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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 January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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