How Painting Relieves Stress
April 27th, 2011 | Author: Kurt ResoStudies have shown there can be a direct connection between painting and a reduction of stress levels. Clinical art therapy is commonly used by therapists to encourage self-expression and improve communication between the therapist and a patient who is suffering from a severe mental health condition. Similar benefits can also be gained by individuals affected by anxiety or stress by expressing their creative side and developing painting skills.There are many different ways to alleviate stress and not every method will work for every single person. Most individuals will need to try a few different methods to discover which one is the most beneficial to them personally.The Positive Effects of PaintingOne of the main reasons that art therapy has proved to be successful is due to the accumulative effects of several well known key benefits associated with the act of painting. These benefits include self-care, distraction and flow:Self-care means taking care of yourself and taking part in activities purely or partly for the benefit or your own well-being. Merely the act of finding new a hobby can make a person feel more well-balanced in their lifestyle. It is sometimes easy to forget – with all of the responsibilities in life – that most people need and should have some ‘me time’. Dedicating some time on a regular basis to painting can help this to be achieved.Painting and creating art is a good way of distracting your thoughts from whatever is causing your stressing or anxiety. The distraction is of course only a momentary effect, but many people find that the relaxation gained during a painting session enables them to have a clearer line of thought, which later helps them deal with problems and help put them into perspective.One further benefit of painting to relieve stress, as it can often enable a person to achieve a positive state of mind known as “Flow”. This is a state of mind which occurs when an individual involved in an activity is totally immersed with strong feelings of involvement and focus.What Art Supplies are Needed?Any type of paint can be used for painting to relieve stress, but for anyone taking up painting as a hobby for the first time I would personally recommend using an acrylic paint, such as Liquitex Acrylics. Other equipment needed includes a small selection of artists paint brushes of varying sizes, a pallet and some student quality stretched canvases or canvas boards.Artists acrylic paint is often the medium of choice for many beginners because of its versatility. It can be used straight from the tube to achieve a similar effect to oil paints or it can be mixed with water and used very much like watercolour paints.In general, it is very beneficial to set aside some time where you can do something simply for the purpose of self-enjoyment. While there are a number relaxing hobbies and pastimes to choose from the artistic pursuit of painting is certainly one which can be used to help you relax counter the stress which is caused by our hectic modern lifestyles.*If you are looking for a way to relieve stress, come to one our paint classes at Pinot's Palette The Woodlands! View our calendar at www.pinotspalette.com/woodlands/classes or call us at 936-321-2787!