Stress Management With Art
Stress is a normal and necessary response to life changes.
It is something that everyone experiences as part of his or her
everyday life. To better give you an understanding of the role
that stress plays in life is to remember that stress is a
It only becomes a problem when it causes physical, emotional
and psychological reactions that do not go away. When your
stressors are channeled properly stress is actually what can
lead you to your best outcome however when not channeled
properly these same stressors can wreak havoc on your life.
There are some ways to reduce the impact that stress has on
your health and emotional well -being and to manage your stress
to remain at a healthy level. Some natural or holistic
approaches to stress management involve expressive therapies.
Art therapy is one such method. Art therapy in a clinical
setting combines development, visual art, and the creative
process with models of counseling and psychotherapy.
An art therapist will most likely have you create something
that expresses the feelings that you are having at the
particular time. They will encourage you to discuss what your
creation means. Art therapy can work in any medium and is based
on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic
expression can help people to develop interpersonal skills,
manage behavior, help to resolve conflict or problems, increase
self esteem and self awareness, achieve insight and in turn
these will help to reduce stress and goes a long way toward
Art therapists are skilled in the application of several
different modes of art including drawing, painting, sculpting,
along with other media for assessment and treatment. While art
therapy is its own field and therapists are masters level
professionals it is something that you can practice on your
own, whenever and wherever you feel the
Today's Stress Cure Fact
Stress BallThe body reacts to stress by releasing more of the hormones cortisol and epinephrine. This stimulates the sympathetic nervous response or the commonly referred to flight or fight response. In some instances this is useful, however if prolonged for too long or occurring too often, it can have negative effects on the body. Stress that enhances physical or mental function, such as a challenging assignment that you need to complete, winning a race, or upcoming family events such as holidays or a major life event that is positive is referred to as eustress. This is helpful and often rewarding stress. Stress caused by adverse events or negative feelings of suffering or feeling like in harms way or under threat of being harmed is called distress. Both positive and negative stressors can lead to stress. stress fracture
Many find that using art therapy is both cathartic and
inspirational. Whether it is painting, drawing or some other
method creating art can help you to manage or relieve stress in
more ways than one. During the creative process you can take
your mind of what it is that is stressing you, being in the
moment and the flow of the art is very engaging and can bring
you to an almost meditative state. The finished product is
rewarding since it is something that you created.
Having a hobby or something that you do for yourself can go
along way toward bringing a sense of balance to your life and
help with stress management. Often just putting your problems
out there on paper, as a clay model or whatever making them
external makes them easier to deal with and you have the
emotional satisfaction of having created something that is all
Take a Deep Breath. On
average a person breathes very shallow, this
makes it very difficult to get relaxed. Try
this, sit down and then take a slow, and deep
breath through your nose, do this until you
have filled up your lungs.
Hold in this breath for a momen,t and then
slowly exhale it through your mouth. Breathe
deeply like this for 4 - 5 times, and try to do
it a few times a day.
Art is a window into human emotion, thought, expression and
personality. Too much stress can cause you to lose touch with
your true thoughts and feelings and artistic expression can
help you to get them back. Art is a way of healing.