Catherine Clarke who makes time to "play", like kids, for her mental health, at Superpark United in Tai Kok Tsui. 11APR19 [FEATURES] SCMP / K. Y. Cheng

Grown-up play: how unleashing your inner child, or finding a new diversion, lowers stress

  • Whether it’s skating, bouncing on a trampoline or flying a plane, playing is vital to our well-being
  • Experts say play is as important as sleep for adults and is linked to increased creativity in solving problems
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Catherine Clarke who makes time to "play", like kids, for her mental health, at Superpark United in Tai Kok Tsui. 11APR19 [FEATURES] SCMP / K. Y. Cheng
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Angel Yip says every sewing project – her favourite creative activity – is an opportunity to grow. Photo: Edmond So

How creative activities are good for mental health and reduce stress

  • Creative expression through pursuits such as painting, knitting or cooking can act like a natural antidepressant, boosting happiness and confidence
  • Don’t worry if you’re not a ‘right brainer’. Just do something that interests you and don’t judge your performance.
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Angel Yip says every sewing project – her favourite creative activity – is an opportunity to grow. Photo: Edmond So
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