25 Creative Hobbies To Try When Everything Is Awful And You’re Not Okay

“I have a lot of bad days, but on my good days, I quilt.”

Making adorable felt animals:

Making adorable felt animals:

“When I'm feeling particularly rough, I like to make little felt animals. I started with simple ones and progressed to a T-Rex! They're a tad time consuming but they're so fun and a really good way for me to relax when my anxiety is acting up. It only takes a few hours to make one and everyone in my family seems to appreciate them.” —hannahc421f3c582

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Quilting:

Quilting:

“Before I sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2004, I was a professional writer. After my brain injury, I lost my job, my home, and many relationships, and my ability to write as an outlet for me emotions and creativity. A few years ago, I discovered quilting. The mental work of quilting has turned out to be the best therapy to keep my mind sharp-ish. But more than that, creating quilts for friends, family, and strangers has made me a giver again. In so many ways, living with a brain injury means I live with limitations and a dependence on others. I have a lot of bad days, but on my good days, I quilt. When I give a quilt, I can convey all the love and care that my words can no longer convey.” —jenabbasdej

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Woodworking:

Woodworking:

“After my father died I took up woodworking. I had always painted before for stress relief, but this event required an even more intense activity to keep my mind occupied. I am now proud to say that I have made over half of my furniture and get compliments on my pieces every time someone new comes over!” —a4ab07625b

“My father committed suicide about two years ago. It was a total surprise, and completely devastated me. Within a few days, I decided to focus my grief and pain into creating a little memorial box which could accept written memories of my dad at his upcoming service. That was the project that kicked my DIY hobby into high gear. Two years later, I've made a table, a headboard, nightstands, a laundry hamper, and numerous other woodworking crafts. This hobby allows me to keep my mind and hands busy, and also makes me feel like my dad would be proud of me, as he was a frequent craftsman too.” —emiliek2

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