How Being Creative Can Reduce Stress
Did you know something so fun and easy like being creative can have so many positive benefits for your mind and body? When you are focusing on one single creative task you are clearing your mind from any other thoughts, while at the same time reducing stress. Since you are focusing on doing one thing at a time, it really slows down your mind and is shown to be very therapeutic. Which in turn leaves us feeling so refreshed.
In a recent study, researchers provided about forty people with art supplies such as markers and paper, and told them to create anything they wanted over a period of 45 minutes. The research showed that no matter the artistic experience of the participants, about 75 percent experienced a decrease in their levels of cortisol– a hormone that the body secretes to respond to stress.
These 5 creative ways to reduce stress are so refreshing and almost even mediative. It’s a good natural cure that helps your body and mind and will leave you feeling incredible in so many ways. Especially around this holiday season, when we have so much on our plates! I love “taking a break” from my daily life and duties to do something fun and completely for myself. It is so amusing and joyus to open up our creative/ child-like side- you will be so grateful you did!
I absolutely adore painting, yet by no means would I consider myself to be very good at it. I mostly do it just for fun, or when I would like to try something creatively new. But every time I pick up a brush, and watch it as it glides across my canvas all my stresses completely disappear. There’s something so mesmerizing about painting. I especially find watercolors to be fun to work with, and I am so delighted by the way it makes me feel so calm and enlightened.
2. Walking In + Photographing Nature
This is probably one of my favorite ways to rid of stress, as I love to be outside in nature, and I also love photography if you haven’t noticed. Being in a fresh and natural element is so serene and automatically soothing. You can’t help but leave all your stresses behind whilst in nature. Taking a camera along with you will help get your creative juices flowing, and will help keep your focus on something new. Plus, going into nature with the intent of taking photographs will keep you more mindful and aware of your surroundings which is always so refreshing.
Journaling is such an easy way to relieve stress. Write about your day, what your grateful for, a love letter to someone, to your favorite city or even short poems. Journaling can be so calming and relaxing, and its so nice to physically write on paper rather than texting or typing like we are so used to. Writing things down and journaling can help get whatever is inside your mind, out. Leaving your mind decluttered and stress free.
4. Coloring Books
You know those popular adult coloring books that everyone seems to be crazing about lately? Well theres more to it than just being aesthetically pleasing, and a fun/ easy way to be creative. They can actually help reduce your stress, and is super easy to do if you don’t consider yourself very creative. Coloring helps you to focus on one thing, leaving all your worries elsewhere. And it helps you to express your creative side in an easy way. Plus they are so much fun!
Many don’t always think of cooking as creative but it totally is. And it is very satisfying as well as stress relieving! Even if you’re following a recipe.. Being hands on and creating something yourself will awaken your senses, and leave you feeling happy and proud. Leave your stress and worries out of the kitchen, and get cooking! (these are some of my favorite vegan recipes)