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4 Art Activities to Support Your Mental Health

4 Art Activities to Support Your Mental Health

Art has always been a part of my life, even before I was able to understand how beneficial it was towards my mental health. As I took time to understand what mental health was, I also understood how important self care was and how I could use my art to support that. Here are 4 different simple art activities (even for those who believe they’re not creative) that I do when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Give them a try and add them to your self care kit if you’d like. 

Before I sit down to do art I like to clean out my space and put on some music while I draw/colour away. Here is a playlist that I use: Chill Beats to Quarantine to 

1. Colouring

Colouring is a great way to de-stress. I like to use multiple mediums in one piece but sometimes I choose one (most of the time it’s paint). There are many different colouring pages you can download and print for free. If you’d rather draw something first than colour it in you can also do that. 

What you’ll Need: 

One of the following or all depending on what you’re feeling like. 

  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Pencil Crayons
  • Paint

Free printable colouring pages, you can find a variety here: Colouring Pages

2. Making Origami Cranes

Creating a paper crane requires a lot of concentration. I struggle with meditation but the act of focusing on creating a crane supports the same process. All of my energy goes into making sure that each fold is falling into its correct place while giving my mind some time to breathe in between all the self talk. 

What you’ll Need: 

  • Piece of paper or origami paper
  • Follow these instructions: Crane

3. Doodling

Doodling is similar to journaling but with drawings. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and want a creative outlet grab some paper and a pen/pencil and just doodle away. 

What you’ll Need: 

  • Scrap paper
  • Pen or Pencil

4. Connecting the Dots

If the process of colouring doesn’t seem to interest you or you like switching it up like me you can try connecting the dots or tracing. It is a great alternative and you can find intricate designs for free to print online. 

What you’ll Need: