A good way to channel your negative (and positive!) thoughts which I personally find very helpful is arts and crafts!
Whether you like drawing, painting, creating, sculpting or even something like singing or dancing, it can be very therapeutic to forget your mind for a minute or two and engage in a creative activity.
In 2016 there was a study carried out by Otago University, New Zealand into whether creative activities help improve mental wellbeing. They studied 658 students and discovered that after engaging in something crafty, people felt not only happier and calmer the following day but had more energy too.
I can back this up personally because when I feel low I usually make cards or draw, and on my very hard days I do some colouring. This more often than not helps me to stay calm and distract my mind.
Personally I enjoy the craft part of the term; I draw, paint and make things for my pen pals.
Another big part that helps me in my recovery is having a pen pal!
I make little drawings or cards with positive quotes on them which is very helpful as reading so many positive quotes to send to them makes me feel a little bit happier!
Sometimes, when I am out of luck with inspiration and working on projects, I find that doing drawing tutorials really help me find ways to draw and they have helped me find my style and type of drawing.
One activity that truly helps me when I am feeling stressed is scribbling all over a page and colouring in the spaces in the scribbles! If you google Scribble Colouring it comes up with exactly what I mean.
The best thing to do when you feel low is to distract, as even though it may not lift your mood it will get you out of the locked in mindset and have something else to think about other than how awful you feel.
Here are some foolproof arty ways of distracting:
Colouring! It may have been a fad, but it doesn't have to be! I have found that colouring has been a brilliant way for me to focus my mind on something other than myself.
Drawing. If you can draw well or already have inspiration you can do it straight onto paper, but when I can't think of any other ideas for things to draw I go into drawing tutorials and give them a go.
Make your own Kits. You can find them in local stores like The Range and The Works, and they have a massive range of items. Make your own crochet owl to candle making, jewellery making to making your own soap and so much more!
Card making. I find that making a card for someone I love or a friend can make me feel happier as I know it will cheer somebody else up.
Scrapbooking. Scrapbooking can unleash your artsy side, but can also give you reasons to smile. Putting in photos of your favourite people, family, inspirations to carry on and favourite things can make you smile when you look back on the book.
If you feel down today give some arts or craft a go! I hope this article helped you and comment below whether my tips helped you or not, or if you have any other ideas!