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Simple Art Activity For Stress Relief

Stress is overwhelming. Yet, no matter how stressful your life may seem, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control of your life.

This simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of managing stress,and you have a lot more control than you might think.

Even when you think that there will never be more hours in the day, when the bills won’t stop coming, when work and family responsibilities are becoming too demanding, you can manage.

Effective stress management, helps you break the hold stress has on your life.

We’re all looking to be happier, healthier, and more productive and that’s why it’s important to experiment and find out what works best for you.

Art therapy

It is a therapy which empowers the user through the use of art and creativity. Art therapy is actually a form of therapeutic practice which uses art in order to deal with emotions and issues. It is a relatively new form of therapy but it is just as useful in releasing stress as many traditional therapies

Benefits of Art Therapy

  • Helps to cope with workplace stress by painting during lunch breaks when working in a corporate environment.
  • Helped with the flow of emotions through expressing what you might feel.
  • Assists with releasing anger and unhappiness almost instantaneously.


Art Exercise 1 (Time needed: 10 minutes)


A pencil or a pen

A piece of paper or cardboard


  1. Take the pencil and place it on the paper
  2. Close your eyes and focus on the problem or stress you have encountered.
  3. When you have found the place in your body the stress exists, start to move the pencil around. This is likely to be very quickly.
  4. Focus on that thought and release it through movement onto the paper. Allow your emotion to dictate what comes out and not your mind. It’s not meant to look like anything – just an expression of your soul.
  5. Do this exercise up to 3 times but then take a break. Sometimes we can go very deep with this exercise so take care and be kind. I cry quite often when I do this exercise, so tears are fine – they help to shift what you are holding onto and frees up a huge amount of pleasure.


~ Luke Kamenye