Stress Management Using Art Therapy
What is Stress Management?
Stress occurs in your body in response to a challenging event or situation that needs immediate attention. This reaction triggers your nervous system to produce a series of hormones that cause accelerated breathing, an elevated heartbeat, tightening of the muscles, and in some cases, a sudden spurt of energy.
Stress management is a term used to describe the process of regulating a person’s level of stress.
Challenges of Stress Management
For the patient who feels that stress doesn’t affect them or do not know how to identify the signs of stress, asking focused questions about their sleep patterns, energy levels and how they feel after eating can offer valuable clues.
Most individuals recognize that they should be eating less sugar and more vegetables, getting adequate sleep and coping with their stress using meditation or yoga, instead of indulging in unhealthy habits.
The art of stress management is being able to manage the symptoms in a way that restores health and supports the motivation to maintain healthy habits.
Art Therapy for Stress Management
Individuals can utilize the advantages of art therapy to embrace their creative side in an effort to diminish stress and get in touch with their feelings.
As children, we all knew the joys of sculpting with Play-Dough, painting with our fingers, or drawing with crayons. However, if you’re like most adults, you don’t express yourself with art as you did as a child.
While you might think that you have no talent for creating art, or that it’s not worth your time, art is actually a great tool for relieving stress, even for those who don’t consider themselves to be particularly creative.
Benefits of Art Therapy for Stress Management
One of the main reasons that art therapy is so successful is that the simple act of creating art can help relieve stress in several ways. Here are some ways that producing works of art can alleviate stress in a number of ways.
Distraction: Art can take your mind off of what’s causing you stress. It’s difficult to continue reflecting on your problems when you’re focused on creating. And when you’re finished, you will have a clearer head with which to tackle your issues again.
Flow: This refers to a state of being completely engrossed to the point of being in a near-meditative state. It provides many of the benefits of meditation, which will leave you far less stressed. You can feel the ‘flow’ when you’re participating in creative activities such as painting, sculpting, or drawing.
Self-Care: With all of life’s responsibilities, we sometimes forget that we deserve downtime and self-care. Regularly devoting time to a hobby can provide more balance in your life and give you more of what you need.
Chronic stress can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. Don’t wait until it affects your health, relationships or quality of life. Call today for more information regarding how art therapy can help you manage the stress in your life.