11 wonderful childish pastimes that will help any adult lighten up their mood
Modern life often leads us to overstrain ourselves, which leads in turn to discomfort, a bad mood, and overall exhaustion. To cope with this condition, we suggest trying art therapy. Self-expression through art lowers your anxiety and gives you comfort and positive emotions.
If you feel overanxious, it’s time to put aside your gadgets for the time being and color in some monochrome patterns. Psychologists say that choosing colors and color combinations results in relaxation of certain areas of the brain — including the amygdalae, which are responsible for shaping your emotions.
If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, then this wonderful method of self-expression is for you. Imagine you’re thousands of years back in time and attempting rock painting.
This traditional Japanese form of art is about repetitive actions, and teaches concentration and patience. When you duly follow the instructions step by step, you get fascinating results and a feeling of pride for a good job well done to boot.
Remember how you liked drawing on asphalt in your childhood? Fresh air, inspiration, bright chalk colors, and literally infinite space for creation. Bathe in the warm spring sun, draw whatever you feel like, play tic-tac-toe, or leave inspiring messages for passers-by — any of these will definitely take your worries away and improve your (and not only your) mood.
Try miniature architecture. Start with simple constructions, and then go on to more complicated objects. You will have to concentrate and follow an algorithm — and that’s exactly what you need to free yourself from all unnecessary thoughts.
If you haven’t tried modeling with polymer clay, we strongly recommend you do it as soon as possible. The feeling of this wonderfully soft material changing beneath your fingers can really help you relax, and afterwards you’ll be able to admire your own hand-made decorations.
Making patterns using colorful sand grains is incredibly relaxing. This has its origins in Tibetan traditions. Thousands of years ago, monks put themselves into a meditative state with the help of sand drawing, and they still do it today. Why not try it yourself?
If you don’t feel like using pencils or felt pens, you can arm yourself with scissors and create shapes or abstract pictures from thick paper. For those who are trying this for the first time, it’s better to start with the latter, as you can’t spoil the result this way.
Try creating three-dimensional applications that will tremble a little with every gust of wind. The main principle here is balance. To start off, take some wool, colored paper, pompoms, twigs, or anything else — and go ahead!
This one is a mix of paper-cutting and chain-glueing. The repetitive action involved is relaxing, and you could do this forever. How about trying to beat the 2013 record? That was 45,282 dolls in a chain of 4549.7 meters!
A more complex, but no less satisfactory activity. Making pretty muppets and play out a famous script, or write your very own one and entertain your whole family — what could be a better way to get away from all your problems?