8 Hobbies To Boost Creativity

8 Hobbies To Boost Creativity

Looking for ways to become a more creative thinker and person? Desperate to get a new hobby or learn a new skill? Just bored and looking for something fun to do? Then this is the post for you! In this post, I am going to highlight a handful of hobbies that are meant to boost your creativity. Not only that, but these hobbies are also enjoyable, satisfying, and offer a multitude of benefits. It’s never too late to bring a new hobby into your life.

1. Creative Writing

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Creative writing can help strengthen your writing skills, expand your imagination, and increase your level of self-expression. The stories you write can be meant for only yourself or a wide audience – it’s up to you! You can try your hand at fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, depending on which genre appeals to you the most. If you need help brainstorming ideas, check out these 365 Creative Writing Prompts from ThinkWritten.

2. Photography

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Getting into photography can help you get out more and view the world from multiple perspectives. You don’t need a fancy camera in order to get started – if the only camera you have is the one on your phone, why not use that? Discover what photography subjects are the most interesting to you – would you rather take photos of natural landscapes or people? You can make your photos even more unique by playing around with different filters and edit by altering elements such as warmth, saturation, and brightness. Photography doesn’t have to be intimidating – the most important part is that you are having fun.

3. Crocheting / Knitting

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Both crocheting and knitting are skills that are relatively easy to learn and will leave you with a great finished project, such as scarves, hats, blankets, pillows, and much more! These items can also make great gifts. The process of crocheting and knitting helps keep your mind focused, but it can also be done while watching a movie or talking with others. Knitting (as well as crocheting) has been proven to reduce stress levels and provide other health benefits, according to this New York Times article. 

4. Painting

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Whether you are planning on painting a natural landscape or just want to splatter paint onto a blank canvas, it is never too late to get into painting. A couple of tubes acrylic paint in a few of your favorite colors is a relatively cheap investment, and many surfaces can be used as a canvas. With painting, there is no limit to what you can create. You can use your finished pieces to decorate your room or give to others as gifts. Looking for ideas? Check out Top 31 Amazing DIY Paintings For Your Blank Walls by Homesthetics.

5. Drawing / Sketching / Doodling 

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This is a creative hobby that can be done almost anywhere, at any time! Doodling, the act of freehanding random scribbles and sketches in the margins of notebooks, actually has benefits, according to the Huffington Post. If you want to take your doodling to the next level, you can get yourself a sketchbook and a set of drawing pencils and learn how to foster your talent. Try sitting outside on a nice day and drawing whatever captures your attention.

6. Scrapbooking

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Scrapbooking not only is a creative task, but the finished product will provide you with a sense of organization. There is something very gratifying about taking piles of photographs and related content – pamphlets, tickets, receipts, etc. – and creatively arranging it into an aesthetically-pleasing book. Patterned paper, stickers, and markers can also help make scrapbooking an even more artistic activity.

7. Coloring

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There are tons of adult coloring books out there, so it’s possible to find any coloring book that is suited towards your interests. Coloring is a relaxing and relatively low-stakes creative outlet, but it is no less fun or rewarding. Your creations can turn out any way that you want, and when you are finished coloring you will have a masterpiece that you can proudly put it on display.

8. Bullet Journaling

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Bullet journaling has been gaining a lot of popularity recently. Basically, a bullet journal can be whatever you want, but it typically consists of elements such as a monthly calendar, a weekly planner, and logs that can help you keep track of everything in your life from how much water you drink to how often you clean. The Ulitmate Bullet Journal Cheat Sheet for Beginners and Beyond is a great place to start. Bullet journals require a good deal of creativity since most incorporate calligraphy, drawings, paints, stickers, and other fun details in order to create an aesthetically-pleasing design.

 

Here at Sheepshead Review, we always support the fostering of creativity. Many different types of creativity are on full display in every issue we publish, from the writing pieces to the photography, painting, drawing, and much more that is showcased in the visual arts section, to even the layout and cover design of the actual journal. Maybe your next creative hobby will land you in the next issue of Sheepshead Review!

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