Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, managing the care of your home and family, or a woman in the workplace, hustling from 9 to 5, you are certain to be wearing a lot of hats. All that giving and serving can’t go on without consistent self care. Whatever the demands on your time are, it’s important to carve out some space for you to be refreshed and refueled at least once a week. Each of us has the capacity and even the need for creativity, but how do you make time to fit it in? If you are pressed for time, here are 10 simple outlets for your creative self that can take anywhere from 15 minutes a day to a few hours a week.
Decorate for the Changing Seasons - With February behind us, it’s the perfect time to switch out those decorations and freshen up your space. Celebrate the beauty of the season and take some time to create an environment that you love being in.
Try a Coloring Book - Break out some colored pencils or markers and a book like this to unwind with your inner child. Totally ok if you don’t stay inside the lines.
Take a Painting Class - Taking a guided painting class for a few hours in an evening is a great way to get your feet wet with a new creative outlet. These classes are so popular right now and loads of fun because you can do them with friends (double win!) and sometimes they are accompanied by snacks and adult beverages (triple win!) Once you get comfortable experimenting with brushes and paint you may even decide to try something on your own.
Keep a Journal - If you enjoy writing, try carrying a notebook with you or set aside time to journal during your day. Use it to make a list of what you’re thankful for, write poetry or simply process your day. Bonus: Try hand-lettering some of your writing excerpts for another fun outlet.
Make Food from Scratch - Not only is this healthier for you, but cooking or baking in itself is a creative activity. This is less about creating a Pinterest-worthy dish and so much more about enjoying the process and a delicious home-cooked meal.
Plant Flowers - I always find gardening soothing and satisfying as I create a beautiful space in my yard. But even if you don’t have room outside to work, many container gardens are suitable for indoors too. Some garden centers even have classes on how to create potted arrangements, or just check out this link for ideas to tackle on your own.
Learn a New Skill - Places like Michaels or Jo-ann Fabric and Craft Stores offer a number of different classes that you can take for a few hours on a weekend or weeknight. Learn anything from cake decorating to how to make a wreath.
Take a Walk & Bring Your Camera - Go out for some exercise and keep your eyes peeled for interesting visuals. Be on the lookout for bold colors and patterns, interesting shapes or beautiful details you might normally overlook. No need to be a professional for this - your phone will work just fine.
Create a Homemade Card and Send it via Snail Mail - Whether you do this digitally (maybe with a photo from your walk…) or use scrapbooking paper and embellishments from your local craft store, creating a homemade card and sending it in the mail is both a work-of-art and a thoughtful gift.
Join Creative Bug - You really cannot beat Creative Bug’s service for under $5 a month (plus they offer a free trial if you want to test it out). They have a huge selection of art and craft classes from knitting to jewelry making, and you can do something quick and easy or more involved, depending on your time allowance.
Wherever you decide to apply your creativity, just remember it’s important to set aside this time for yourself every week. It will provide you with a little escape from your regular responsibilities plus refresh and refuel you to be able to go back and do what you do with renewed energy and inspiration. And you never know what new skills and interests you may develop along the way!