25 Creative Things to Do When You Need to Recharge and Reset

Updated 07/23/18
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Ever feel like you need to recharge with a fun activity? A study published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology supports the theory that engaging in creative activities outside of the office can result in better work performance. And beyond the professional benefits of flexing our creative muscles, it's also proved to be therapeutic. So regardless of whether or not you fancy yourself the next Leonardo da Vinci, getting creative can be a productive, fun, and relaxing way to make use of your free time, especially when you're bored.

If you're looking for ideas and inspiration, our list of creative things to do will help you find the right activity. We broke it down by art form so you can easily plan your day of creativity based on your own interests. The best part is that these activities don't require you have any expertise or talent in them. From making music to writing to crafts, find your match in the list of 25 creative things to do below.


Because I'm Addicted

Did you grow up playing an instrument? If you still have it lying around and miss playing, pick it up and start brushing up on your skills. You could also invite some old friends or bandmates over for a casual reunion.

If you've been considering picking up a new instrument, or you've never learned how to play one, why not book a lesson now? It's never too late to start.

Plan a fun karaoke night with your friends or go for a long drive and sing your heart out.

See if any of your favorite bands or musicians have any upcoming shows in your area and attend a concert.

Discover some new music and make a few playlists for different moods so you have them ready to go on every occasion.


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If you've always wanted to try slam poetry or have been thinking of participating in an open mic night, now's the time to see what's out there and get involved. Not only will it be cathartic to actually perform, but you'll also get to express yourself in the writing process. 

Sign up for a dance-based workout class or a dance program. If you were trained as a dancer growing up, gather up some friends or co-workers and pitch in to book a studio. 

Check out an immersive theater in your area. You'll observe and get involved in the narrative by joining the actors. 

Get out of your comfort zone and sign up for an improv class. Who knows? You might be good at it, and even if you aren't, at least you'll practice taking risks and taking yourself less seriously. 

Attend a stand-up comedy show or put one on with your friends. You could also record a silly spoof video at home with friends. 


Class Is Internal

Round up some basic supplies and get yourself set up for a day of painting, drawing, sculpting, and collaging. If you don't have any ideas of what you want to create, keep things informal in a sketchbook.

When you don't feel like doing a full-blown art project, opt for an adult coloring book instead.

If you live in a city, chances are there are some murals to check out. Get some fresh air and exercise by exploring an area with great street art.

Spend the day at a new museum or exhibit. If you've seen everything in you're area already, research other local art galleries to visit.

Practice your photography or videography skills. Go to your favorite part of town or find some new subjects to record.



Pick up your journal and start freewriting. You can write about an early memory, a random encounter from last week, something that's been troubling your mind, or even about nothing in particular. Pick up your pencil and don't put it down until you've been writing for five full minutes.

Try writing a children's story. Getting into that mindset will be a challenging creative endeavor alone. What do you wish you could have known as a child? Write it!

If you've had some ideas floating around about a great premise for a poem, short story, or even a series of novels, write them down. Then start fleshing things out with a brainstorm session.

Write a letter to your past or future self. Save it in a makeshift time capsule so you can revisit it later.

When you have writer's block, put down the pen and take a break from whatever you're working on. Try picking up a good book instead or shift gears to a different art form. Who knows? The inspiration you've been looking for may pop up.


Hello Glow

Take up knitting, needle pointing, or sewing. The motor skills required might put you in a calmer, meditative state. Plus, if you pick up sewing, you can do fun DIY projects like customizing vintage sweaters or cheap tees à la Lingua Franca.

Shake things up at home and paint your room another color if you've been thinking about a change. Or maybe you've been meaning to hang up some new curtains or rearrange your furniture.

Don't have the energy to redecorate and renovate right now, but love design? Create a mood board for your dream home. Even if it's just in your imagination, this will get your creative juices flowing and help you feel more inspired.

Sign up for a candle-making class, learn how to make a floral arrangement, look into Claymation and stop-motion workshops, or go to a pottery studio.

Try a delicious new cupcake recipe and then decorate your baked goods.

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