Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Art and Stress

I'm sorry I haven't posted in awhile. I haven't had anything newsworthy to write about.

Stress can cause our creativity to be squashed. Days that I am stressed, art just doesn’t happen. I found in the April 2008 edition of Body & Soul magazine some ways to beat stress.

- Exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. This will help reduce anxiety and depression.
- Eat fewer carbs and drink less caffeine.
- Get out of your head. Practice meditation or yoga.
- Fine-tune your juggling act. Don’t answer emails while eating lunch, etc. Keep things uncluttered.
- Just say no.
- Know yourself. Know how you react in social settings. Do you get stressed or thrive? Know what refuels you.
- Take herbs and vitamins.
- Play “hide the laptop”. Start and end each day in stillness.
- Seek out sound therapy. Music helps a person unwind.
- Paint a picture or go bowling.

Hope some of these tips can help you reduce the stress in your life! I plan to use some of these myself!


Rose Welty said...

Stress can just eat you up, it has me lately, just can't find a way to settle myself, I'll have to try some of these ideas.

Love the new photo of you by the way!

Valerie Jones said...

Walking does help ease the stress. If you can, go for a short walk.

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