Article : Ian Tsang Edited : Konrede Limited Date : Nov 2020
Stress is an issue that concerns pretty much all of us and the question is how can we deal with it. It builds up so quickly to a point that we accept it as part of our lives. A lot of us seek various ways to relieve stress and try to make ourselves happier. Whether it is exercising, gaming, meditating, shopping or listening to your favourite music, you probably have tried some of these already. However, have you ever considered art as an activity to make yourself happier?
We are already overwhelmed by incoming information daily, instead of being the recipient, why not find a way to express ourselves? Creating art can be very rewarding because you are making something that is special to you. The “piece” can exist in many forms, from doodling, drawing, painting, calligraphy, sculpting to photography; it is entirely up to you to decide which form you want to pursue. They all serve the same purpose, to help you to relieve stress and stay away from anxiety. When we let our thoughts flow, we feel satisfied when new ideas come out. Devoting yourself to this process also ignites your creativity.
Researchers from Drexel’s College have found that the stress hormone cortisol lowers significantly after 45 minutes of creating art. Simple materials were provided to the participants and no directions were given. Though the effectiveness varied a bit from person to person, the results showed that the amount of art experiences and cortisol levels lowered had no correlation.
Besides, whether you are creating or observing an art piece, your brain also releases endorphin when you enjoy art, a hormone which helps you to counter stress and relieves pain.
As we can see, there are a lot of benefits to creating art. All of us want to express ourselves in some ways and art is an excellent medium. The best part is you don’t have to be a professional artist to enjoy these benefits. It is about the process more than the creation itself. Whether you are working or studying, it should not be difficult for you to spare a moment to create.
So, start creating today and become more positive!