Stop stress with art, even if you suck at it
Stress is a normal part of life and your body is designed to deal with stressful situations. But, this doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to reduce stress or stop it from taking over your life. I mean, who doesn’t need a good way to kick stress to the curb every once in a while?
Studies show that creating art reduces stress and the best part is you don’t even have to be an experienced artist for this to work! If anyone can relate to that, it has got to be me. I am no master painter or expert sketch artist and even stick figures rarely look good when I draw, but doing something artistic does make me feel better–even if my end piece does not belong in any museum or even on the fridge.
No one said you had to be good at creating art, you just have to give it a try.
How can creating artwork help reduce stress?
1. Creating art acts as a distraction from the things in your life that are causing stress. There is no way to keep thinking about your problems over and over when you are focused on something else such as sketching and drawing. We know the distraction can’t go on forever, but once you have gotten a break from stress you can gain a clearer mindset to help tackle your problems.
2. There is a certain rhythm your brain gets into when you are creating art that almost mimics meditation. It is where you get completely absorbed in the moment and are only focusing on that one thing, that your mind is in a relaxed state. Even after you are finished your body still reaps the benefits from this calm state of mind.
3. Self-care can be found in many ways and art is just one of the great habits to get into. It is something you can do from home, on your breaks at school or work and it doesn’t have to cost you much money. You can pick up a bunch of affordable art-supplies at the Dollar Store or Five Below and get started on your creative path. Taking some downtime to de-stress and work on your art project will help you escape from the everyday hustle and bustle and move your focus to the present.
How can you create art when you aren’t an artist?
1. Pick up some coloring books that interest you. Yes, adult coloring books exist!
2. Paint a picture using 3 colors only.
3. Start a rock garden, succulent garden or any garden that can give you a break.
4. Paint abstract shapes and colors that represent how your day is going.
5. Design a postcard that you plan to send to a long distance relative.
6. Cut and paste a collage into a journal as a visual diary.
7. Draw in response to music (Set your playlist to random).
8. Create your own Mandala.
9. Color a Mandala.
10. Doodle for 10 minutes.
We hope to have brought some inspiration on how you can reduce stress through art and we have some books that can help you get into coloring and sketching, even if you’re not the next Picasso:
Meditation Coloring Book
Relaxation Coloring Book
How-to-Color: 4-series coloring books
Detail the Drawing
Complete the Drawing