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Art and Stress Relief, By Christine C. Cantrell, PhD

  • Posted on February 26, 2019 at 9:04 am

Sunday, February 24, 2019 There are a lot of life stressors these days, pushing our stress hormone cortisol levels higher, causing fight or flight reactions in our body:  high blood pressure, lowered immune system, tense muscles and upset digestive track, and insomnia to boot.  Sure, meditation is in, but how do you meditate if your mind is always racing? Art.  You do art to reduce stress.  No, you don’t have to be an “artist.”  All you need is a bit of time and some colored pencils, some clay or play dough, some paint and paper.  Or you could crochet or knit.  You could sing in the shower, or join a chorus!  It’s all art and you get to choose whatever you are in the mood for.  You can make something you would never show anyone, or you might even like the final result.  And you might just find one of your passions. This is from science!  A research study  by Assistant professor of creative arts at Drexel University, Girija Kaimal examined the effects of making art on stress-related hormones in your body.  The results, published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, titled “Reduction of Cortisol Levels…