Whether you’d like to lower stress levels, express creativity or simply improve your mood, crafting can be an enjoyable way to strengthen your mental health by promoting positive thoughts, behaviours and emotions.
The best thing about arts and crafts is that you don’t need any special skills to start. We’ve collected some creative ideas for you to try at home that are fun, inexpensive and could have a positive impact on your wellbeing.
Here’s some inspiration…
Take any sheet of paper (or notepad) and divide it into small squares (around 3cm x 3cm).
Within each square make a small drawing for each day to create a visual diary of your week, month or year. If you are setting yourself wellbeing goals to work towards, you can focus your drawings on your goals. For example, something you saw when you were out for a walk or a picture of all the healthy food you ate for tea.
Fill your pages with drawings of your world, for as long as it’s fun. The more you draw, the easier it will become! Get creative!
More craft ideas
Colouring is proven to be a fantastic stress-buster for some people. Shading in intricate designs allows you to take a quick break and relax. The task is enough to keep your mind occupied without being too stressful or taxing. It can also be comforting as it’s nostalgic as well.
You can colour in our Hello postcard which you can download from our website.
Make your own Wellbeing Toolkit
Find a box, it could be an old shoe box or cardboard box and decorate it!
You could choose to do this with flyers, newspapers, scraps of fabric, paint or pens. It’s a great opportunity to get creative.
Once you have finished decorating, fill it with your favourite things.
This could include, a book, photographs, positive affirmation cards, tea and your favourite snacks.
Save the box for a day when you need a little pick me up to brighten up your day.
Try creative writing
Creative writing can be a great way to improve your mental health. This is because it encourages people to choose words, metaphors and images in a way that really captures what they’re trying to convey. This creative decision-making can lead to increased self-awareness and self-esteem as well as improved mental health.
Why not try writing your own poem about something you’ve experienced or something new you learned.
Find out more about Health in Mind’s next Poetry Collection. Your poem could be included in the next collection.