As a follow-up to my most recent post about Silence, I wanted to share a bonus “Collecting Creativity” post about relaxing with creative projects . . .
. . . long deep breath . . .
Creating simple art projects in silence or with soft music playing can be a meditative and/or inspiring experience. With the holiday season upon us, it’s a great time to think of small, simple things you can do to collect yourself and stay grounded.
Over the past few years, several of these types of creative relaxation activities (such as coloring and drawing zentangles) have been trending. I confess, I still find coloring more stressful than relaxing, so I think it’s good to remember that this isn’t a one-size-fits-all thing. You can try a few different things to see what feels right for you. I really enjoy taking paints and brushes and making abstract patterns on paper or panels (one of these is featured above).
I’ve collected a couple of links with other creative suggestions and have noted one of my favorite ideas from each link, but there are many more there to explore:
20 Art Therapy Activities You Can Try at Home to Destress
“Map Out Your Heart” is one of my favorites from this list. The suggestion is to actually draw out a map breaking up different regions and spaces within your heart, filling in the spaces with either various colors or with images cut from magazines or old books.
6 Art Activities to Help Boost Self-Esteem
From this list, I most like the idea of creating a mask that represents your outer self and then one that represents your inner self. How would they be different? Don’t shy away from this if you’re sensitive to the term “self-esteem” — you might be surprised.
Would you like to give any of these a try? Do you have other favorite types of projects you find relaxing?
If you’re creating relaxation, I’d love to hear about it — or see it!
I’m going to go chill out now. Peace. 😉
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