Get creative and lower your stress
According to MindFood.com, activities like painting, sculpting, drawing, colouring and photography are relaxing and rewarding hobbies that are considered to lower your stress level and leave you feeling mentally clear and calm.
Creating art provides a distraction, giving your brain a break from your usual thoughts, even the current COVID-19 pandemic.
As Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
There is no better time to give it a go while we’ve got time on our hands and we’re looking for things to do whilst staying indoors. Whether creating art comes to you naturally or not, or whether you're naturally talented or not, we are all born with an innate desire to express ourselves, so you may be very pleasantly surprised with your expressions.
Art comes in many forms, so whatever your calling, do it with passion and zest. It's not meant to be frustrating, rather something to be enjoyed. If you've never done it before, now is a great time to try.
Don't discount the popular art trend for stress relief - adult colouring books. Colouring enthusiasts claim that colouring makes them feel calmer, mentally clearer, happier, and more relaxed. When engaged in their hobby, “colourists,” as they call themselves, say that their worries temporarily fade away. And while colouring may have previously seemed childish, book publishers have cleverly marketed colouring as an acceptable adult activity.
Art is everywhere. Naturally we find it in every flower, when we look up to the sky, while we gaze out of our window to the landscape before us and with every person we meet. And books, TV and social media allow us to expand our creative ideas even further.
YouTube is filled with free tutorials and creative outpourings including Watercolour - Guide for Beginners and picturesque Australia. Why not take some free online art and design appreciation lessons or try your hand at Stress Relief Coloring for Adults – a free app that lets you fill in and change colours on over 150 templates with a click.
Hopefully these ideas can stimulate some additional creativity and wonderful self-satisfaction. And when you’re done, don’t forget to share your master pieces with us!