In times like COVID-19, when there is an uncertain future, it’s hard not to start spiralling into despair and frustration. When you are stressed, it may be difficult to attain meditation as you normally would. Being mindful can be made easier when you try to focus on doing so creatively.
Immersing yourselves into creative activities can help you enhance your focus, concentration and get you into a positive flow. This is called Creative Mindfulness and is similar to traditional meditation but can be used if you are having trouble sitting still and focusing on your breath. Creative Mindfulness is indulging in creative activities that achieve the same benefits as doing traditional meditation. In addition, this type of mindful activity will allow you to enter your happy zone and have a lot of fun along the way!
Creative Mindfulness brings many beneficial changes to the mind and body such as releasing negative emotions like anxiety, stress and tension that are building up. It will help you deal with overthinking and negative thought patterns. It will improve your attention and aid you in regulating your emotions to make you more self-aware and empathetic. On the whole, creative mindfulness will calm you emotionally and promote a state of mental wellbeing. Various studies have shown that creative mindfulness enhances your physical health by boosting the immune system, regulating hormonal discharge, improving sleep quality and decreasing cellular inflammation. Creative Mindfulness is as important as working out or eating healthy.
So how do you get started with creative mindfulness? In this blog, we present 6 creative activities to get you into the flow of creative mindfulness. These activities, when done alone, will promote endorphins and dopamine to release in your body and make you feel good. Also, pursuing these activities along with family members in lockdown with you, and friends when movement restrictions permit, will promote the release of oxytocin in your body and strengthen your emotional ties with the people around you. The act of completing these activities will raise your self-worth and self-esteem too, which will, in turn, will induce the release of serotonin to make you feel happy and satisfied.
Now, let’s dive into the fun stuff!
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ACTIVITY 1: TIE-DYE
What you need: Fabric dye, elastics, water, gloves, small bottles, table protection, plastic bags and garments that you want to dye.
Fill the bottle with water and fabric dye and shake it until the dye is thoroughly mixed with the water. Now, fold your garment according to the tie-dye style you want. Spray some water on your garment so that it’s a bit moist as that will help the colour spread more. The first tie-dye pattern is a spiral. Pinch the garment in the centre. Start twisting the fabric from the centre in a circular motion until the whole garment is in a spiral shape. Secure the shape of the garment with elastics and apply the dye to the fabric at different places. Keep the garment inside a plastic bag to keep it damp for at least 8 hours. The second tie-dye pattern is stripes. Pleat your garment and then secure it with multiple elastics by keeping the distance between the elastics uniform. Then, apply the dye to each section. Put your garment in a plastic bag to keep it damp and let it sit for at least 8 hours. Rinse your garment with cold water until most of the excess dye is removed and you have your DIY tie-dye garment ready! Finishing this activity will, in turn, induce the release of serotonin which will give you the feeling of satisfaction and happiness.
ACTIVITY 2: DOTS
What you need: A canvas, paint brushes, paint.
Paint the whole canvas with any colour you prefer. Next, pick your favourite colours and paint the first dot in the middle of the canvas. Then start painting dots of different colours around it. Keep painting dots until no space is left on the canvas. Doing this activity with your loved ones will make your body release oxytocin which in turn creates the mood for you to strengthen your emotional ties with them.
ACTIVITY 3: BOTTLE PAINTING
What you need: A bottle, paint, paint brushes, masking tape.
Paint the bottle in any way you like. You can paint the whole bottle with a single colour and then draw on it or you can use masking tape to make different patterns on the bottle too. Think and let the creative juices flow! This activity will create a boost of dopamine in your body promoting a general feeling of happiness and contentment.
ACTIVITY 4: PAINTING SQUARES & CIRCLES
What you need: A canvas, brushes, paint, pencil and anything that helps you make circles or squares.
Start with making squares and circles on your canvas with a pencil. Then, start filling in the circles and squares with your favourite colours. You will be delighted with the result! This activity can serve to induce the release of endorphins in your body much like what happens when you workout.
ACTIVITY 5: BEADS CELLPHONE CHAIN
What you need: Beads, rope, needle (if needed) and a phone case.
Assort the beads according to their colours. Cut the rope according to the desired length of the chain and start beading. When you are done, make two knots: The first one to close off your rope and the second one to hold the beads together. Then tie it around your phone case. Voila! You have your DIY cellphone case chain. Crafting this project will increase the endorphins and dopamine in your body and leave you in a state of contentment.
ACTIVITY 6: ADULT COLOURING BOOKS
Start with colouring the white spaces and then, paint the rest of the drawing as you like. This activity will surge the levels of serotonin in your body, thereby elevating your general mood and making you feel better.
We hope this has tingled your creative instincts and inspired you to practice Creative Mindfulness! Let the creative genius inside you work its magic!