“The arts are a critical component of healthcare. Expressive art is a tool to explore, develop and practice creativity as a means to wellness.” ~ Wellarts Association
Feeling scared, anxious or in the doldrums over concerns about the state of health of this country and around the world? It’s difficult to know how accurate what we are hearing in the news really is. Rather than hitting the panic button, I often work through the percentages in mind of the numbers of people who are ill with the latest outbreak relative to total population. It makes me feel better. An approach of faith vs. fear takes away my anxiety.
I don’t want to be an April fool, so I’ll still err on the side of caution by taking extra precaution in social distancing, washing my hands frequently and making other conscientiously wise lifestyle choices.
A wellness practice that many miss out on in a time like this is to increase creative play in ones life. You may think infusing art into ones life is a lot of bunk but over the decades art therapy has been studied widely and research has shown the benefits. If nothing else using one’s imagination provides distraction from thinking about negatives and puts focus onto something else. Here’s an article from Psychology Today about using creativity as a wellness practice.
Infusing art can be something as simple as taking more time than you ordinarily would to decorate a batch of cookies, re-arranging a corner of your room with greater thought to it’s design in the overall scheme of the room, grabbing one of your kid’s coloring books and crayons and adding your touch to a page, picking your favorite tune and dancing like no one is watching. Wahoo! Why not? What’s stopping you?