Honest Stories • September 29, 2016

Stress Free Creative Outlets


Here’s a simple truth, stress doesn’t have to take up residence in your life if you don’t want it to.

When I was younger, I had no idea what stress really was because I never allowed it to affect me. But as I got older, things changed. I had more responsibility. I had people looking to me for help. I had bills to pay. I had a brand to build. I had things I wanted to do like travel and try to take care of me. With a full plate, it was easy for stress to creep into my everyday life.

Until one day I decided to finally do something about it. So I begin to think about what was the one thing I loved to do but didn’t do enough of. For me the answer was simple, create. I love to create. So why not combat the bullshit in my life with creativity. So every day, for at least 30 minutes, I took time out for me to create something beautiful. And I noticed a change in me. I no longer felt anxiety but for the first time, I felt free.

So if you’re looking to achieve a more stress-free life, here are three creative outlets that might help.






Whenever I pick up a book, I always find myself taken to another place, another world. Which allows me to forget about real life for a little while. Of course, when I finish the book, real life will still be waiting for me, but I find myself more relaxed to deal with it. Thank God for books. Okay, shameless plug… have you checked out my book? (sorry had to do it)


Getting out of the house is always a good thing. But when you pair that with capturing photos of the things you love, then you’ve turned a regular activity into a stress-free one. And it doesn’t hurt that you have memories to share with your family and friends.


When I first heard about adult coloring books I thought people were out of their minds. But I never thought my mother would decide to try it out for herself. Because of her bravery, I noticed a change in her stress levels. So I tried it and I will admit, I felt like a kid again. That feeling changed my entire day, and it became a more productive day than it started.





Staying stress-free is an act you must practice every day. And when you do, you’ll find yourself ready to tackle the world. I hope you enjoyed these 3 creative outlets that keep me stress-free. What are some stress-free tactics that work for you?




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  • Reading, watching a good youtube video or doing something creative like coloring or designing something fun are good stress reliefs for me. Oh and also poetry writing or free writing. It’s always such a good thing to destress after having hectic moments or feeling way too weighed down.

  • Ok, no joke… I needed this post like right at this moment!! My stress has been over the roof lately!! I can’t handle it!! So I’m definitely going to try these!! Thanks for sharing Kia!!

    xx Olivia

  • These are great outlets. Mine will always be traveling and writing. 🙂