Keep Calm and Get Creative

This blog post is the 4th installment in a series featuring 7 Day Stress Less Challenge participants’ responses to questions we posted on social media.

March is Intellectual Wellness Month at Maryland.

When stressed, immersing yourself in a creative activity for even a few minutes can be calming.

We asked students: “What is your favorite way to get creative and de-stress?”


Don’t be fooled by the name of this area of wellness. Intellectual wellness goes way beyond the classroom and doesn’t necessarily involve hitting the books and cramming for exams.

It’s about being curious, thinking critically and becoming a lifelong learner. It also involves engaging in mentally stimulating and creative activities. Getting lost in a creative endeavor can distract us from our current stressors, giving us space and time to re-charge.

Intellectual Wellness Ways to De-Stress

  • Grab a camera and start snapping
  • Play an instrument
  • Read a book
  • Make something in the kitchen without a recipe
  • Go to a karaoke night and belt it out
  • Make a craft, draw or paint
  • Go to a performance at CSPAC
  • Have a board game night
  • Explore the art gallery
  • Do a puzzle in The Diamondback

Lots of you shared and tweeted about how you tap into your right-side brain and get creative. Here’s what you had to say:

On Twitter:

On Facebook (click here to go to post and read on Facebook):


Now, it’s your turn! Reply to us on Twitter (click ‘reply’ below) or leave your thoughts in the comments.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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