Mindful colouring books
Mindful colouring books have become popular over the last several years. Some of them have patterns and mandalas, others may have images of scenery or animals. There are books with simple designs that can be completed quickly whereas others are more intricate and take longer.
The beauty of these colouring books is that anyone of any artistic ability can enjoy completing the images within them. There are also appears to be various benefits from colouring in, some of which include, quieting a busy mind, reducing negative thoughts, reducing feelings of stress and anxiety and promoting feelings of relaxation.
There have been various studies showing the many benefits to Mindful colouring in. One such study was undertaken by Curry & Kasser (2005) . The outcome of their suggests that colouring in patterns and mandalas can promote a meditative states and reduce feelings of anxiety.
All you need to get started is a colouring book and a selection of coloured pencils, pens, or crayons.
Creative writing is about using our imagination to the express thoughts and feelings, as opposed to presenting facts to others. Creative writing can take many different forms, such as poetry, a short story or a play.
Writing can help to give a different perspective on an issue, increase awareness and insight, reduce negative thoughts and emotions.
There are many books and short courses that can be found on creative writing. There may be a creative writing group who meet regularly and are local to you.
If creative writing feels too daunting you might want to give journalling a go. With journalling you can be as uncreative or as creative as you would like to be. It can be equally effective for increasing well-being as creative writing can be.
If you want to know more about getting starting with journaling click here to read my blog on this. I also have a blog on books I have found useful for journalling and this can be accessed by clicking here.
Art as a social activity
There may be somewhere local to you that offers a space and workshops that are focused on boosting well-being through creative medium.
There is such a place in Durham called ‘RT Projects’ whose aim is to improve mental health through art. Anyone of any ability is welcomed. For more information you can visit their website at https://rtprojects.org.uk/
Many towns and villages often offer regular craft gatherings, knitting groups or creative writing gatherings.
Curry, N.A., and Kasser, T. (2005). Can Coloring Mandalas Reduce Anxiety. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. 22(2) pp. 81-85