It’s Day Four of the latest Tenner Week budgeting challenge. How are things with you? Do you have any of your £10 budget left?
The general theme for the January 2023 money-saving challenge is simple daily ideas and activities to help with stress reduction, and today’s activity is called ‘get creative‘.
Creative activities don’t have to cost a fortune, and they can be very rewarding and enjoyable. Spending time doing anything like this can also be a welcome distraction from stress, and it helps some people to process difficult thoughts or emotions.
We’re all capable of being creative, and today’s idea is about having letting loose and having fun – not creating so-called masterpieces or winning competitions. Be as silly or fanciful as you like, enjoy yourself and don’t worry about the end result.
It depends what materials etc you already have to hand, but you could try:
- Sketching, drawing, painting, or doodling
- Colouring in, painting by numbers
- Apps/software for art, collage, design, cartooning etc
- Photography, video editing, sound recording
- Sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, feltwork etc
- Singing, making music
- Writing short stories, poems, memoir, sketches or scenes
- Working with clay or polymers
- Upcycling or embellishing
- Cooking or baking a new recipe or inventing one
- Sculpture, mixed media with found objects
- …and many more
What’s happening here
Well, with it being slap bang in the middle of the working week, we decided not to go too over the top with the the wine, whisky and warbling for Burns’ Night last night. Still had a great time though and it was nice to catch up with people.
Luckily I didn’t have to rush out to the shop for any last minute extras, so the kitty still has £1 remaining in it. Will definitely have to keep busy at the weekend with free things to do, and stay well away from my favourite shops and cafes, and all that.
This evening I’m attending a free planning and goal-setting webinar being run by a health non-profit, and will also do at least half an hour of exercise before that starts. I’ll also make time to cook a new recipe from India Express by Rukmini Iyer, this time some spiced pumpkin and carrots to conveniently use up what’s hiding at the back of the vegetable drawer but also make it a bit fancy.
That’ll keep me out of trouble. For a while, at least.
Total spent so far this week: £9.00.
What have you spent your money on this week, if you’ve bought anything? Do you already have a favourite creative hobby or might you try something new today?