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Stress Reliever

November 21, 2014

These 12 Childhood Art Techniques Can Help Adults Relive Stress

This article is written by Priscilla Frank for The Huffington Post. The beginning of the article is below with a link to the entire piece.

Making art doesn’t necessarily sound like a stress reliever. Finding inspiration, keeping concentration, finding your artistic voice — these things demand extreme attention, time and effort. Yet there is something about expressing your creative side that can help put your mind at ease.

Most forms of art making involve both logic and creativity — for example, coloring inside the lines and mixing and matching colors to your preference. The combination of vision and precise motor skills also leads to an all-encompassing experience that captivates the brain, pushing other stressors out of the picture, at least temporarily. “The idea that creative expression can make a powerful contribution to the healing process has been embraced in many different cultures,” Heather L. Stuckey and Jeremy Nobel wrote in the American Journal of Public Health. Caregivers involved with creative arts intervention methods at cancer treatment centers in particular “reported significantly reduced stress, decreased anxiety, and increased positive emotions after taking part in the intervention.”

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