As the week progresses, stress levels begin to build up. Work, family, housework, and the unbearable pressure of keeping up with the world all start to get to you and soon the weekend seems to be the only saving grace.
However, for most of us, even weekends are hectic. Meeting people, shopping or fixing that faucet that never seems to stop dripping, the to-do list never ends. Well, in case life has been a pressure cooker lately and you desperately need an outlet to vent, maybe we have something interesting for you!
According to Christianne Strang, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, art is one of the best ways to feel good during times of stress. She says: “Creativity itself is important to stay healthy, stay connected to yourself and the world.”
“Anything that engages your creative mind—the ability to make connections between unrelated things and imagine new ways to communicate—is good for you,” says Girija Kaimal, a Drexel University professor and art therapy researcher.
Art has been proven to be a great stress reliever, so try these four forms of art the next time life gets to you and watch yourself light up again.
One of the easiest ways to reduce stress through art is by coloring. Basic coloring is fine, but even more beneficial is coloring mandalas. Mandalas are geometric symbols that you can focus on during meditation. They are both creative and relaxing, making them a great stress-relieving art activity.
Coloring the intricate patterns can be incredibly satisfying. It gives you a sense of control as you can decide precisely when, what and where to color. Plus, coloring serves as a wonderful distraction!
rant with a poem
Writing can be considered a form of artistic expression and can be relaxing and cathartic. Poetry, in particular, can help you convey your feelings and thoughts in a way that would otherwise be difficult.
Get your hands dirty
You can use your fingers or your whole hand to express yourself by putting paint on a canvas. Finger painting is a great way to relax and feel better because there is something fun about getting your hands dirty. Finger painting can give you a feeling of accomplishment and act as a stress reliever.
make clay jewelry
To do this, all you need is a clay set already prepared online and a microwave. You can create any design you want and even create a complete aesthetic to enjoy on a day in the sun. Clay jewelry is relatively easy to make but incredibly rewarding. Try it and feel the stress leave your knotted shoulders.
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