How creating art can reduce your stress levels

davanti counselling

inktuition artCrayons, felt tips, watercolours, acrylic, clay or chalk: whatever material or medium you use, the act of creating a piece of art can help to reduce your stress levels. And that’s whether you’re a gifted artist or not, according to a new study.

Researchers from Drexel University measured the stress hormone (cortisol levels) in 39 study participants aged 18 to 59 to gauge the impact of making art on their stress levels. Basically, the higher the cortisol, the higher the stress in an in individual.

Half of the participants had little experience in creating art, and the activities in the experiment included clay modelling, drawing with marker pens, and making collages. They were given free rein to create anything they wanted.

The results showed that 75% of participants experienced lower cortisol levels after 45 minutes of art – with younger people benefiting most. One participant said that through making art he…

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The best intervention 

Art of Social Work

Biggest fan awardI have been enjoying the pursuit of my RPT license for the past two years and have completed the supervision process and I am now nearing the training hour requirement as well. Play therapy has given me access to building rapport, attuning with, intervening, and facilitating healing in ways that have left me inspired and humbled by the innate resilience and capacity for change and growth within the children I work with. At my current agency, many coworkers are aware of my interest and passion for using play therapy and seek my advice. Sometimes people will ask me, “What is your favorite play therapy intervention to use with children?” My favorite intervention? At first I thought, well that depends on the diagnosis, or the situation, or the developmental level, etc. As I continued to ponder this question, I began to realize that what makes play therapy so…

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