Unlock Your Creativity.

“Have you been redesigning your island on Animal Crossing or fabricating a world within The Sims? It all requires creativity and, baby, you got it!”

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The chances are that many of you may be reading this and thinking “I’m not creative, I could never paint a masterpiece or write a novel.” And, as an adult or adolescent, you wouldn’t be alone in thinking that. As we age our creativity is cultivated less and less. But as children, we’re taught to use our imaginations in order to play with our toys or create artwork in pre-school. As we grow older things become more calculated and in line with societal norms. So, that feeling of having lost your creativity isn’t unusual. But the truth is everyone has the ability to be creative in some way whether it be in the kitchen, the office or even playing video games.

Have you been redesigning your island on Animal Crossing or fabricating a world within The Sims? It all requires creativity and, baby, you got it!

Creativity promotes new ideas, helps our ability to solve problems, reduces stress and anxiety, and also acts as a way of self-expression. There are so many mind-altering benefits to being creative that not only encourage development in children but can also be very useful as a fully-fledged adult.


Why be creative?

I’ve talked about the many benefits of art on our mental health before, and honestly, the effects of creativity are very similar.

  • Being creative, no matter how you choose to do it, is an excellent way of promoting self-expression. Children are encouraged to paint, draw, and colour as a way of expressing how they feel. At a young age, we’re not adequately able to say what we mean, however as we get older we better learn how to communicate our wants, needs, and feelings to others in different ways. Therefore many of us feel like we no longer need art or creativity to convey these things. We fall out of the way of tapping into our creativity and, eventually, many forgot they even had any to begin with.
  • Stress relief is honestly my main reason for tapping into my creativity. I thought I’d left it behind me when I entered my ‘dream‘ career. Before I would have spent hours writing fiction, sketching, painting, and even designing Sims on the PC. But as soon as I clocked in, my creative side clocked out. I had no way of relieving my stress and so it just continued to build until my cup was completely empty.
  • By tapping into our creative side we’re better equip to come up with out of the box, problem-solving ideas! Not everything requires a straight forward answer, and often when at work or leisure, we’re faced with unusual circumstances. Having the ability to see beyond the usual solutions, and to come up with something completely different is a very useful skill to have and one that employers will often praise.
  • Oh, and let’s not forget creative freedom! The freedom to create what you want, in whatever way you want. When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings he not only created an entire universe, but he also created various languages, and creatures to go with it!

Five Small & simple ways you can be creative.
Keep a journal.

We’ve talked about keeping a journal and all the benefits it entails. Journals give us the opportunity to express ourselves in private. Although you can choose to keep a public journal, I find keeping a physical, private one to be much more freeing. Whether it’s physical or digital, you should use your normal as a way of being creatively free. You can draw, colour, write, scrapbook: The possibilities of a journal are endless.

If you’re on the hunt for some inspiration Design Bundles has a variety of both free and paid content. You can find anything from photoshop brushes to patterned backdrops that you can print and use in many different ways. My personal favourite is this gorgeous wolf design that I’ve printed and stuck in my own, personal diary.

Up-cycle old furniture.

Since moving into my own home over two years ago, I’ve acquired my fair share of vintage furniture. Many items came from family and friends, while others came from thrift stores. I LOVE sanding, stripping down, and re-cycling various pieces of furniture and decorations. It’s fairly simple too! Head onto Pinterest or Youtube and follow a simple tutorial to get you started. But be warned, once you start you’ll never want to stop!

I created this gorgeous picture for my bathroom using old skirting boards for the frame, cardboard for the backdrop & traditional tattoo prints for the main images! It took about three days to complete and I absolutely love it.

My recycled skirting boards turned into beautiful wall art!
Create graphics.

Whether you’re a blogger, Instagram influencer, or just like to update your Facebook timeline with personal quotes, there’s nothing like messing around on photoshop to get the creative juices flowing. If you’re a bit like me and useless with Adobe, you can always opt to use browser-based apps like Canva!

Need some inspiration? Design bundles have a multitude of graphics to choose from in both the free and paid category. You can even import them into Canva to create Pinterest images, blog headers, and even Instagram stories.

Create art using old, outdated canvases.

Bought a few canvas, put them up but now you’re sick of them? I do this all the time, especially when they’re cheap or on sale. But I don’t buy them to put up immediately. I buy them to paint over or modify to suit the vibe of a certain room. I’ve recycled so many canvases using acrylics, wall stickers, leftover wall paint, etc to create images more suited to what I need.

There are always cheap canvases available in thrift stores or bargain shops. Even if you don’t like the design, get it anyway and jazz it up in any way you want. It’s one of the best ways to leave your own mark on your home or the home of a friend.

Send decorative letters.

COVID-19 has left a lot of people communicating via messenger and even snail mail. My late grandmother and I always used to send letters to each other and these would often be beautifully decorated with a variety of stickers and coloured paper. Just sitting down to write and decorate a letter for a loved one can be a cathartic experience. Not only are you being creative in the way you write and design your letter, but you’re also putting thought into a personal letter for someone you love.

I’ve been using quite a few floral designs from the Flower (SVG) section of Design Bundles to decorate some of my letters. There are so many designs to choose from that I can’t help picking up some watercolor backgrounds to write on!

These flowers are gorgeous to use in a letter to your Nan.


How do you tap into your creative side? Do you have any go-to tools? I’d also love to hear about some of your creative projects in the comments!

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  2. I agree, creativity relieves stress and I need more of this. Thank you so much for sharing the tips.

  3. Such an eye-opening post! I need to be more creative now as I don’t spend time doing fun stuff. I do have a journal and need to look at the other options you have suggested here.

  4. Same! Even as a writer I struggle to get the beginning of a post onto paper sometimes. And that’s sometimes purely down to the time of day or how I’m feeling internally. Often when I step back or just get started it goes away and I can get started.

  5. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it and I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed being creative through writing.

  6. I love this post. Growing up, I used to admire creative people and think that I wasn’t creative. That is until I picked up a camera. I’ve been a professional photographer for 17 years now and do other creative stuff. You never know unless you try. πŸ™‚

  7. My creativity is writing and it helps me when I am anxious. Creativity also matters in therapy because of the nature of the therapeutic relationship. A willingness from both client and therapist to test ideas and to explore themes, is what will often lead to discoveries and eventually positive therapeutic change.

  8. I’m right there with you on that realization. Now I’m more creative than ever because I understand my need for a creative outlet of some description. But for years I buried it where no one could see it.

  9. Thank you so much for stopping in and reading! I hope I’ve helped you unlock some ideas! Now go out there and create!

  10. Yeah, it can take a lot of time but I have really been enjoying it as of late. I have a full dresser to makeover once I have the ‘get up and go’ to do so.

  11. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Getting creative and having this blog really helped me when my Gran passed. It gave me something else to think about and act on rather than swimming in grief.

  12. I keep saying I’m going to start a journal, I started a few weeks ago and stopped. It’s funny how I keep reading about the great benefits but can’t commit. I really need to get out my own way. This is an amazing post!

  13. These are great ideas! We can all get creative using the differing gifts that we have. And yes, it is a stress-reliever indeed.

  14. I would love to do some creative projects! I did refinish a solid wood table a few months ago, and I loved it. It would be fun to do some more creative things.

  15. Ahh, thanks for the tips! I’ve always been creative but lately, lockdown has gotten me a bit devoid of inspiration. Definitely need to do some unlocking again!

  16. I never think of myself as a creative person, yet I always enjoy drawing and colouring with my kids. I find it very relaxing . Maybe I have still got a lit bit of creativity in me! Your post has given me great ideas to tap into my creativity. Thank you.

  17. I’ve been journaling again since lockdown and it has helped me in so many ways. I really do feel more at peace but also creative again in my writing and expression.

  18. Yeah do agree with you..everyone is creative but the only thing is that he or she are not aware of own values…well this blog post is truly very motivating and helpful for every of reader..glad to know that you shared this with us…Thanks indeed for sharing..great work though…

  19. As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression, I do find that expressing myself creatively does wonders! Whether it’s art, writing or photography.

  20. Great tips. I used to be creative when I did art in school but then it just fizzled out. Tbh I don’t tend to have the patience for creative things now! I wish I did though.

  21. I used to write poems a lot when I was a teenager, but I have not done so when I started raising a family. I should try writing again. It helps me express thoughts and feelings that others might not understand if I verbalize it.

  22. Great ideas! It took me longer than I would like to admit to realize that creativity is actually an essential part of being a successful adult, at least for me. I’ve always struggled to acknowledge my creativity – like, if I wasn’t adept at Adobe or a specific art skill, then I wasn’t “creative.” Now, I use social media and my blog to tap into a creative side. Love these ideas to take it to the next level, thank you! ????

  23. Thank you so much for sharing this! It’s definitely a lot harder to stay creative as an adult!

  24. Ohhh, this post is right up my alley. I do it all hun! Expressing myself creatively keeps me sharp, lifts my mood and helps me to organize my thoughts. This has done wonders in getting my anxiety in check!

  25. My creative outlet is definitely writing and I find it very helpful the older I get. Thank you for showing me other ways of being creative too. I love trying new things.

  26. My creative outlets, which for me is mostly writing, but I do attempt other stuff sometimes, is vital for my mental health. Everyone has that creative thing that will bring so much good to them, you just have to allow yourself to find it.

  27. These are such great suggestions, I feel like my art, graphics, and fanfictions keep me young and happy. I’m working on a little project like the old DA art meme was draw your OC in 6 art styles, so I am doing that with a twist, it’s with Harry and Hermione from Harry Potter, and I have a new idea for a fanart, and I am working on some fanfictions.

  28. For years I went with the philosophy that I was not creative because I was no good t art subjects at school! But since entering my 30s, I have found my creative flare! And you’r right, it is such a stress reliever! My canvases sounds really fun, this is something I’m going to try myself! xxx

  29. I feel like I’ve had a lot more time to be creative during this period but some of these I’ve yet to try. I used to upcycle furniture a lot and I really miss it but it does require quite a bit of time to do.

  30. These are fun suggestions. I’ve been meaning to upcycle some furniture for a while now – I picked it up, but haven’t taken the time to actually get the work done. I think I need to try to find some time to make that happen and give myself that chance to enjoy some ‘creative’ time. Thank you for the inspiration!

  31. Journaling is such a great creative outlet. Before my blog I regularly kept a bullet journal and really had fun with it!

  32. I love the letter writing idea. I get outside with my camera to help stay creative. I also journal but have been slacking on that in the last month. ????

  33. Creativity is an immense gift that in my opinion should never be missing in people, especially in adulthood. It is always to be cultivated!

  34. Thanks for sharing- I started blog writing as I realised I did nothing creative and needed an outlet to express myself.

    Being able to craft out posts and design graphics is very satisfying!

  35. I love this post. Those designs are gorgeous as well.

    I found making cards after Mum passed away really really helped me. I could lose myself for hours and it was exactly what I needed at that time x x

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