5 Craft Ideas for Adults with Anxiety

crafts for anxiety

A natural way to ease your mind is to engage yourself in a craft activity. Something that you do with your hands, which keeps both your mind occupied and worries at bay.

The following are five great craft ideas for adults who have anxiety.


Embroidery can be surprisingly easy to to do, especially once you get the hang of most basic stitches. All you need is some embroidery thread, an embroidery needle, fabric and–ideally–a hoop or frame to stretch the fabric on. 

The repetitiveness of the stitching and the relaxation of a quiet activity work together to produce a calming effect. 


Scrapbooking is an age-old activity that is relaxing, calming, and above all, encourages you to be quietly active as you search for just the right materials and photographs to make your scrapbook.

There are endless ways to scrapbook, so you’ll be able to find scrapbook materials and styles that suit your needs in no time.


Like embroidery, knitting is a relaxing activity that is ideal for adults with anxiety because it involves lots of soothing repetitive motions.

You can find knitting kits complete with knitting needles, patterns and guides, and thread at any craft store. Or simply buy your own knitting thread and create a project from scratch once you know the basic ins-and-outs of knitting!

Adult Coloring Books

Adult coloring books differ from children’s color books is a pretty significant way: the images in adult coloring books are broken up in lots of different sections, creating a unique look that will require you to color in many different areas with patience and care.

That sort of patience is exactly why coloring in adult coloring books is such a great craft for adults with anxiety, since you focus on a specific task with a satisfying result, which can help calm your anxiety.


Painting is a great craft for adults with anxiety because it allows you to be as creative or strict as you want.

You’re in control. You can paint free form paintings with an assortment of acrylic paints, or you can dig into an adult paint by numbers kit with watercolors.

Paint what you see. Paint what you feel! There are endless possibilities with painting, and the zen you feel with a a palette and brush will help take the edge off and calm your mind in no time.