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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Baker, MA

Art Therapy Activities to Help You De-Stress


Have you ever wondered how doing a simple art activity like drawing, painting or listening to music helps you relax after a long and stressful day? This is because art is therapeutic.

Art therapy is not only used as a form of treatment, it can also be used to relieve stress or tension. Consider these exercises if you are looking to feel a little more laid back.

Draw using your non-dominant hand

Pablo Picasso once said, “All children are artists”. But as we grow older, we tend to over think and worry too much whether the final product would look good or not. Forget about the end product and try to relax. You can meditate, do deep breathing exercises or listen to soothing music before you begin. Now, pass your pencil to your non-dominant hand and start drawing.

The concept of letting go is often necessary in the process of art. Relax your body, clear your mind and unlearn anything you have learned about control and style.

Create your own thank you cards

Sometimes, we’re too busy with work and other duties that we forget how blessed we are. Now, it’s time to give back to those people who helped you in the past. Get a stack of paper and envelopes and create your own thank you cards. Don’t forget to write a simple message to those people who have made a lasting impact in your life.

Scribble in total darkness

Try creating artwork in total darkness to make art free from that inner critic inside your head. Once you turn off the lights, you are free to draw lines, shapes or anything you desire. By turning away from negative thoughts, overanalyzing and worries, you can focus on the drawing and allow yourself to relax.

Not being able to judge what you’re drawing and having to worry how it looks like can be liberating.

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