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7 benefits of being creative

If you’re feeling inspired by these craft bloggers, here’s a further dose of motivation

1. Stress relief

Whether you have had a hectic day at work, got caught in traffic or have found yourself burnt out from doing too much – in modern life, it doesn’t take much for our cortisol levels to rise. Yet researchers have found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body, according to a study published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. And it doesn’t matter what your creative outlet of choice is – the point is to sit and let your imagination run wild to find release from whatever has caused you anxiety throughout the day.

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About Be Kind

Hello, When I was little, my parents had a new fridge-freezer delivered. It was a very exciting time because, after a lot of begging, I was allowed to keep the box and I had big plans for it. I became all-consumed with my project – rushing home from school to colour in a panel, pin up a picture or paint numbers on the door. I transformed this brown cardboard cuboid into my own little office, complete with seat, desk and window, and I remember feeling totally satisfied with the finished article. I’d taken something drab and boring and, with a lot of imagination, turned it into something I deemed wonderful. What has my funny little box office got to do with saving the world? Well, this issue we are looking into how with a bit of creativity and ingenuity, we can change things for the better. There are brilliant companies who are taking plastic bottles and making them into swimwear, people that are using their crafty skills to make items for those that really need them, such as blankets for refugees, and a whole bunch of talented social media stars who can help you upcycle the items you no longer love into things you really do. We also look at the incredible benefits of indulging your creative side and how, just like when you were a kid, you should regularly set your imagination free. If you need me, I’ll be decorating my office. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor