You don't have to be a creative person to have a creative outlet. In fact, so-called "non-creatives" are the very people that should invest in creative activities!
Creativity can help us unlock our self-expression. It can help us de-stress from the grind of daily life and give us something to be inspired about.
At Maniology, we're all about creative expression. That's why we compiled the best creative outlets for you to explore below.
#1. Try painting your nails to ignite your imagination
Painting your nails is an easy way to focus all of your senses on one thing - the beautiful art you create at (and on) your fingertips! Many people find that painting their nails gives them time to sit and unwind after a stress-filled day.
With just a couple of coats, you can create something beautiful. And that creative work will only follow you throughout the rest of the week (or however long you can manage to protect your creation).
Okay, we can already hear some of you protesting the thought of painting your nails. "But I'm not creative enough! I'm not an artist!"
Well, what if we had the tools to help you bring your ideas to life? (And no, you don't need to have a background in art by any means.)
#2. If you don't think you're enough of an artist, turn to nail stamping instead
If you didn't like the thought of painting your nails without a template, then nail stamping is the perfect creative outlet for you! Our stamper plates come with beautiful designs that you can instantly stamp onto your nails.
Before you think it's too hard, just watch the video below to see how easy it is!
Take our cute Halloween nail designs, for example. With spooky season coming up, it's the perfect time to get creative. And our nail stampers make it so easy for you to tap into your creative side.
#3. Take a dance class to physically work out your creativity
Sometimes, we need to get out of our brains and into our bodies in order to be creative. So why not join a dance studio? You don't have to have experience in dance.
You can simply walk in and enjoy spending time moving your body. Besides, this is a great way to engage with a community that wants you to express yourself.
You can even bring your friends or children with you to make it a family affair. Either way, dance is a great way to find your creative outlet in the company of others.
#4. Learn a musical instrument to challenge yourself
At one point or another, everybody wanted to learn to play the guitar, right? Well, as you're searching for a creative outlet, why not challenge yourself in the process?
Music brings out something special in each of us. And creating music just takes that experience a step further.
In today's world, it's important to do things just for the fun of it. So if creating music is something you've always wanted to do, go for it! Even if you don't have musical talent, finding a way to process and express your joy is something worthwhile.
It's the same thing we tell our clients at Maniology. You don't have to have a background in visual art or drawing to do nail stamping. All you need is passion for it.
#5. Start writing in a journal to unlock your unconscious mind
When writers sit down with a pen and paper, they are creating a world on the page. But the process of writing itself is also an important tool for a writer to work through an idea or an emotion.
As far as creative outlets go, writing is something you can do just for yourself. You don't have to worry about whether you write beautifully or not because you don't need to share it with others.
You can simply write for you. Whether it's a fun activity or a tool to help ground you in the moment, writing can help you draw out thoughts and emotions you may not even realize you have.
#6. Try a new recipe in the kitchen and share it with friends
The best kind of art is the art you can eat! Well, at least that's what some people say.
But trying out a recipe in the kitchen is a great way of unleashing your creativity. You could follow the recipe strictly or play with ingredients as you go.
Either way, you'll have a beautiful dish to present at the end of it. This is one of those creative outlets that are particularly fun to share with friends! (Over a homecooked meal, of course.)
#7. Take a photography class at a local college
You'd be surprised at how many courses are offered in your local area. If only you look around, you'll see that there are plenty of spaces for you to test your creativity.
Take photography, for example. You may walk the same road every day to work. But what if a photography class challenged you to see that road in a different way? More specifically, through a different lens.
This kind of exercise can bring that spark back to your everyday life. Because you'll be looking for moments of beauty in your surroundings.
#8. Think back on your previous childhood pursuits
Remember playing dress-up and all the other fun things you did as a kid? Turns out it was good advice to not grow up too quickly.
But if you're stuck on how to find your creative outlet, try thinking back to what made you happy as a child. Did you enjoy drawing? Swimming? Painting?
And more importantly, when did you stop? As you search for your creativity, it's important to remember where you come from. There may be some valuable information from your past that can help you find happiness in your future.
#9. Create a vision board to welcome new ideas into your life
Creative outlets are important for so many reasons. But perhaps the most important aspect of a creative outlet is the purpose it gives us.
If you find yourself feeling lost or in search of yourself, consider making a vision board. This collage-type activity can help you visualize what you want to welcome into your life.
Do certain colors call out to you? Are there certain opportunities you want to take advantage of? All of this can be mapped out on the creativity board to help you gain a better perspective on what you want out of life.
#10. Start a website to showcase your creative projects
Some people like to keep their creativity to themselves. And that's perfectly fine!
But others like to share their creativity with the world. A perfect way to do that is by building a website that showcases your creative projects.
It might take the form of a blog or display your photographs in a beautiful way. No matter how you decide to design it, the process of creating a website is in and of itself a creative way of giving back to yourself.
#11. Enroll in local classes to learn something new
Throughout life, it's important to keep learning. And with so many local classes available, it only makes sense to continue your education even in small ways.
You may find something of interest to you as you browse through course catalogs. Follow that gut feeling.
Your intuition might be pulling you towards something creative that you didn't know you were passionate about. And if you do enroll, know that you only need to follow through for a few weeks. Not too bad a commitment!
#12. Try writing 1 blog post a week
The key to anything creative is consistency. Let's say you're interested in getting better at writing.
Challenge yourself to write 1 blog post a week. This is an easy and manageable goal that keeps you on track of your goals.
And you always have the option to share your writing with loved ones. Setting these kinds of realistic goals for yourself can serve as inspiration on its own. And it will remind you to remain accountable for your passions as you flex your creative muscles at least once a week.
Follow what brings you joy
Finding your creative outlet isn't always about doing what you're good at. You can be good at something and derive no pleasure from it whatsoever.
But a creative outlet is here to foster your creativity, and more importantly, your happiness. At Maniology, our passion is showing customers that they can be creative even if they don't think of themselves as creative people.
With every nail stamping kit we send out, we hope to spark your inner artist and show you just how creative you can be.
At Maniology, we believe your nails are opportunities for adventure, fun, and unrestrained artistic expression. Our nail stamping plates and nail accessories are here to help foster your self-expression in the hopes of building a community of individuality. For more nail tutorials, subscription box updates, and designs, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, LinkedIn, and YouTube.