You know that exercising your creativity has some superb benefits. I find when I get into my creative flow I am really aware of what I’m working on, less aware of my to-do list, and more susceptible to having other creative thoughts and ideas spring up. It’s like an escape hatch for my brain.

First, let’s define mindfulness: the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis; also:  such a state of awareness

These crafts will help you get into a flow, and become more mindful.

Coloring

You probably already have acquired a few adult coloring books. Give yourself permission to pull one out and go to town, it’s for your mental health.

Coloring for mindfulness

Origami

I’m super fond of paper crafts in general, and especially origami. Whether you’re mastering a new fold, or just cranking out a bunch of cranes, the process will engross your brain.

Origami for mindfulness

Weaving

You don’t need a loom taking up half of your living room (although that’s awesome if that’s your situation).  Try weaving on a small scale, using a frame loom or even a cardboard loom.

Weaving for mindfulness

Carving (Relief printing)

I find carving lino for block printing to be super therapeutic. A good material to start with is an easy carve block. It’s nice knowing that the hard work you put into carving will be something you can use over and over again.

Carving blocks for mindfulness

Mosaics

Putting a bunch of small colorful tiles into beautiful intricate patterns – is there anything more satisfying?

Mosaic art in progress

Sculpting

Grab some clay and use your fancy fingers to manipulate it. It’s fun to play around with coil pots or making small birds. Treat it with low commitment, you can always squish everything back together and re-start the fun.

Sculpting clay

What creative things do you like to do for mindfulness?