Sometimes, we all need to take a CRASH: creative rest and self-healing.
Art therapy is a way to relax, center, and express emotions. The trick is to do it gently and not create a big production over which you can procrastinate and get anxious. Think of it as creative rest.
Start with a simple activity: get some crayons and a coloring book at the dollar store. Pick up a pen and a piece of scratch paper and make some doodles. Anytime you notice you’re too much in your head, take a deep breath and make a doodle.
After a busy or stressful week, set aside an hour to express yourself through a simple art project. (If you’re also feeling tense, consider doing some physical activity first, like taking a walk or rocking out to some music.) Get a big piece of paper and some colored pencils or finger paint. Get a can of play-doh or make some creative clay at home and smoosh out some shapes (take a photo if you want to keep a record of them). As you express yourself, you diffuse uncomfortable emotions and begin to process and release them.
Consider making art as part of your quarterly or annual planning; before you write down your goals for the quarter/year, take an hour to make some art of how you’re feeling currently and how you’d like to feel at the end of the quarter/year, and be sure your goals contribute to that mood.
Take five minutes today to CRASH! I would love to see what you make or hear about your experience. Please share in the comments or on my Facebook page.