Creative destressing… Get a little crafty.
You don’t have to paint perfect sunsets, knit flawless hats, or sew meticulous quilts to enjoy the benefits of art therapy. “The actual process of making art can alleviate emotional stress and anxiety by creating a physiological response of relaxation.”
Creative activity increases serotonin in your brain, which improves mood. When you’re not attached to the end result (such as a perfectly knit sweater), crafts can lower your heart rate and blood pressure and trigger feelings of calm and peace.
While these are “projects” that take you out of the norm of your real world and allow you for a moment to not think about an outcome but to enjoy the process.
I can think clearly when I destress as I allow myself to play. As children, our mothers often walk away when we are crying, waiting patiently around the corner, cringing and hoping we’ll stop. And what happens, “Guess crying isn’t going to get me anywhere, Oh a toy!” We were born with a creative outlet instinct to play. We forget to play as adults. No time to play, all business, seriously, that’s one unhappy person. These people turn to bad, damaging ways to escape. I help nurture that playful imagination we were born with.