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Creatively Dealing With Stress: An Artist’s Relationship With Their Art – #7

Creatively Dealing With Stress: An Artist’s Relationship With Their Art – #7

After so many questions related directly to our art, I wanted to ask about how other artists deal with mental and/or emotional stressors. I know first hand that there can be a lot of things going on in life that can trigger stress, and even though art itself can be an excellent way to relieve stress, it’s not the only way.

I learned to use various techniques, besides art, while in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and used them very often when dealing with stress. Included are breathing techniques, grounding techniques and so much more. How do other creatives deal with stress, do they create art, or use similar techniques that I learned in DBT?

I would love to hear your answer to the question “What techniques do you use that have helped you when facing mental or emotional stressors?” Post your answer in the comments below.

What techniques do you use that have helped you when facing mental or emotional stressors?

Vas Littlecrow: I simply make art.  If that doesn’t work, I go outside and just enjoy a walk.  If that fails, I take a nap. – vaslittlecrow.com

 

Delisa Carnegie: I write A LOT, make more stuff, and do some sort of physical activity. I find chopping firewood to be very helpful in releasing stress. I give myself permission to make bad ugly things and sometimes I take them outside and set them on fire. – thecreativityrebellion.com

 

Charlene Slimp:  Breathing. Whenever stress gets to me, of any kind, I focus on my breathing. My mother was a yoga instructor and when I was little, I used to hyperventilate all the time. So she taught me yogic breathing. Now whenever things feel like they’re out of hand, I concentrate on breathing. I figure as long as I can still do that, I’ll be able to work through things. Even during panic attacks, my breathing rarely becomes stressed or quickened. I also find that a good nap can do wonders for your mental health, so whenever I start feeling overwhelmed, I try to grab a nap. – educatedsavage.com

 

Kesha Bruce: I generally do an hour or more of warm-up work and drawings at the beginning of every work session.  The whole point of doing these is to get into a rhythm and mental place where the work comes easily.keshabruce.com

 

Abigail Markov: I paint. – abigail-marie.com

 

Tori Deaux: At my worst points, pouring all of that emotion onto paper works wonders, and turns a negative into a positive.  Other tactics I use include meditation and other visualization techniques, along with dance — movement, especially expressive movement to music, does wonders for me (although I can be resistant at times). – circusserene.com

I would love to hear your answer to the question “What techniques do you use that have helped you when facing mental or emotional stressors?” Post your answer in the comments below.

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3 Responses to Creatively Dealing With Stress: An Artist’s Relationship With Their Art – #7

  1. I take a walk into the woods, and relax sitting next to the redwoods. I let their “permanence” roll over my worries. Then, I’m not ashamed – a hot bubble bath and tea. Stress will go down the drain.

  2. Kimmy says:

    My savior from stress is putting my music on that suits that day crank it up and paint or sometimes just grab my pen and soak the paper with the ramblings that stains the sheet with ink

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