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7 creative hobbies to help improve your mental wellbeing

Studies have shown that having a hobby can help improve your mental health. In fact, taking part in the activities leads to an "upward cycle" of increased wellbeing, according to psychologists at New Zealand’s University of Otago.

Besides relieving stress and anxiety, there are many other benefits to incorporating creative pastimes into our lifestyles. Creative hobbies are a great way to learn a new skill, get out of your comfort zone, or spend quality time with the ones you love.

They can also help you keep a calmer mind and allow you to practice the art of mindfulness.

Whatever your reason for bringing a new hobby into your life, we thought we'd help you on your way by rounding up the best creative hobbies to improve your mental wellbeing this year.

From astrophotography to dancing, our pick of activities will take you everywhere for a more relaxed 2020, including Dark Sky sites, workshops nestled in the countryside and even the kitchen!

Country Living readers can also take advantage of 10% off hobbies and creative days out thanks to our friends at Virgin Experience Days. Just visit virginexperiencedays.co.uk/cl to reveal your unique code and spend it on the experience of your choice or from our selection below.