The GetUp Crew

The GetUp Crew

The GetUp Crew

These days, it seems like everyone is stressed TF out. Our day-to-day lives have become more full, more overwhelming, and just plain more. Every day we need to navigate jobs, traffic, relationships, and more. We could all use some creative activities to help us out when we’re stressed.

So what exactly is stress? “Stress can be defined as a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation. Stress is a natural human response that prompts us to address challenges and threats in our lives. Everyone experiences stress to some degree.” (World Health Organization)

Stress can take a toll on our physical and mental health. It can put us at an increased risk for anxiety, depression, headaches, heart disease, sleep problems, weight gain, high blood pressure, and the list goes on and on.

That said, we need to do everything we can to reduce the stress in our lives. When we think about stress relief, we may think meditation, yoga, deep breathing. All of these things are great for stress relief, but I also know that for some people it’s really tough to even relax enough to sit and just breathe. Some of us need another form of release.

Exercise is a great way to get rid of stress. The most important thing to do is to pick an activity that you enjoy. If you don’t like it, you’re not going to do it. Some examples: walking jogging, dancing, cycling, gardening, weightlifting, swimming, and tai chi. And you don’t have to go to the gym to do it. There are plenty of free videos on YouTube to try, and a walk around the block is free too.

But if you’re looking to get in touch with your creative side and release stress while you’re at it, try these!


  • Diamond Painting

    This has probably been around for a while, but I’ve just recently discovered it. Diamond painting is kind of a mix between paint-by-number, cross-stitch, and bedazzling. Tap into your creative side by making your own design or by purchasing kits. The possibilities are absolutely endless. My book-loving heart is about to get this really cute one on Etsy. If you’ve never seen or done this before, check out Paint with Diamonds for a complete beginners guide.

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  • Video Editing

    You know all those videos you have saved on your camera roll? Why not put them to good use and make some beautiful stories. There’s definitely the option of making TikTok videos, Reels on Instagram, or Shorts on YouTube. It’s a great option UNLESS you get distracted, start scrolling, and next thing you know hours have passed and you haven’t edited anything. And let’s face it, those spaces can be more stress-inducing than stress-relieving. There are some great way to learn how to edit video, with one posted below.

  • Coloring

    Coloring is not just for kids anymore! Sure you can grab a Cocomelon or Blippy coloring book and crayons, but you now have tons of options for adults. There are some really beautiful themed coloring books like: Fantasy Fairy Homes, tattoos, baby dragons, and even motivational curse words. This website, Planes & Balloons even has some free pages to print out and color.

  • Candle Making

    Everyone loves candles right? Why not make your own? I recently took a candle-making class with a friend at House of Art & Craft in Brighton and it was really fun and relaxing. There are lots of steps and it requires your full attention which I believe helps with the stress-relieving process. And when you’re done you have a great candle to burn and help you relax.

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  • Cross Stitch

    Cross stitch is not your grandma’s cross stitch anymore! Yes there are still the cross-stitched flowered pillows, but now you can make funny, snarky, and even sarcastic projects that can make great wall art. You can find some great kits and patterns on Etsy.

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  • Outdoor Photography

    Getting outdoors is always great for stress relief. Getting a little sunshine on your face and breathing some fresh air. While you’re out there, take a little walk and take some pictures. You can do it right in your neighborhood or get out in the woods or by the beach. You’ll feel great and will later have some beautiful pictures you could turn into some wall art.

    Photography as a Stress Relieving Tool: 5 tips to a Calm Mind

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  • Sidewalk Chalk Art

    Get on the ground with the kids, or by yourself, and make some sidewalk art. Check out some great ideas for creating some fun and inspiring artwork. Who knows, you may even have some neighbors come by and join you!

    75 Super Fun Summer Sidewalk Chalk Art Ideas - This Tiny Blue House

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  • Origami

    Origami is the Japanese art of paper-folding. If you can fold a piece of paper, you can do origami. There are tons of different videos on YouTube that can teach you how to do it. Jo Nakashimi has some really cute projects to try!

    Origami with Jo Nakashima

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  • LEGO

    LEGOs are not just the painful pieces of plastic you’ve definitely stepped on if you have a kid. They’re also a super fun and relaxing project to do. I won’t like, LEGO kits are not cheap, but I’m sure we all know someone who has a box of LEGO pieces that either they, or their kids stopped using. And you don’t need an intricate kit, you can also just freestyle your LEGO design. You may not get as detailed as the David Ortiz LEGO statue below, but you can try!

    Red Sox player David Ortiz stand near the LEGO statue of him on the field at Fenway Park

    BOSTON, MA – AUGUST 29: David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox poses beside a Lego statue of himself before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 29, 2016 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

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