Art Therapy for Stress Management

Art Therapy for Stress Management

Hello friends! Today I’ll show you how to
make therapeutic art to manage your stress. Make sure you find a space that
feels comfortable and where you won’t be disturbed. Put on a salt lamp, candles, low lights, or even essential oil diffuser. The materials you need are paper, any kind of drawing or painting material –
I’m using Caran Dache – which is a water-soluble pastel, also you can bring
water with cup and brushes (if you are painting). First set an intention to make
art today to relieve stress and not add to it with making judgments about our
art work. Be willing to open up to the creative process. Now gently place your
attention on your breathing and your body. Rate your stress from a scale of
zero to ten – zero being no stress and ten being extreme stress – and just rate what
number you are right now. Relax and make yourself comfortable. When you are ready imagine an
environment where you can be stress-free, a place where you can relax, be
comfortable, and feel at peace. Once you have this image in mind you can start
creating. When we’re stressed out we first need to
relieve the tension we’re holding in our bodies. It might
feel counterintuitive but instead of trying to solve our stress we need to
let go and first breathe. This exercise will help you first get into your body
and tap into your right brain instead of the left brain and tap into our creative
imagination to calm our overthinking stressed-out mind. When we’re stressed we really forget to relax and we really forget to tap into the peace and calm
that we already have within us and this prompt will help you to tap into it
easily. So I’m creating a scene of myself at the beach I added some water to make it into a painting. Let me know in the comments what is your favorite place that you like to be in when you’re stressed out. Where is a
place that you can feel totally relaxed and 100% calm? After you have finished your artwork you
can clear out the space and get ready for some reflective writing. You can bring a journal or a paper and a
pen to write with and write down the answers to these
questions, to get more in depth into your artwork. First question is where is this
place? Simply describe what kind of place this is that you created. Second question
is how would you feel if you were in this place right now? What are the
emotions and what are the physical sensations that you might feel? And last
question is, what did you learn from this exercise? And write down any other
thoughts that come up right now. Thanks for following along with the self
art therapy practice. If you enjoyed this please like this video, subscribe to the
channel, and I’ll see you next time!

16 comments on “Art Therapy for Stress Management

  1. Deborah Meyers Post author

    As always amaizing video! And cute puss joining in. ? I like to go to my meditation sacred space altar light up the candles and breathe I make notes of my Emotions and where they have come from xx

  2. g0me3 Post author

    Today I drew along with your video for the first time. It felt really good, and I was pleasantly surprised by the associations the art brought up. Thank you.

  3. Vicky Curtin Post author

    My stress-free dream space is a secluded studio room that's warm, with plush carpet and a beautiful view of the ocean 🙂 Thank you for a relaxing video. I love the water soluble crayons too!

  4. Susanna D Post author

    ? this – the ocean is always great for stress free area but can be hard to get to I also love my garden I love to sit and watch nature just happening and it might sound strange but I love how alive and yet still everything is when you know there’s actually quite a lot going on ???????

  5. Zebra Soul Art Post author

    When I am stressed I like to listen to music or paint as well since I am also an Art Therapist. =)

  6. Art About Art Post author

    Hi, This is a really lovely exercise. I resisting doing art and I did this exercise and it was wonderful. Thank you. Karol

  7. untitled nicolina project Post author

    Discovered your channel through your sister's channel. Your idea of minimalism is more in line with my own, and as someone who is both quite anxious and passionate about art, your channel really appeals to me! Keep up the inspirational work!

  8. Simona Cornish Post author

    I quite often dream about a certain place, but I've never been there, I'm honestly not even sure if it's real. But I always feel a lot calmer and more grounded after dreaming or thinking of this place. Would it still work to draw it?

  9. lazymusician10 Post author

    I feel most relaxed when I take a warm shower, or have a hot cup of tea, going to a bookstore or library. Or even when I go on a walk on a trail or explore a place I've never been to. But I have to make time for my mini exploring times cause I'll be tired from work…or my dark thoughts kick and I don't want to do anything…


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