Five Ways to Be Creative in the Winter
In the winter we need to make sure that we look after our mental wellbeing, and one of the best ways of doing this is to make sure we have time to be creative. Here are five great ideas that you might like to try for yourself this winter …
Knitting and Sewing – As well as being a great practical skill that enables you to make your own clothing and home furnishings, knitting is also proven to have benefits for your health such as helping to reduce high blood pressure.
Crochet blanket kits from somewhere like Wool Couture are great for getting all the things that you need, and sewing machines are easy to find inexpensively – have a look for some second hand online or at a car boot sale if you want to pick up a bargain.
Baking – Winter is a great time to do some baking, with all the Christmas goodies arriving in the shops. From mince pies to gingerbread men, there are lots of things that you can make, and this is also something that children can take part in too to get them doing something that is away from the television!
Wreath Making – A Christmas wreath is a tradition going back centuries, so why not have a go at making your own? Many places hold wreath making workshops where you can learn from someone with experience, or you can go and forage for the winter greenery and have a go yourself. Look out for holly, ivy and pine cones to put on your Christmas wreath.
Painting – Staying calm and quiet is something that helps everyone, especially around Christmas when life can get a little hectic. Pick up a paintbrush and have a go at painting to get those creative juices flowing and spend some quiet time alone.
Photography – Taking photographs is a great way to help us to remember all those special times, and it can also help us to appreciate our lives. Pick up a camera and go and take photos of family or head to the countryside and take some picturesque winter photos of your area. You can frame them or put them in an album after.