Mindfulness is the state of being aware of your thoughts and emotions and staying present in the moment.
While there are lots of different practices you can implement into your life to increase your mindfulness, things like meditation and breathwork can sometimes feel intimidating. Crafts and DIY projects are a great option to implement mindfulness and boost your mental health but often go overlooked by adults.
Here are a few DIY Mindfulness projects you can try to begin your journey towards enlightenment:
- Positivity Jar
Positivity jars are my personal favorite way to get crafty while practicing mindfulness. Chose a jar of your choice and decorate it however feels right to you. You may want to add glitters and smiley faces or leave it plain.
The goal is to fill your jar up with positivity to help you appreciate what you do have. This can be quotes, stories, photos, mementos or anything else that brings a smile to your face.
When you’re feeling down, pull a piece from your positivity jar for some inspiration.
- Vision Board
A vision board is a great way to begin thinking more positively about the future. It’s also fun because it gives the creator full control over their vision.
Think about your goals for the future. They can be as big or small as you’d like, but now is the time to get specific. To find physical representations of those goals, go through some magazines or peruse the in internet and find pieces that resonate with your dreams.
Have you always envisioned living out your adulthood in a tiny house? Print out that advertisement for the perfect one.
Do you have a dream of driving a yellow car? Maybe you want to make yellow the background color for your board.
Take some time to build a collection of pieces before laying them out collage style on your vision board. Once your board is made, make sure to hang it somewhere you can see it each and every day as a reminder of all the good that is to come.
- Drawing Nature
Nature is one of the best tools we have to increase our mindfulness. This can be as abstract or as realistic as you’d like. No one is expecting anything of you at all.
Try grabbing a leaf and tracing the outline. Notice the textures of the nature surrounding you and follow the natural lines of different objects.
- Life-Sized Painting
Painting is a great way to stimulate your creativity and also relieve stress. This one is all about perspective.
To begin, you’ll need a large piece of poster paper (we’re talking big enough for you to lay down on). Find a wall to hang your fresh sheet of paper and go to town. There are no rules. All that matters is that you are utilizing the space and filling it with whatever feels right to you.
This painting can be abstract or realistic. Try throwing some paint on the page and see what happens. You never know where your mind will take you.
- Playing With Clay
Like many of these creative outlets, playing with clay can be extremely therapeutic for both adults and children. This is because it allows us to improve our focus while simultaneously relieving stress and emotion.
There are lots of different types of clay you can use. Some will need to bake in the oven to harden your masterpiece, while others are made to be repurposed over and over again.
Sculpt something special if you’d like, but you may even find joy in the simple feeling of the clay in your hands.
These mindfulness crafts can help you begin shifting your focus to the present moment and ultimately living a more joyous life. Try out all of them, or just a few to see what works best for you. Who knows, a newfound artistic skill may await you!