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How to Practice Self-Care with Creative Hobbies

Did you know that creative hobbies are great for self-care?

Bubble baths, movie nights, and spa days are often characterized as self-care activities. But what about creative hobbies?

In my opinion, everyone should include a creative hobby in their self-care routine. It could be drawing, writing, crafting, or anything you enjoy doing.

The key is to find an activity that is both soothing and fulfilling for you at the same time. You don’t want your self-care hobby to be something stressful or overly demanding. That defeats the purpose!

You need to practice self-care if you don’t already! Self-care is crucial because it prevents you from getting burned out.

If you feel uninspired by life, uninterested in activities you once enjoyed, or stressed out to the point of dreading each new day… then chances are, you’re experiencing burnout. It’s time to make more time for relaxation and self-care!

Let’s create a new self-care routine for you. Where to start? With a creative hobby, of course!


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Wellness benefits of creative hobbies

Here are 10 ways you can benefit from your favorite creative activities:

1. You’ll relieve stress in a healthy way.

If you have a taxing job, or if you find yourself worrying a lot for no reason, you need a healthy way to relieve that pent up stress!

Instead of resorting to activities that are unhelpful or just flat out bad for you, a creative activity will provide you with a healthy way to relieve stress.

2. You’ll preserve the health of your brain.

Creative hobbies have emotional benefits, but they’re also good for your physical health! Research has shown that creativity reduces your risk of developing dementia. 

3. You’ll practice self-care more regularly.

Self-care should be an important part of everyone’s routine. However, if you have a busy lifestyle, self-care might not always be at the forefront of your mind.

With a creative hobby, you’ll look forward to your self-care routine more. It will become less of a hassle and more of a luxury.

4. You’ll have higher self-esteem and feel more confident.

Let’s be real: hobbies are awesome. They make you a more interesting person overall, and they help you strengthen skills outside of professional settings.

As you develop your personality, interests, and skills, you’ll feel more confident and have higher self-esteem.

5. You’ll feel more connected to your life purpose.

If you have a job that you’re incredibly passionate about, that’s awesome! But not many people do. If you really don’t feel connected to your profession in the way you want to, you might be able to find fulfillment in a hobby.

Maybe you dream of one day leaving your job and starting a side hustle. Well, making time for that creative hobby you’ve been wanting to try is the first step. That decision could help you fulfill your life purpose!

6. You’ll learn new things about yourself.

When you try new things, you uncover insights about yourself that you wouldn’t have paid attention to otherwise. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an artsy person, I bet you’re a lot more creative than you realize!

7. You’ll be less likely to fall into bad habits.

If you’re bored in your downtime, you’ll be more likely to resort to the harmful or unproductive actions that lead to bad habits. However, with a hobby, you’ll focus on creating instead of finding an unhelpful activity to occupy your time with.

8. You’ll practice mindfulness and live in the present moment.

With any creative activity, you’ll need to focus on what you’re doing, and some of them require intense concentration. In that way, hobbies are similar to meditation. Both can help you be more mindful.

When you engage with your creative hobby, try to eliminate all distractions. Turn your phone off. Shut your TV off. Put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door. Focus on the present moment and work on your project mindfully.

9. You’ll form meaningful relationships with like-minded people.

If you can find a local club or organization that’s related to your new hobby, I highly suggest you join it! You can make new friends and bond with like-minded people over your love for the same hobby.

10. You’ll improve your overall mental wellness.

I’ve already listed many ways hobbies can help you, but you’ll likely discover even more benefits when you get started. No matter who you are, I bet you’ll notice improved wellness overall after you incorporate your hobby into your routine!


Embrace creative ideas with confidence

If you’re new to the creative realm, you need to read this part. When taking up a new hobby, it’s absolutely crucial that you keep an open mind. And don’t second-guess yourself so much! Self-doubt is the enemy of creativity and productivity.

Here are a few tips to help you navigate a new creative hobby with confidence:

1. Understand that there is no such thing as a worthless idea!

Especially in the brainstorming phase, you need to be 100 percent accepting of every idea you think of. Even if the first one isn’t a “million-dollar idea,” you could piggyback off of it and come up with something brilliant.

Just think about it. Every amazing business out there started with a concept that was wild and unheard of. Great things don’t come from basic ideas, and truly creative ideas don’t come from comfort zones.

Keep those things in mind when you’re brainstorming. Don’t be overly critical of yourself. Treat every thought with respect and understand that no idea is worthless.

2. Be conscious of collaborations.

They say that “two minds are better than one,” and that is true in some cases. Collaborations can be incredibly valuable if you get the right group of people together. However, you want to be conscious of which people you collaborate with.

You don’t want to work with someone who doesn’t value any of your ideas. Make sure you only collaborate with people who are just as open-minded and passionate as you.

3. Write down every single idea that comes to mind.

There are so many times that I’ve come up with a great idea and forgotten it minutes later. Don’t be like me!

Have a notebook with you at all times so you can write down any creative idea that comes to mind. When you keep a record of your brainstorming sessions, you can return to it later with a fresh pair of eyes and pick up where you left off.

4. Act on the ideas that ignite the passion within you.

Only act on the ideas you feel strongly about. Passion is what makes you want to do something. If you’re not passionate about your creative hobby, you might want to find a different one.

It’s going to be a lot harder to make time for your creative activity if you don’t love it 100 percent. If you have the right hobby, you’ll want to spend time on it!


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Figure out which creative hobbies are best for you

Now that you’re in the right mindset to take up a creative hobby, it’s time to determine which one is perfect for you! Here are a few strategies that might help with your search:

1. Think about what you loved doing as a child.

Childhood pastimes are a great place to start. Many people had creative hobbies as kids, but gave up on them when they went to college or got their first jobs.

If you enjoyed painting when you were in the 5th grade, you could always return to it. It’s never too late!

2. Take an online quiz!

There are several quizzes you can take online to determine a good hobby for you. Some are more calculated than others. Here are a few you could try:

3. Try a bunch of different hobbies and see what you like.

If all else fails, you could just try a bunch of hobbies out until you find one that sticks. That might be the best thing to do, actually. It will definitely teach you about yourself and give you a better sense of what you like.

I provided some examples below to get you started!


Examples of creative hobbies for self-care

1. Crafting.

If Pinterest is your best friend, this hobby could be for you! I mean, you really can’t go wrong with good ol’ arts and crafts. Just search up some tutorials and get started!

2. Journaling.

If you’re looking for a soothing activity to implement into your self-care routine, you should try journaling! If you need ideas for prompts, check out these posts:

3. Hand lettering.

You ever see those pretty wedding invitations and greeting cards on Instagram? You know, the ones with the fancy calligraphy handwriting. That’s all hand lettering!

Here’s what I’m talking about:

I’ve personally never tried hand lettering, but I can imagine it takes a lot of practice and dedication. However, if you get really good at it, you could create beautiful designs and even sell them if that’s something you want to do!

4. Scrapbooking.

Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve your memories and organize your photos in a meaningful way. Plus, scrapbooks make amazing gifts!

5. Blogging.

I put this on the list because blogging is part of my self-care routine! I love writing blog posts. It’s a lot of work, but I enjoy it so much that it doesn’t feel like work to me at all!

6. Knitting or crocheting.

You can knit or crochet almost anywhere. At home, at the doctor’s office, on a plane… literally just about anywhere. This activity will help you make the most of every moment, regardless of how much free time you have.

7. Makeup.

If you enjoy doing your makeup every day, you could take that up as your creative hobby.

Get on YouTube and look up some fun tutorials. Try some daring looks. See what you can create!

8. Dancing.

Dance is an activity that will get your heart racing (literally!)

If you take up dance, you can get fit and be more creative at the same time.

9. Music.

Learning a new instrument requires patience, but it can be incredibly rewarding! After you learn a song, you can perform it for your friends and family. If you want, you could even make a YouTube channel and dedicate it to your music.

10. Cooking.

Culinary arts are creative! If you already enjoy cooking meals for yourself, maybe you should start creating your own recipes. You could also start baking or decorating baked goods.

For more examples, check out my post on 35 Creative Hobbies to Try!

Want a hobby you can turn into a side hustle? Check out my post on 25 Creative Hobbies That Make Money!


Make your new creative hobbies part of your self-care routine

Once you’ve chosen your hobby, let’s make sure you stick to it! Here’s how you can incorporate it into your self-care routine:

1. Set aside time for your hobby at least once per week.

Pick at least one time of week when you don’t have any other obligations. Make this your “creative hobby time.” Try not to let anything get in the way of your hobby time. You want to turn your hobby into a habit, and you must make it a priority if you want the habit to stick.

2. Eliminate distractions during your self-care time.

Try to make sure you won’t get distracted while you’re engaging with your creative hobby. Put your kids to bed or get someone else to watch them. Silence your electronics.

If you want, put in some headphones and listen to your favorite kind of music. I know some people find that distracting, but music helps me focus by blocking out everything else in the world.

3. Don’t be overly critical of your creative work.

Tell your inner critic to shut up. Let your creativity flow! Especially if you’re trying something new, you might not be happy with your initial creation. However, everyone has to start somewhere.

You’ll get better at your creative hobby over time if you continue to do it, but you won’t get any better at it if you overcriticize yourself and quit!

4. Allow yourself to have fun!

This is supposed to be fun! If it’s not, you should probably find a different hobby.

Because your creative hobby is part of your self-care routine, getting stressed out over it defeats the purpose of the activity. Find a hobby that is soothing for you!

5. Make self-care a priority in your life!

With a busy lifestyle, it’s so easy to let other things get in the way of your wellness routine. But if you want to enjoy the full benefits of self-care, you have to put yourself first and make self-care a priority in your life.

Not sure how to put together a good routine? For help, check out my post on how to create a self-care routine that’s perfect for your lifestyle!


Related reads!

1. 35 Creative Hobbies to Try

2. 25 Creative Hobbies That Make Money

3. How to Build Your Own Self-Care Routine


Which creative hobbies are a part of your self-care routine? Let me know in the comments below!

14 comments

  1. Love these ideas for using creative hobbies as self-care! My hobby time has gone out the window since I started blogging and I can definitely tell that it’s not doing me any good. I need to get back to some of the things I used to do before blogging basically ate my life. 🙂

  2. These are some excellent ideas! I recently hit a wall and burned out with work and I really needed some of this advice. There are so many ways to use creativity for self-care. My favorites you listed are making cookies and music. If I had a piano still I’d be jamming out. Thanks for the awesome tips!

  3. My favorite hobby is crocheting. The only problem is that once I get into a project I want to finish it through. Blogging has become my favorite hobby because I can finish a post in a few hours and move on to the next. Gives me that sense of accomplishment. Thanks for more great ideas. I definitely need to stay out of trouble! Lol

    • I’m the worst about starting projects and never finishing them! lol
      You’re so right about blogging. Blog posts are short enough that you can finish them quickly and check them off your to-do list!

  4. Chelsea says:

    Okay! I love this! I 100% need to invest more time into being creative though!
    I used to love scrapbooking as a kid so maybe I could get back into it!
    Like you, I like blogging but sometimes it does feel like work! Haha.

    It’s so important to have hobbies that keep our brain active and engaged during this time! Great tips!

  5. Cate says:

    Really great information and reminders here, blogging is definitely my favorite hobby, but it easily turns into an obsession if you’re not careful haha! I also LOVE swimming (which isn’t creative but I enjoy it so much).

    • It’s funny, I actually used to swim competitively when I was younger (although I wasn’t very good.) It’s something I’ve wanted to get back into as an adult, just for exercise!

  6. Ashley says:

    Excellent ideas! Blogging and helping others is my all-time favorite hobby, but I do love baking and taking long walks with my kids. I mean I do have to take these long walks because my baking is often desserts. I love this post though. It gave me inspiration to possibly pick back up crocheting.

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