Stress is unavoidable in our lives and plays a role in many medical conditions. Stress is cited as a risk factor in hypertension, heart disease, stroke, and plays a role in infertility, depression, PMS and obesity management. Art therapy is a recognized discipline within medicine, and the principles can be applied to everyday life to help reduce stress. The creative process can be a simple distraction, but can realize the same benefits as mediation. While art therapy tends to concentrate on drawing and painting, the creative process can be explored in many forms; from music, to cooking, to creative writing.
We are fortunate to live in a community with a number of gifted artists and studios who offer art lessons in a range of style and medium. Think about what might interest you, your spouse, or even your children, and consider a class as a gift for someone you love.
Taking a group art class can be a way to spend time with friends or meet new people. A couple’s art class can add a new dimension to a relationship. Exploring your creative side may uncover a hidden talent, but the focus should be the process of creating art and not the end result. Art and the creative process should be a time to relax, unwind, and unplug (you can’t text with your thumbs when your fingers are covered in paint!) Find time to enroll in an introductory art class and reap the benefits of stress reduction.