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The abundant therapeutic benefits of artistic expression are well known. You don’t have to be the next Pablo Picasso to make it happen. Artistic expression is vast, there is no need to define it in any narrow terms.
By exploring the artist in you, you will discover your hidden artistic talents. We are all artists in our own way, and we can harness this to reduce stress, express ourselves, and engage in something meaningful.
“I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.”– Helena Bonham Carter-
Benefits of Creative Art
- There is strong evidence that Creative Art Therapies (CATs) which includes art, music, dance/movement, and drama therapy, can result in a significant reduction of stress, reduce anxiety, and improve mood (1) .
- This study indicated that participants who engaged in art for 100 hours per year – that’s about 2 hours per week (not bad!) – reported significantly better mental wellbeing.
PLUS: Did you know that there is such a thing as eco-friendly crafts? You can get your art on in a sustainable way!
6 Ways to Explore the Artist in You
See which form of artistic expression aligns with your nature.
1) Get crafty – the eco-friendly way
Paint, draw, build something – its all possible, and a bonus is that there are eco-friendly art materials! Through creating, we allow ourselves to let off some steam, turn our stress or ideas into something productive, and express things that we cannot with words alone.
2) Try out a paint or plant night – or DIY!
Paint and plant nights have become popular. Try it out! If you prefer to stay at home, or explore your artistry alone, there are also do it yourself options.
- Syndicate Sales DIY Terrarium Kit. Includes stones, soil, and moss, and crafted from recycled material.
3) Move to the beat, and sing your heart out
Turn on a beat that makes you feel good, feel the rhythm in your body, and as Lady Gaga once said – just dance! If you are looking to get more serious, you can also consider joining a dance class, or take dance lessons in the privacy of your own home:
- Shawn Trautman Dance Lessons 101 (Slow Dance, Waltz, Swing, Salsa, Two-Step, Cha-Cha, Hustle, and West Coast Swing
Whether you can hit those notes or not, singing is another great way to connect with a song that moves you. Crank up the volume to a tune that relates to you and lyrics that have meaning to you. Sing your heart out! If you are more serious about learning to sing, there are resources out there:
You can also learn to play an instrument and create your own music- your own works of art! Explore your own melodies and harmonies.
4) Poetry and song writing
Writing is another powerful tool of artistic expression, and poetry has a way of allowing us to explore metaphors, descriptive language, and express our thoughts and feelings in a way we cannot do with ordinary language. Check out this handmade notebook:
Not only will you have something tasty to enjoy at the end, but the act of baking is itself a creative exercise. From playing with the dough and feeling it in between your fingers, to creating a colourful design, to enjoying the sweet taste, its all art. Make sure to use the finest ingredients – natural, organic, non-GMO!
6) Bring out the drama
Act out your favourite scenes to a movie, write your own play and create costumes, or hey, just play charades! Get into a character that resonates with you, feel the thoughts and emotions of that character, and express!
“The best art is about individualism, free self-expression and realising a unique, imaginative perspective- A true artist takes no notice whatever of the public. The public are to him non-existent.”– Oscar Wilde –
GOAL OF THE WEEK: Pick a form of artistic expression that you are good at, or enjoy, or would like to learn. Set aside some time this week to explore and engage with that artistic activity – even if just for 30 minutes. After you have done it, reflect on how you feel. Do you notice a difference compared to before you engaged in the artistry? How did you feel while engaging in the artistic activity? Were you in the flow? Did you feel relaxed? Or invigorated? How did it feel to explore your creative side?
Reconnect with your nature. How will you explore your artistic side? Stay Well Charged. Live Well Natured.
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Davies, C., Knuiman, M., & Rosenberg, M. (2016, January 5). The art of being mentally healthy: a study to quantify the relationship between recreational arts engagement and mental well-being in the general population. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4702355/
(1) Martin, L., Oepen, R., Bauer, K., Nottensteiner, A., Mergheim, K., Gruber, H., & Koch, S. C. (2018, February 22). Creative Arts Interventions for Stress Management and Prevention-A Systematic Review. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29470435
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