Paint! Draw! Rock out!
What do Britney Spears, Mozart, Play-Dough, and acrylic paints have in common?
Give up yet?
Your first instinct might be to say ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
But the truth is, they can all contribute to relaxation and stress relief!
Music therapy and art therapy have become specialized fields in health care because of their therapeutic benefits and positive effects on health. A great thing about art and music is that you can benefit from them in the comfort of your own home, everyday!
And the next time someone questions your taste in music, you can use the excuse, “Hey, it’s helping to make me healthy!” Even if you are listening to Britney’s “Oops I Did it Again.”
Many of us can identify the effects music has on our body and psychological state. We may move to the beat or find ourselves being emotionally moved by the lyrics or rhythm. Because of this, music can be truly healing.
Even research affirms it music has legitimate benefits. Music therapy has been used in many areas of health including; cancer, ADHD, pain management, depression, and muscle relaxation.
Here are a few ways regularly listening to music can help you to relax and de-stress:
Physical relaxation: After a stressful day, music can help relax tense muscles.
Energy! Music can help you to get energized when exercising or doing things around the house such as cleaning, cooking, or organizing.
State of mind: Music helps create a meditative state. It allows you to focus during other stress relief activities such as yoga or a long bath. It also encourages a more positive and optimistic state of mind.
Self-care: Music can help you feel more positive about your world and yourself! Music with positive and empowering lyrics can be helpful when feeling stressed or down and contribute to a more optimistic outlook.
Some of us may have a natural artistic talent, but others may feel like it’s a struggle to express their “artistic side.” But no matter your skill level, everyone can benefit from art therapy and discovering the creativity within you.
Here are a few ways art therapy benefits your health:
State of mind: Creating art often takes intense concentration. The act of intently focusing on something can create a “meditative state,” causing a decline in stress levels. Additionally, concentrating on the project at hand can help to distract you from the sources of your stress. Following work on your project, you will have a clearer head to deal with stress.
Self-care: We all need to take time for ourselves and sometimes it is difficult to do that amongst all of life’s responsibilities. A few minutes dedicated to a therapeutic hobby such as art can help you feel balanced, less stressed, and more positive about life.
Creating art is not just about the finished product. The act of creating something is equally important in stress relief. Here are a few ideas for how to include art therapy in your routine:
Sketch or paint: Sketch drawings or draw/paint abstract pictures that are related to feelings about current or past stress. It helps to get in touch with your emotions and relieve stress.
Around the house: Gardening or organizing can be an expression of creativity. They can be a helpful distraction and a break from stressful responsibility.
It doesn’t matter what type of music you like or what kind of art project you create, it is all beneficial to your health. We all need a break from the stresses of everyday life, and art and music can help us briefly escape.
Talk to your healthcare provider if you feel that professional music or art therapy would be beneficial.
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