While getting ready for work this morning, I was thinking about the benefits of engaging in activities like coloring books, knit/crochet, doodling (or zantangling if you're fancy), woodworking, cooking/baking, sculpting, etc. Being creative is very cerebral. It has been proven that creativity strengthens problem solving, it enhances complex thinking skills. Many art projects are also used to maintain or rehab fine motor skills in adults. While this is all AMAZING and more than enough reason to get to work on something creative, one of the coolest things about creativity (in my opinion) is that it's therapeutic.
I was a kid who had a pretty traumatic childhood. It wasn't the worst childhood in the world, but it was pretty lame (with an abusive father and a little sister who died of cancer). Creativity was my sanctuary, my savior, my friend. No matter how shitty life was, I could turn to my pencil and paper and do some deeply therapeutic work. I could write and draw out my pain. I could release my darkness onto my canvas and be free of it. Likewise, I could fill pages with beautiful colors. I could create something 'nice.' That was power. Being able to rid myself of pain, AND to create something out of nothing, that was power. And it still is.
Being creative is also very meditative. And if you know anything about meditation, you know it relieves stress, increases attention span, increases immunity, helps you feel more connected, improves sleep, etc. And that's why I think coloring is so rad. There are many who have this notion that "they're not good at being creative." But there are books out there for you! Coloring books take the "work" out of being creative, so you're left with the power to color however you'd like. And if coloring isn't your jam, maybe try baking, or knitting, or woodworking, or anything! There are endless books, and internet tutorials on all things creative. The learning process alone will be beneficial to your health, even if you end up not loving your new craft.
So, I urge you, in these VERY stressful times, save yourself and carve some time for being creative.