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How painting can help relieve stress

Updated: Nov 5, 2021

International Stress Awareness Week is celebrated around the world from 1st - 5th November. The main purpose is to raise awareness of ways people can combat stress.

But, firstly what is stress? – The modern idea of stress was introduced by Dr Hans Selye in the 1950s. He defined it as “the nonspecific response of the body to any demand, whether it is caused by, or results in, pleasant or unpleasant conditions”. Yikes

To celebrate the week, we wanted to share how painting helped us both relax, as we continue to navigate our way through the hustle and bustle of life.

In the modern world, we live in, there are so many things happening and it is so easy to get overwhelmed and caught up in it all. Trust us, we get it. One of the things that we realised was we needed to take action and look after ourselves. Our question was how?

We found tapping into our creative side as a great stress buster. In fact, it is our happy place. For example, when the day job has been challenging, taking some time out and painting literally uplifts our mood. We found ourselves completely immersed in painting, quickly forgetting what was on our minds. A study by Drexel University found that making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones in your body in as little as 45 minutes of painting. WOW.

Here is how painting helped us to de-stress, be calm and live our best life:

1. Being free - unleashing our inner child. We painted whatever we wanted, free from judgement and took a carefree attitude to whatever we were painting. Ultimately, we just love how painting gives us the space to have fun and learn new techniques.

2. Painting is like meditation - we both have attempted meditation and our minds often wonder ( not sure if you found that) but with painting, we found ourselves completely immersed in creating our masterpiece, driving us to a near state of meditation we became calm we felt less stressed.

3. Exploring colours - we love using bright colours. For example, the colour blue is known as the colour of trust and is associated with reducing stress and creating calmness. Or the colour yellow, which is a compelling colour that conveys fresh energy. Green, is a colour that has a strong association as a refreshing and peaceful colour. Our favourite colour is magenta, such a rich and vibrant colour that makes us smile. These colours always brightened our mood. All these colours can be found in our beginner art kit. You can read more about the psychology of colours.

One more thing......

The great thing about painting is there are no limits to what you can create, as we are all artists. Our online social painting experience will help you unleash your inner creativity

whilst encouraging you to relax. We provide step by step guidance, however, we do encourage you to be free and paint what you feel like. No experience is needed. If your looking for a new way to relieve stress try our online painting events.

Let's not forget colouring books

If painting isn’t your thing, why not try out adult colouring books. Did you know that colouring can be another effective way of relieving stress. They are a great mood booster, reduce stress and help you unwind. You know that feeling of being completely immersed in something and you switch off from thinking about whatever is on your mind. Colouring books promote a meditative effect similar to meditation. Check out our previous blog on the benefits of colouring books and why we love them.

Try our 30-day wellbeing challenge and see how stress-free you feel. All you have to do is download the pdf from the top of our home page. We also recommend our ultimate creative kit which will introduce you to colouring and painting.

The most important thing is to put yourself first and live your best life.

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