Art as Therapy
In south Louisiana many were affected by the August floods. My mom died in November of last year and I had been slowly going through her home when the flood claimed her house. While we didn’t lose everything inside, it still had to have 2 feet of wall removed (which is not bad considering what most people had… but for me it was enough.). I personally have felt defeated, stressed and restless for MONTHS!
Now the holidays are upon us and that adds more strain to the mix.
If you that are feeling overwhelmed, stressed and anxious this time of year, I have bit of advice…. Make something!
As long as you involved in the act of making, you give yourself a break from all that is stressing you.
Studies show that art and hobbies are a form of therapy. They allow you get out of your head and focus on something else. The older we get the more we tend to reply on other things to handle stress, but by simply going back to something we did as a child can offer some relief. The act of creating gives your body time to relax and regroup.
I feel my most comfortable in my studio space. Just walking into my studio gives me a bit a peace.
So if you are feeling anxious like me, take the time to find a hobby or revisit an old one. It will do you a world of good and you never know, you may end up saving some money by crafting some gifts this year… someone may love the crocheted toilet paper covers you make. J