Storytelling • 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.


read / 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 *smiles*)

capture / 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.

color / 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. Until next time…




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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. 🙂