This is completely unsurprising, but worth remembering: a new study has shown that making art reduces stress.
This has been a pretty stressful couple of weeks/months/year in my life, and while I know that whenever I get away from computers and lists and just do something with my hands I feel a million times better, I don't actually do it that often.
So how about we start a daily art-making club? Nothing too trying: doodle, mould some clay, slowly peck away at a collage, whatever. Five minutes. Five minutes of art-making, every day. How does that sound?
Rallying cry: WHO'S WITH ME???
Wait: plans need to be a little bit more firm than this (for me, anyways). A quick perusal through my craft drawers shows that I have a bunch of random acrylic paints. I have long wanted to try a thing of painting or drawing onto book pages, so that's what I'm going to do. I am setting aside a little box with paints, felts, a few books I don't mind cutting up, and brushes.
|This is my Self-Imposed Art Therapy Box!
Starting tomorrow I'm going to set a timer for five minutes in the morning or evening and make something. I probably won't get far in terms of the making, but heck, five minutes of self-imposed art therapy is better than zero minutes of self-imposed art therapy.
For how long? Who knows. At least a week. I'll post them on Instagram with the hashtag #selfimposedarttherapy, and do a blog update next week.