Studio 747 - A Lifestyle Blog for Creative Minds: Art Therapy: Get Stress Relief in 5 Minutes

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Art Therapy: Get Stress Relief in 5 Minutes

It doesn't matter whether or not you consider yourself artistic, creating art is something to practice for stress relief.

Tired of writing at home, I ventured out to a local cafe to work on a new book, but after a little while my mind started to go on its own adventure. The cafe has a sheet of drawing paper along with a cup full of crayons at each table, so I stopped writing and started to doodle instead.

I've been in an Irish mood lately being that St. Patrick's Day is around the corner, so I drew this four leaf clover. (Also, because I'm a huge Boston Celtics fan.) It only took a few minutes, but in that time my mind calmed down and I could feel myself go into zen mode. It has been awhile since I've done any type of drawing or painting, so it was a great reminder of how art can be therapeutic.

There are many benefits of art therapy besides stress relief.   For me, I find myself just being in the moment - especially when I'm creating abstract art like the painting I did pictured below. I can just let go and go with the flow.  Just me and the paintbrush having fun.  

"City of Color"

When I was a preschool teacher, my favorite part of the day was creating art with the kids.  There was not one kid who didn't participate during art time, and I can't recall ever meeting a kid who didn't like to color or draw.  For kids, there are no rules when it comes to creating art.  It is just fun, and that's all that matters. 

For some reason as we grow up we lose that sense of fun and creativity, so I challenge you to take at least five minutes each day to go back to your creative roots.  If you're just drawing circles and lines while you're talking on the telephone - that's fine too.  If it offers even just a little bit of stress relief, isn't it worth it?

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.  ~John Updike