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Feeling stressed and anxious? Try one of these creative outlets

If you’re feeling stressed or just out of sorts with all that is going on, why not try one of these stress-beating hobbies?


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Stress and anxiety are things we have all most likely experienced at some point in our lives. This year, it has reached another level. How can we deal with stress and anxiety during this time?

There are many different ways, like listening to music, talking to a friend (even if it is a video call), exercising or meditating. One way that is not mentioned often, is to be creative. Crafting is seen as a highly effective way to reduce stress and anxiety.

Benefits of creative crafting for stress management

You might think you do not have a creative bone in your body, but that’s just not true. Everybody can be creative in some form; you just have to find something you enjoy. Not only can it be fun, but there are many benefits to crafting as well:

• Crafting helps you to relax and reduces restlessness
• It can help to boost your confidence, and is especially great for kids
• It may help to improve problem-solving skills
• It improves concentration
• It has also been found to improve memory
• Crafting assists with sleeplessness

Those who regularly knit or perform other creative tasks find that their focus shifts to the immediate and the moment they are in. Worries and anxieties take a back seat.

Performing a focused task also helps get rid of negative energy. Creative crafting is also a great alternative to sitting in front of the television or computer when it comes to entertainment. Crafting has also been recommended to help treat those who suffer from dementia and PTSD.

What creative crafting options are out there?

There are numerous crafting ideas out there — you only need to use your imagination. You don’t have to follow the conventional. You can come up with something unique if you want. To get you started though, here are a few traditional ideas that have stood the test of time.

Knit and crochet your way to stress-free moments

Learning to knit or crochet is a fun and productive way to keep yourself busy. Your creations can be given away as gifts or you could even start your own small business. You can also include cross-stitching, sewing and embroidery. These do take some skill to learn but can easily be done by anybody who wishes to try. As your skill level increases, so can the items you make. You may soon be knitting your own winter jerseys in no time.


Creating objects out of wood, from toys to furniture, has many emotional as well as personal benefits. You may even be able to make a career out of it.


This craft takes a lot of patience, but it’s worth the wait and effort for the final product. This involves decorating objects by glueing paper, cutouts and other decorative elements to the surface. Examples include jewellery boxes, serving trays, pot plant holders and lots more.


Creating lasting memories within an album using special decorative paper and other elements is very fulfilling and you will have memories that last a lifetime.


Painting with watercolours, acrylics or pastels is a great stress reliever. You don’t have to be Picasso as there is no wrong or right way if you simply want to have fun.


Learn how to capture the perfect image. There are several online tutorials that can help you, and with the quality of phone cameras these days, you don’t even need expensive photographic equipment.

Colouring pages and books

This seems to have become quite popular over the past few years. You can easily find colouring books in the stores, often each one with a specific theme. This requires no skill at all but is extremely relaxing and satisfying once completed.

Diamond dot painting

This is great for young and old alike and requires no skill. Create beautiful designs by using resin dots, each different colours. The process is similar to paint by numbers.

Rock painting

Take a smooth rock and paint it. There are even DIY kits available and the options are endless. Children enjoy this too, so make it a family activity.

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