Art is a therapeutic exercise that provides a platform for self-expression. While we can express ourselves in all forms of the arts, visual or performing, the creative process promotes mental well-being and helps us relieve stress and enhance mental clarity. This is because art reduces levels of a stress related hormone called cortisol in the body.
Noa: For me, expressing thoughts, feelings, and emotions in words has always been a struggle. Although I am working on improving my verbal self-expression (check out my recent article on speaking your truth!), I find that through visual arts, I can often unfold hidden feelings or address issues by finding a new perspective with which to face my problems.
Ali: The process of creating something always brings me happiness. Art is a time for me to clear my head and express whatever thoughts and feelings I may have been experiencing. It’s one of my favorite ways to show myself love because I am knowingly taking time to engage in an activity that I know will bring me peace. The best thing about exploring your creative side is that you can’t make any mistakes! This realization relieves a great amount of stress and gives you the freedom to externalize your inner sentiments. Whether you’re considering starting an art practice to overcome anxiety, address insecurities, or simply to pick up a new hobby, you’re sure to feel the calming, clarifying effects the creative process provides.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are some ways art can fit in your life:
Feeling the burden of social anxiety?
Try wine and painting with friends! Get creative and spend time with others in an intimate setting. Wine and painting is a really great way to express yourselves artistically while getting comfortable with other people.
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Feeling overwhelmed from work or school?
Color in some of these pre-made coloring sheets! We’ve created some calming mandalas and fun doodles for you to practice filling in. Coloring in these sheets clears the mind and alleviates stress as all of the lines are already set for you! These coloring sets are yours to enjoy however you please.
Post a photo on your story and tag @fitflexyfolk @freckled_yogi & @yogi_noni so we can see your artwork (and repost you!)
Try making a collage! If drawing isn’t your thing, whip out some old magazines, a glue stick, a pair of scissors and construction paper.
Go though the magazines and cut out pictures and words that inspire you, motivate you, and overall make you happy. Glue them onto a larger poster and you’ve created a vision board of the things that bring you joy in life. This will help you visualize the things that are currently in your life and the things you want to add to your life to bring you joy. Vision boards are a great way to visualize your long term goals (then check this out to work on breaking your goal into realistic steps).
Feeling bored or frustrated? Looking for a new source of inspiration?
Make some doodles to improve your attention! Check out five of our favorite art instas for inspiration! Many people believe that their artwork can never improve, but all it takes is the first step to progress in your practice.