Photo caption: Participating in therapeutic painting and drawing activities can reduce stress significantly. Image courtesy of Dimitra Milan Dunn.
As culture warriors in the 21st Century, we often associate ourselves with power words, like “courageous,” “determined,” “dauntless” and “transcendent.” While all of these words do describe us, the truth is even the most valiant artist warrior feels the effects of stress from time to time. This is particularly true during the Christmas and holiday season when there is so much going on.
As it turns out, the thing that makes us brave culture warriors is also the thing that we can turn to in order to reduce stress: art making. More specifically, taking up some therapeutic painting and drawing activities this holiday season may be just what the doctor ordered to keep us mentally and emotionally healthy this holiday season. Here is the scoop on therapeutic art and some cool de-stressing painting and drawing activities to try.
According to Today.com, art therapy combines the principles of psychology with the creative process and creative activities, like painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. While true art therapy takes place under the supervision of a licensed counselor, anyone can turn to art when they want to reduce their stress levels.
A recent Forbes article highlights a group of researchers from the University of the West of England in Bristol concluded that people who participate in activities, like coloring in coloring books or on coloring sheets, report a reduction in anxiety levels and improved mindfulness abilities.
Video caption: Learn more about art therapy and how it works.
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