A creative outlet can be the difference between sinking or swimming, they can be helpful tools to channel our anger and frustrations and sadness into something else, whilst increasing our skill of something we enjoy. The sense of achievement I feel after writing a post I’m really proud of can be enough to drag me out of a depressive slump and get me feeling productive and motivated again.
I’ve always been a creative person, so I’ve tried most of the things on this list at some point, but if you don’t know where to start, or would like to try something new, here are some ideas:
Even if you can only draw stick men, this is a fairly easy and inexpensive hobby to pick up. No matter your style or skill level, most people can easily pass the time doodling. And if you’re really no good at it, there’s always colouring books.
Like drawing, this can be such a release, but this is something I’ve never been good at, although I wish I was. Luckily I follow a very talented painter who shares her amazing work online. You can buy Jemma’s art here.
- Making Music
I’m not musical at all, but my boyfriend plays the guitar and it always cheers him up when he’s feeling a bit low. My brother taught himself how to play the guitar and in just a year his progress is pretty impressive. Even just listening to music can drastically change your mood.
I can’t mention this without thinking of Leslie Knope, but it is a hobby I’ve always wanted to try. It’s a great way to relive memories such as family holidays, and keep them forever in a pretty little album.
You can rant about your day, make lists, or maybe try some bullet journalling to keep you organised and self aware. Journals can be great to look back through in years to come. Hang on to them.
Are you an avid reader who dreams of writing their own book one day? Creative writing is so therapeutic and you can write anything you want: short stories, long epics, mystery, comedy, poetry – you won’t know what you’re good at until you try it!
As well as being a valuable life skill, it’s also incredibly calming and rewarding once you have a finished piece, and once you’ve got the hang of it you can knit scarves for everyone on your Christmas list.
I love going for long walks and taking pictures of nature, and the bonus is that it encourages me to go outside which is so important for good mental health. There are an abundance of photo challenges out there if you lack inspiration, and as almost everyone has a smartphone now, this is one of the easiest hobbies to start today.
I love film; I’m obsessed with all the aspects that go into making one but I’ve never ha a go at it myself. You could go it alone, or gather a couple of friends and make a fun day of it. You could make a silly short film, a gripping thriller, or a thought provoking documentary. You’re the director!
Makeup is an art. I follow the incredibly talented Adele and I have no idea how she draws such intricate lines on her EYELID. There are plenty of tutorials out there to get you started – why not take that unloved palette out and give it a try?
- Cottage Crafts
Jewellery making, soap making, card making, the list goes on. You’ll be the best gifter at Christmas!
This is a great skill to learn if your depression has a tendency to make you feel useless. You can craft some really beautiful and unique items once you’re skilled enough.
You could create mods, apps, games, anything! If you’ve got a tech brain, this one’s for you. What would you create?
How therapeutic is cooking? Not only is it an important life skill you should definitely know how to do, but you get to eat as well! Check out The Anxious Cook to see really amazing recipes from someone who uses cooking as an outlet for their anxiety.
And finally we get to my main creative outlet – you’re on it right now! There are blogs and videos about anything nowadays: Lifestyle, fashion, travel, gaming, the list goes on. If you’re passionate about it, you can talk about it. You can even start a blog or a channel about one of the many hobbies listed above!
Did I miss any? What’s your creative outlet?