creative whether it’s with words or with graphics which I love. It’s the happiest I have been with my career in about 15 years. So Yes – I totally agree that it hugely improves mental health. I used to paint a lot and scrapbook, it is now replaced by the digital version of it, but it still makes me happy every day. One day I really hope to get passionate about painting again.

    • January 29, 2019 / 1:31 pm

      Aww, thank you so much for the sweet comment Madi! You are so kind. That’s so awesome that your job is creative and it makes you so happy! That sounds like the dream 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  26. January 28, 2019 / 8:10 pm

    So, so true.
    Doing something creative always help with my mood. I love to draw (mostly doodle), paint, make things in clay, cross stitch and so many other things. And as you say it’s the achivement. And especially for me (because I’m a writer and seeing a finished product can take soooo long) it means so much to have those other activities that lets me see a finished product 😀

    • January 29, 2019 / 1:47 pm

      Thank you so much lovely! I love that you have so many creative hobbies! It’s awesome to see the finished product, it always feel so rewarding. I’m glad you enjoyed the post <3 xx

  27. January 28, 2019 / 8:36 pm

    Yes to all of these! There’s something relaxing and calming about taking some colours to a blank page or a colouring book and switching off for a few hours. It’s something I’ve found that has helped me massively when it comes to my mental health. I’ve never considered flicking through a magazine or something similar and trying out new things. I should probably give that a go, maybe from something on Pinterest, and see how creating something new turns out. You’ve inspired me to find time this week to try something new! It’s wonderful that being creative has helped you and your mental health. Your photos are always bursting with colour. Your projects are always cute and fun. Your posts are always inspiring. Thank you for sharing, Bexa!

    • January 29, 2019 / 1:59 pm

      Thank you so much for the sweet and thoughtful comment Kelly! I agree, making a blank page all colourful is such a calming and rewarding feeling 🙂 Pinterest is such a good way to feel inspired, I like to check it regularly and see what catches my eye. Yay! I’m so happy this post has encouraged you to try something new, that’s so awesome! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and thank you so much for the kind words <3 xx

  28. January 28, 2019 / 8:48 pm

    I love the photos in this, they are bursting with colour and creativity. I absolutely love colouring books, I used to be more creative with painting and things, but recently I’ve been loving writing creatively again!
    Hels xxx

    • January 29, 2019 / 2:01 pm

      Thank you so much Hels! Creative writing sounds like such an enjoyable thing to do <3 xx

  29. January 28, 2019 / 8:57 pm

    I couldn’t agree with your points more, I always feel so satisfied when I do something creative and even better when I finish something I’ve been working on! Reading this has really made me want to set more time aside for more creative projects!x

    • January 29, 2019 / 2:01 pm

      Thank you so much Lorna! Yay! I’m so happy this has inspired you to spend more time being creative, that is brilliant! <3 xx

  30. January 28, 2019 / 9:49 pm

    Thank you for this post. You’re so right. I (foolishly) set myself the challenge of doing a twelve days of bookish crafts blogmas at Christmas and even though I was frazzled with a young baby and toddler, busy getting things ready for Christmas and didn’t really have time to be doing it I felt *so* much better for carving out that time to focus on making something and being creative every day.

    • January 29, 2019 / 2:05 pm

      Thank you so much Siobhan! I love the idea of setting yourself a craft challenge, that is a great way to stay focused and motivated. I’m glad you felt better for doing it even though it was a busy time! Well done! <3 xx

  31. January 28, 2019 / 10:56 pm

    Your photos are beautiful here! I think I cook for the same reasons! I wish that I could do something creative but I’m not talented enough for that 😂. But I think cooking something new gives me that same sense of achievement, refocuses the mind and less screen time, which is something I’m really trying to work on this year! Such a great post. I think it’s important that everyone has some sort of outlet x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • January 29, 2019 / 2:18 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Sophie! I would say you are super creative with your recipes and baking, you always give me so many new ideas so thank you! I agree, I think everyone needs their own form of creativity 🙂 <3 xx

  32. January 29, 2019 / 12:46 am

    Hey Bexa!
    Great post on how creativity can benefit mental health. It just feels great to use the creative side of your brain, right?
    I’m not the best at things but I love trying new things which is why I started blogging, painting, and creating my own printables at home for my kids. It’s lots of hard work but rewarding and fun to create something new ans explore possibilities.

    • January 29, 2019 / 2:20 pm

      Thank you so much Alice! Blogging is such a good way to get creative, I love that you create your own printables too, that is really awesome! I agree, it’s so fun to be creative and the possibilities are endless! <3 xx

  33. January 29, 2019 / 2:04 am

    I love this. I always try to do creative things and now I understand why I always to do more. I’ll try to put more conscious effort after this because being artsy and creative really do make me more motivated plus I really need that less screen time.

    • January 29, 2019 / 2:25 pm

      Thank you so much! I love that being creative means less screen time too, it’s a win win 🙂 <3 xx

  34. January 29, 2019 / 9:21 am

    Totally agree with the less screen time tip! It helps so much and gives me more time to focus on myself. I definitely need to get back to scrapbooking xx

    http://www.lifeasnajida.co.uk

    • January 29, 2019 / 2:32 pm

      Thanks so much! I love scrapbooking, it is such a relaxing and creative hobby! <3 xx

  35. January 29, 2019 / 9:43 am

    Great post as always Bexa =) If I’m having a hard time with my anxiety, writing or doodling help me get out of my own head. I still need to try tracing, for some reason colouring books don’t do much for me but I really enjoy drawing zentangles. I don’t know if you’ve come across that before? Its like repetitive, meditative doodling, I keep meaning to write a post about it sometime. Thanks for all the inspiration, your posts always make me feel more creative, especially your gorgeous photos.

    Take care,
    Hayley xx
    educatinghayley.com

    • January 29, 2019 / 2:34 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment Hayley. I’ve never tried zentangles but I’ve seen photos and they always look so intricate and beautiful. I’d love to see your designs sometime 🙂 I’m so happy my posts make you feel more creative, that is such a lovely thing to say! <3 xx

  36. January 29, 2019 / 8:17 pm

    I totally agree with you on all of these! It’s very rare I do creative activities now as I’m not a very creative person at all but in my old job when I’d had a bad day or I was really stressed I’d often come home and get my colouring book out as a way to switch off and help me relax, I should really get back into it!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    • January 30, 2019 / 12:49 pm

      Thanks so much Jess! I would say you are very creative, especially with your makeup looks, they are always so pretty 🙂 I agree, colouring is such a nice way to switch off and relax after a stressful day 🙂 <3 xx

  37. Michelle Blackadar
    January 29, 2019 / 8:20 pm

    wonderful post bexa! one thing that really helps my depression is redecorating because to go with the theme of your post it allows me to have self expression. I have a notebook that is my ‘mental health bullet journal’ where I can just write or draw whatever i need. it has some check lists for when I feel certain ways and just anything mental health related in bright colors. it’s amazing how much creativity can help us x

    mich / simplymich.com

    • January 30, 2019 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you so much Mich! Redecorating is such a great way to be creative and express your own personal style 🙂 I love the idea of a mental health bullet journal, bright colours always make me feel instantly happier too! I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  38. January 29, 2019 / 8:20 pm

    I love this post! I started like REALLY crafting late last year and I noticed my mental health improve DRASTICALLY. I always tell myself “I just need to craft something” when I’m in a bad place and it almost always works! I mainly do home decor projects (you should’ve seen my house at Christmas LOL) and my husband has gotten into woodworking and is quite good at it! I hope I can pass this love of crafting down to our kid. He seems to have a bit of a creative bug himself!

    • January 30, 2019 / 12:54 pm

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment! I am so happy that you have seen big improvements in your mental health, that is amazing. That’s so lovely that your whole family is creative too, I would have loved to see your house at Christmas, ha ha! <3 xx

  39. January 29, 2019 / 8:42 pm

    I’m definitely with you on this! I find writing and taking pictures really helps me when I’m having down days and I’ve recently taken up those intricate colouring books to help me focus and relax. I loved this post!

    Love,
    Soph x
    http://www.sophie-elise.co.uk

    • January 30, 2019 / 1:06 pm

      Thank you so much Soph! I have seen those intricate colouring books and would love to give one a try, I imagine it is such a good way to re-focus and calm the mind <3 xx

  40. January 29, 2019 / 8:55 pm

    This is so true. I have always been a creative person and loved making cards and colouring in. Whenever I teach my students art, I join in and make something too – creativity really does have a link to mental health! I spent a whole day sewing on Sunday, and although it was frustrating at times I felt so much better afterwards! And I spent a day away from my laptop and phone. I felt so at peace by the end of the day! I think more people should do creative things!

    • January 30, 2019 / 1:16 pm

      Thank you so much Kat! A whole day sewing sounds like such a productive way to spend a Sunday 🙂 I’d love to learn something like that, I imagine it is so rewarding when you finish a project. Time away from the screens is always a good thing, so win win. I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  41. January 29, 2019 / 9:03 pm

    This is a fab post. I totally agree with you, creativity really does improve mental health. I think keeping your mind busy and expressing yourself through creativity is pretty amazing for your mental health. Blogging for one is a creative activity and it definitely helps me and improves my mental health. I used to draw a lot, it was one of my favourite things to do but I haven’t done it for a long while and I think that’s something that really helped me. Lovely post as always <3 xx

    • January 30, 2019 / 1:32 pm

      Thank you so much Chloe! That’s so true, blogging is such a fantastic creative outlet and a great way to focus on something positive. I used to enjoy drawing too before I started blogging but I haven’t done any recently either. I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  42. January 29, 2019 / 9:36 pm

    Great post!💕 Beautiful photos and colors. Love scrapbooking.

    • January 30, 2019 / 1:51 pm

      Thank you so much, scrapbooking is awesome! <3 xx

  43. January 30, 2019 / 6:26 am

    I love this post. I agree with everything that you mentioned. I am not usually crafty or anything of sort but whenever I feel a bit down i refuhe my feelings in my journal which is so therapeutic. I started having a journal since i was like 11 years old so it has been my way to go in so many cases. Thanks for sharing❣🌹

    • January 30, 2019 / 1:52 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m the same, writing thoughts and feelings in a journal really helps to get clarity and perspective. It’s such a therapeutic activity! I’m glad you enjoyed the post <3 xx

  44. Melissa Kacar
    January 30, 2019 / 7:23 am

    I completely agree! Like you said as well, I’m happiest when I’m making something. Whenever I paint or do a craft it makes me so happy. Whenever I take the time to do any of these things I see a significant difference in my mental state. Its a creative outlet for me to put my energy into and distract myself from whatever is going on in my life. Thanks for sharing, great post as always! 🙂

    melissakacar.blogspot.com

    • January 30, 2019 / 2:08 pm

      Thank you so much Melissa! I agree, doing crafts is such a great way to distract yourself from other things! I’m glad it makes you happy too! Thanks for your kind words <3 xx

  45. January 30, 2019 / 9:21 am

    I really enjoyed reading this blog post lovely. I do agree that being creative can have a totally positive effect on your mental health. 💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

    • January 30, 2019 / 2:13 pm

      Thank you so much Alisha! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post <3 xx

  46. January 30, 2019 / 1:49 pm

    This is lovely, Bexa. I adore your creativity posts (scrapbooking, colouring, baking, decopatch, Christmas crafts) they’re always so colourful and inspiring. I don’t tend to do very much hands on creativity (bar a little decopatch with Flora from time to time) but I do find being out in my garden relaxes me in a way that nothing else comes close to. Pottering around, deadheading, weeding, pruning, sowing seeds, planting bulbs, lifting and dividing, they all allow me to switch off and clear my mind. Of course the end result takes a lot longer to see (!) but there’s always a real sense of wonder and achievement when something bursts into flower or fruit. Lovely post, thank you for sharing and being so positive 🙂 xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • January 30, 2019 / 2:31 pm

      Aww, thanks so much for the lovely comment Lisa! Gardening sounds like such a wonderful and therapeutic creative outlet. I know I always love reading your gardening posts and look forward to seeing all your beautiful flowers and fruits each month. It must be such a rewarding feeling when all your hard work pays off and the garden comes to life! 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the post and thank you again for your kind words <3 xx

  47. January 30, 2019 / 3:09 pm

    I loved this post Bexa. I agree with what you say about how distraction can be so important when we’re having a bad day or feeling low. Achieving something you’ve created yourself definitely gives a good feeling and peps you up! I like listening to podcasts when I need a distraction, I find it keeps me grounded and takes my mind off any negative thoughts. Fab post as always and a very important subject to highlight. Have a lovely evening! x

    Samantha | https://thebeautyspyglass.com

    • January 30, 2019 / 5:16 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Samantha! Listening to podcasts is such a great way to distract yourself and learn something new and inspirational as well. I defo need to do it more often, there are so many good ones out there! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and have a wonderful evening too! <3 xx

  48. January 30, 2019 / 4:34 pm

    I can’t remember the last time I did something that was creative away from my phone or laptop. I’ve been saying I want to start a scrapbook or vision board, I even have all the bits for it apart from washi tape (where can I buy some?) and I still haven’t got round to it. I definitely see a difference in my mental health when I make time to be creative away from technology and I’m left with my thoughts, music and a glue stick

    Such a helpful post, Thanks Bexa!

    Fran | http://www.franciscarockey.co.uk

    • January 30, 2019 / 5:22 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind comment Fran! Scrapbooking is so much fun and a great way to relax! Paperchase do a nice range of washi, I also find that just searching on Etsy or Amazon you can pick up some pretty tapes which are cheap too. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and hope you enjoy scrapbooking! <3 xx

  49. January 30, 2019 / 10:29 pm

    I completely enjoy writing. I feel like writing is so therapeutic and an excellent way to express your thoughts in private without speaking a word to anyone, greatest way to vent😁 You’re so right, creative expression in any form is so good for the soul. You are so inspiring and continue to spread positive energy in all the posts I read by you ❤️

    Natonya | https://justnatonya.wordpress.com

    • February 1, 2019 / 11:41 am

      Thank you so much for the kind comment Natonya! I’m so glad you enjoy my posts, that is lovely to hear 🙂 I agree, writing really is therapeutic and good for the soul, it’s defo a good way to express feelings without upsetting anyone, he he! <3 xx

  50. January 31, 2019 / 12:54 am

    Enjoyed your post on the “5 Ways Creativity Improves Your Mental Health. It does give you a feeling of achievement while helping to insprire many more wonderful ideas. I love making DIY crafts whether its making pierced earrings or having fun with foam sheet designs.

    • February 1, 2019 / 11:52 am

      Thank you so much Deb! I am so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 You are such a creative person, I always enjoy visiting your blog to see what you have been making! <3 xx

  51. January 31, 2019 / 3:02 am

    How colourful and helpful! I feel good too when I accomplish something especially the one that shows my creativity. I finished my toddler’s first photobook finally the other day after years of planning and compiling and the feeling was overwhelming haha. Nice to find your blog!

    http://www.busyandfab.com

    • February 1, 2019 / 12:05 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment! A photobook for your toddler sounds like such a sweet and thoughtful idea, it’s such a nice way to look back on special memories 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the post <3 xx

  52. January 31, 2019 / 10:51 am

    I completely agree with all of these points, Bexa. Although it’s only in the past year that I’ve really allowed my creative side to come through, it’s really helped me, especially as a way of expression. My counsellor even said to me “on the days when you’re feeling overwhelmed, just create something – doodle, paint, write anything that comes to mind – and it will help you get some of it out there.” And it does, even when my creation looks messy, it brings about a sense of relief. I really loved this post!

    • February 1, 2019 / 12:49 pm

      Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment Ruth! That is such brilliant advice, and I agree, even if it is just a doodle it does make me feel better too. A sense of relief is such a good way of describing it! I’m glad you enjoyed the post lovely <3 xx

  53. February 2, 2019 / 6:43 am

    I am digging the vibes of this post – we need to find ways and actually do them to improve our mental health. Who knew that coloring books are useful for people of all ages. I like the idea of self-expression as well. Having a private journal can make you open up for a judgment-free zone. I’ve been using my devices less these days and it made a HUGE difference!! I always love looking at your scrapbook outcomes!! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    • February 3, 2019 / 5:39 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Nancy! I agree, journalling is a great way to express yourself without fear of judgement. Less screen time defo has so many benefits. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and my scrapbooks too! <3 xx

  54. February 7, 2019 / 10:00 pm

    This is a great post, thank you for sharing, I couldn’t agree more 😀 Getting creative had completely changed my outlook towards the end of last year. Especially writing! It has this amazing capability to let the mind wonder away from negative thinking and doing something GOOD!! xx

    • February 8, 2019 / 4:49 pm

      Thank you so much for the lovely comment Rebecca! That’s awesome! I am so glad writing has had such a positive effect, creativity really is fantastic! <3 xx

  55. February 10, 2019 / 8:36 pm

    This literally makes so much sense it just kinda hit me why I’ve been blue lately. I need to really get back into drawing/painting, and making things. That’s when I feel the best! Thanks for sharing! I really appreciate this!! You have no idea! <3

    Be blessed!!

    • February 11, 2019 / 10:33 am

      Aww, thank you so much for the sweet comment Samantha! I’m so glad the posted helped you, that’s fantastic! <3 xx

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