7 Creative activities that can improve your mental health

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Researchers from the Department of Psychology at New Zealand’s University of Otago launched an experiment with 658 university students and found that there is a positive correlation between doing creative activities and better mental health.

Speaking about the results, Dr Tamlin Conner said: “This finding suggests a particular kind of upward spiral for wellbeing and creativity – engaging in creative behaviour leads to increases in wellbeing the next day, and this increased wellbeing is likely to facilitate creative activity on the same day. Overall, these findings support the emerging emphasis on everyday activity as a means of cultivating psychological functioning.”

Here are some of the creative activities that can help your mental health:

  • Musical performance 
  • Painting, drawing, and sketching 
  • Graphic and digital design 
  • Making new recipes
  • Knitting and crochet 
  • Creative writing 
  • Songwriting 
Source* http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/creative-hobbies-that-improve-mental-health_uk_583808b6e4b0ddedcf5c9864
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