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Making Art Can Relieve Stress And Prevent Depression

Making Art Can Relieve Stress And Prevent Depression

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” ― Aristotle

Whether it is through music, painting, sculpting, or any other form, making art has always been a great way for people to express themselves. It is a great way to let their inner thoughts and emotions out in the open. Not only does art allow freedom, but it also has a soothing effect. In a way, making art is like talking, only you are doing it with an instrument or a paint brush. Either way, its power to heal is significant.

Unfortunately, many of us think that in order to paint something, you have to be talented as well as imaginative. That is not true. Just as with writing, driving, or giving speeches, it is a universal skill. And, as such, it can be taught and learned with a little bit of effort. Better yet, it can be learned by people of all different ages, occupations, and interests.

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All you need is willpower and practice. It doesn’t matter if you are a busy professional, young or old, you can start creating art today.

The benefits of making art: fighting stress and depression

Since not every person is the same or has the same preferences, we have to choose unique ways in which to express ourselves. Thanks to the diversity of art, there are many techniques that can help set your mind at ease, alleviate stress, and fight depression. Depending on the person, some might choose coloring books, which have been growing in popularity in recent years. Fortunately, there have been many published ones with various themes.

The reason these books are so popular is simple: they’re fun. They bring us back to our childhoods, awakening feelings of carelessness, of a child’s innocent and unconcerned mind. Coloring books have a big stress-relieving effect. It seems as though this simple technique can greatly help adults unwind and relax after a hard day’s work.

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If you have a bit more talent, you can move on to painting or drawing and give yourself the freedom to to create something truly unique, to give others a glimpse into your mind and the beautiful mess residing inside.

However, not everyone is into coloring or painting. Others might want to go for a more digital form of art – photography.

Getting started with photography

Because photography demands some time and effort — you need to learn how to use a camera, to understand how lighting works, and so on – it’s an amazing form of therapy for people suffering from depression. Taking the time to learn all the tricks can get someone’s mind off all the dark thoughts. It’s a form of distraction.

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Furthermore, photography promotes imagination and requires some physical effort on your part. The photographer has to go out and about in order to explore their surroundings and practice taking shots of various objects. This constant movement and immersion into society benefits mood substantially.

Even though it seems time-consuming, photography can be your hobby even if you are a busy person. If you plan it well, you can do it a few times a week or a month – it doesn’t have to be a daily ritual. Additionally, you do not need an excellent, high-grade professional camera. Many camera makers have great entry-level options for new photographers on a budget, great examples being the Canon T5 or T5i. With a little bit of practice and a some initial investment, you can get a lot of benefits from this hobby.

“I don’t have time or energy for art,” is not a valid excuse

All you need is a little push. Pick one hobby and start doing it. Not only will it fill up your day, but it will also keep your brain activity normal. Hell, it can even improve your thinking.

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Even if you are a business professional, you still have time for art. Sign up for music lessons, buy a camera, get yourself some paintbrushes and some paint, or even get a few whittling knives and a block of wood – whatever you feel comfortable with — and start practicing. You can do it during breaks at work, before bed, or on weekends. Obviously, there is a time slot for it — all you need to do is say yes.

Think of it as a new challenge and try it out. Plus, art is a great stimulant. It will keep you creative and alert. Besides getting new ideas, you can learn about yourself and get a better insight into your emotions and thoughts. The advantages will quickly become clear in both your personal and professional life.

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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