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Exploring the Kaleidoscope of Creative Outlets: Unleashing Your Inner Artist

Updated: Jul 1, 2023


Boost Your Mental Health with Fun and Unique Creative Outlets

Creative Outlets for mental health, and trauma survivors


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In today's fast-paced world, finding ways to prioritize our mental health is crucial. While traditional methods like exercise and therapy are effective, why not spice things up with some fun and unique creative outlets? Engaging in creative activities not only helps us express ourselves but also promotes relaxation, self-reflection, and personal growth. So, let's embark on a journey of self-discovery and explore these delightful and unconventional creative outlets that can give your mental health a joyful boost.

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Art Journaling:


Grab a blank journal (like this Vintage Leather Notebook), some colorful pens, paints, or markers, and let your creativity flow onto the pages. Art journaling is a fantastic way to combine writing, drawing, and collage to express your emotions and thoughts visually. Use this outlet to unleash your inner artist and process your feelings in a visually captivating and therapeutic way.


art journal with images and text pieces


Improv Theater:


Join an improv theater class or gather some friends for a hilarious improv session. Improvisational acting promotes spontaneity, boosts confidence, and encourages creative thinking. It's an excellent outlet for stepping out of your comfort zone, embracing vulnerability, and having a good laugh – all while sharpening your wit and enhancing your mental agility. (Link to games like Pictionary or cards against humanity)


three silhouettes of people acting on a red curtain backdrop


Dance Therapy:


Turn up the music, let loose, and dance like nobody's watching! Dance therapy combines movement, music, and self-expression to release emotions, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being. You don't need to be a professional dancer; simply move your body to the rhythm and experience the uplifting power of dance. (affiliate partners' curated playlists or dance classes)


a man and a woman dancing hip-hop style


Sound Healing:


Dive into the world of sound healing through instruments like singing bowls, chimes, or drums. Allow the soothing sounds and vibrations to wash over you, calming your mind and promoting relaxation. You can attend sound healing workshops, create your own soundscapes, or simply listen to recorded sound healing sessions to restore balance and harmony within. (Discover high-quality sound healing tools)


a woman laying down with a sound bowl on her, and another woman is using the sound bowl with a wooden tool.


Creative Writing:


Grab a pen and paper or open a blank document on your computer and let your imagination soar through creative writing. Write stories, poems, or even your own personal memoirs. Creative writing allows you to explore your thoughts, channel your emotions, and unlock the power of storytelling for personal growth and self-reflection.



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Gardening and Plant Care:


Connect with nature and nurture your mental health through gardening. Whether you have a small balcony garden or a spacious backyard, tending to plants can be incredibly therapeutic. Get your hands dirty, watch plants grow, and enjoy the calming effects of being surrounded by nature. (article: plants and their meanings and how they affect the mind and mood)


a lush garden with many flowers, mostly pink and red


DIY Crafts and Upcycling:


Engage in DIY crafts and upcycling projects to unleash your creativity and give new life to old items. From repurposing furniture to creating handmade jewelry or transforming everyday objects into works of art, DIY projects offer a sense of accomplishment, boost self-esteem, and provide an outlet for self-expression.


DIY lightbulb and string hanging vases


Comedy and Laughter Yoga:


They say laughter is the best medicine, and they're not wrong! Engage in activities that make you laugh, such as attending comedy shows or joining laughter yoga classes. Laughter yoga combines laughter exercises and deep breathing to release tension, reduce stress, and boost your mood. (laughter yoga resources and comedy events through our affiliate partners)




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Lastly:


Remember, mental health is a journey, and finding the right creative outlet for you may take some exploration. Embrace these fun and unique creative outlets, and allow them to be a source of joy, self-expression, and mental well-being. Experiment with different activities, listen to your intuition, and discover what resonates with you. Let your creativity flourish and watch as your mental health thrives through these delightful and unconventional avenues of self-care.


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Healing Hope

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For as long as I can remember, I have been depressed and suicidal with self harm tendencies. I thought I was crazy. Why did I feel this way when I'd had a generally normal childhood, with good and loving parents? I had no idea that this was not the full story. As I gradually slipped into my twenties, I started unearthing the horrors of my childhood, and I still am. There are a lot of things I still cannot accept-  and if I am honest, I often loose hope. That's why I want to spread information and my experiences, to hopefully create a community that supports each other, and heals our broken hope. Together walking this treacherous journey of healing from childhood trauma and abuse; this climb to safety and a healthy mind.

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