Improve your mood by doing something creative

Doing something creative can help improve your mood when you feel anxious or low.

Creative activities can also increase your confidence and make you feel happier. This is because creative hobbies often completely absorb your attention. This helps you distract yourself from negative thoughts.

Experiment until you find something that suits you.

Creative activities

Creative activities include:

  • writing
  • singing
  • painting
  • cooking
  • playing an instrument
  • photography
  • knitting
  • gardening

When you tap into your creativity, you can achieve amazing things. You can also develop talents you never knew you had.

Whatever activity you choose, being creative will bring you enjoyment and fulfilment.

Activities you can do with other people to improve your mental health

Page last reviewed: 1 September 2022
Next review due: 1 September 2025