Art for Stress Relief

Art is powerful tool in improving my stress levels by providing a creative outlet that allows me relax, unwind, and express myself. I thought it would be useful to share some ways art can be used as a form of stress relief.

Mindful Art-Making

Engaging in art mindfully, by paying attention to the present moment without judgment, can help you focus your mind, calm racing thoughts, and enhance relaxation. You can engage in activities such as drawing, painting, coloring, or any other form of art that you enjoy, and immerse yourself fully in the creative process, letting go of worries and distractions.

Expressive Art

Art can be a way to express and process emotions related to stress. You can use art to depict your feelings, thoughts, and experiences, allowing yourself to externalize and release them creatively. This can provide a cathartic release and help you gain insights into your emotions, reducing emotional distress.

Art as a Distraction

Engaging in art can serve as a healthy distraction from stressors and worries. It can provide a break from negative thought patterns and redirect your focus to a creative activity that brings you joy and fulfillment. This can help reduce stress and promote a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Creative Problem-Solving

Engaging in art can stimulate your creative thinking and problem-solving skills. When you encounter challenges or stressors, art-making can provide a space to think outside the box, experiment with different ideas, and come up with innovative solutions. This can foster a sense of empowerment and resilience in dealing with stressors.

Sensory Experience

Art can be a sensory experience, involving tactile sensations, visual stimulation, and even auditory or olfactory elements depending on the medium you choose. Engaging your senses in the creative process can help you become more present in the moment, and activate your relaxation response, reducing stress and promoting a sense of calm.

Self-Care and Self-Nurturing:

Engaging in art can be a form of self-care and self-nurturing. Taking time to engage in a creative activity that you enjoy can help you prioritize self-care and create space for self-expression, play, and relaxation. This can contribute to a greater sense of well-being and stress relief.

If you’re interested in using art as a means to reduce stress, incorporating art into your routine, such as painting, drawing, or engaging in other creative activities, may be worth exploring as a potential tool for relaxation and stress management. However, it’s always advisable to consult with a qualified healthcare professional for personalized advice on managing stress or any other health concerns.

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to engage in art for stress relief. The key is to find an art form or activity that you enjoy and that feels meaningful to you. You don’t need to be a professional artist to benefit from art as a tool for stress relief. Experiment with different art forms, explore your creativity, and allow yourself to enjoy the process without judgment. If you find it helpful, you may also consider working with a qualified art therapist who can provide guidance and support in using art for stress relief.


  1. SelmaMartin says:

    Great encouragement. I love this. πŸ‘

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    1. Thank you! πŸ™πŸ¦‹

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  2. Ashley says:

    Thank you, Jennifer! Many good ways to be creative πŸŒΉπŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

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    1. Thank you! Hope you are having a wonderful day. πŸŒΊπŸ’™πŸ₯°

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  3. Good stuff. I’ve been trying to do sketchaday work and middleweight projects. It helps. Quite a lot.

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    1. Thank you. Being able to sketch daily is great. So happy to hear it helps! πŸ™‚

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  4. johnlmalone says:

    I love those frogs doing yoga; it’s a reminder to me to practice yoga more regularly instead of once or twice a week —

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    1. Funny thing, I was waiting for the right opportunity use my frog picture! 🐸😊

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      1. johnlmalone says:

        Jennifer, you’ve inspired a yoga post in me; may I use your frog pic as a header, with due attribution ?

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      2. Of course! 😊

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      3. johnlmalone says:

        thank you πŸ™‚ I’m working on it now ; probably go up in a day or two

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  5. Priti says:



    1. Thank you! I’m sorry for the delayed response, you got caught in my spam folder!


  6. Bridgette says:

    Thank you for this πŸ™‚


    1. You’re welcome! 😊


  7. I’ve always wanted to learn to draw, like the daily journals artists make. They look so lovely. My therapy would be writing, being creative that way. This was a great post, reminder that being creative is indeed therapeutic.


    1. I agree that artists journals are beautiful! I tend to keep my drawing journal private but I may get the courage to share it someday.
      Writing is an excellent form of therapy because you are able to use words to express yourself to the reader, which you do a great job of!
      I appreciate your comment. πŸ¦‹πŸ˜Š


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