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Stress and Creativity

“Imagination is tapping into the subconscious in a form of open play. That is why art or music therapy, which encourages a person to take up brushes and paint or an instrument, and just express themselves, is so powerful.”
― Phil ‘Philosofree’ Cheney

The cover of Karl Ove Knausgaard's 'So Much Longing in So Little Space'

With the end of the semester upon us, stress is at an all-time high. At this point in the year, it is nice to use creativity as an escape – after all, art is a form of therapy. It expands the mind and explores self-expression. It improves self-esteem, increases awareness, induces positivity, and maintains good mental health.

When you create something, you push your boundaries. You also express emotion, so next time you feel like the blues are taking over, get up, draw back those curtains, and get creative. Take a deep breath and exhale negative feelings.

Here are some ways to help you find your creative mojo:

Journaling: is an effective way to recharge, increase gratitude, and take time to appreciate what you have instead of pining for what you don’t.

2) Drawing/Colouring: Let your inner child loose and enjoy scribbling, or using a colouring book. They even have apps for colouring on your phone {url?}.

3) Clay Sculpting: Join an art/craft/sculpting class to play with clay  – it’s adult playdoh. Pummel your frustrations into the table.

4) Poem Collage: Grab some magazines and newspapers, and cut out words that have some kind of meaning to you. Now visualize how you want your poem to flow and assemble as you see fit.

5) Read, Write, and Escape: Enjoy someone else’s life and world to escape your own. Reading lifts your spirits and allows you to lose yourself in the pages of a book.

Creativity is a soul cleanser. It can take many forms, but it results in happier, healthier tomorrows.

“Art is my cure to all this madness, sadness, and loss of belonging in the world, & through it I’ll walk myself home.”

– Chantelle Nazareth, Contest Coordinator and Social Media Team

Sources:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/arts-and-health/201406/creative-arts-therapy-and-expressive-arts-therapy

https://yourstory.com/2011/11/art-as-a-stress-buster-with-go-creative/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2804629/

The cover of 'five ways to use creative arts as a stress buster' An in-progress sketch made with pencil crayons. A pair on hands are visible, one holding a pencil crayon and one holding the drawing still. A person in ripped jeans sitting at a potter's wheel, moulding a cup from clay.

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