We all get stressed at times, whether it’s because of a never ending to-do list or financial issues. Combating stress can be challenging, but there are ways that creativity can help you feel more relaxed.
Art allows us to express ourselves and can even help us see our problems in a new light, which is especially useful when we’re trying to deal with a million things at once. So next time you feel worked up, use some of these creative methods to reduce your stress levels.
1) Invest in adult colouring books
Colouring books for adults have become hugely popular as they’re great for winding down, letting go of responsibilities and embracing our inner child. Colouring is said to have a calming effect on the amygdala, a part of the brain that plays an important role in the “fight or flight” response we experience when we’re stressed, anxious or afraid. When you need to recharge your batteries, just go to a quiet place and start colouring.
2) Take some photos
Physical activity is crucial for managing stress, so why not go for a walk and dabble in some photography while you’re at it? Taking pictures involves observing your surroundings, which lets you distance yourself from the madness going on in your life. Go out with the family, the dog or even by yourself and start photographing some of the sights around you.
Everyone has a creative side, even if they don’t know it. The beauty of doodling is that it’s simple and you don’t need loads of equipment – a pencil and notepad will do. Just draw whatever’s in your head, whether it’s a place, a person or a name. See these 52 awesome examples of doodle art for some ideas.
4) Create a scrapbook
Reflecting on amazing memories is another way to reduce stress and can help you feel more positive. Start gathering photos of your partner, family or best friends and put them into a scrapbook. There’s no right or wrong way to do this, meaning you can be as creative as you like. Include anything in there that’s important to you and use your scrapbook to tell a story. Try these 5 ideas for beginners for some inspiration.
5) Start sketching
You don’t need to be good at drawing to enjoy the relaxing effects of sketching. Start off with small objects like flowers or try something more challenging if you want to. Every time you need a bit of time out, you can make some more progress in your sketchbook. Check out our guide on learning how to use a sketchbook and see these sketching tips for beginners to get going.
Are there any other stress-busting methods you particularly like? Let us know!