Art Thearpy and Stress Relief – List Of Tools For Creative Activities

Art Thearpy And Stress ReliefToday I introduce my list of tools for creative activity. Do I hear you ask why? Art therapy and stress relief?

Art therapy is a good way to reduce stress. If you don’t believe me, you can read scientific studies about this topic.

It is amazing to know that only 45-minute art-making session reduces cortisol levels of participants.

In my opinion, it’s true indeed, and I can confirm it. Making art like drawing and painting helped me a lot to reduce stress and anxiety, feel more calm and relaxed. From my experience, this is one of the best ways to relieve stress and be in the present moment. It is also enjoyable.

Art Therapy and Stress Relief. Studies

Art Thearpy And Stress ReliefI published two articles a while ago about art therapy and stress relief. In one I explored 10 ways to de-stress by being creative, but the other one is about how to relieve stress by drawing.

One of the recent studies shows that art reduces stress. After 45-minute art-making session, people experience a reduction of cortisol levels. Cortisol is known as a stress hormone.

About 75 % of participants had lower stress levels after art making than before. But art-making didn’t work for everyone. The cortisol levels of 25 % of participants remained the same or elevated. It shows that not all stress relief tips or techniques work for everybody. 

Art Therapy And Stress ReliefWarson and Lorance state that art is life-enhancing. They researched cortisol and roles of nervous, immune and endocrine systems in stress and how creative activity (art) can help with stress reduction. An interesting fact is that coloring the mandala design not only help with stress and anxiety relief but also increase immunity. 

Another study made by D. Visnola and her collages explored if art therapy has any effect on the stress. It shows that the levels of stress indicator (cortisol) decreased significantly after art therapy.

Now you see that art therapy has an effect on stress, and it tremendously can help you. The question is why don’t use it for yourself. This is the reason why I decided to talk about art therapy for stress relief and to create this list of tools for creative activities. 

Tools For Creative Activities

Here are some tools from my choosing, and I hope you will like them too. They will help you with your creative endeavors and stress relief. You will see for yourself. Let’s begin! 

Tools For Drawing And Coloring

Tools For Painting

Acrylic Paints

These kind of paints are my favorite ones, and I use them for my paintings. When I paint, I get lost in colors and shapes, I get lost in myself and forget all about stress, worry, and anxiety. It is an amazing feeling, and I would like you to enjoy it too.


The best way to paint is on canvas, and I choose some examples for you.



Final Thoughts

Art Therapy And Stress ReliefCreative activities are a good way to deal with stress, and they give so much more.

Isn’t it amazing to feel and explore your creative powers? You all are gods in the making. 

How many beautiful things can you create? You are creators of your lives, your worlds.

You can create your life as amazing as you want and be free of stress and worry. We all can.

You desire peace and less stress. Right?

You can make it happen even if it takes time. Explore your creativity! Please, just do it for yourself and for us all!

I want to read your great comments, suggestions, and experiences!

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Enjoy your creativity!

Until next time, dear reader! 🙂

Linda Mo

Founder of How To Reduce Stress Naturally

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  1. Brilliant post! Now i have a reason to tell my husband I must do my scrapbooking as it helps me de-stress from my day of working and looking after the kids!! Great post….keep them coming 🙂

    • Linda Mo

      Hi, Danielle! Thanks! Yes, of course. 🙂 I believe that scrapbooking is a great creative activity that can help with your emotions, thoughts and let go of stress. It means a lot that you like, and it warms my heart.

  2. Jay

    I’ve always found art therapeutic. I create digital art, but I think creating via traditional methods would reduce Stress more naturally. Thank you for your insights on how I can do this. 🙂

    • Linda Mo

      I believe so. Painting for me is one of the best ways to connect with myself and reduce stress naturally. You should try to draw or paint, and I am sure it will be good for you.
      Thanks for a comment! 🙂

  3. I totally agree that creativity is such a good stress relief!! I have the adult coloring books and also at times do acrylic paintings…right now I have gone digital with my creativity and really enjoying that. I am thinking after reading your post that it might be time to use materials again though… time to break out that coloring book! Thanks for this wonderful post Linda 🙂

    • Linda Mo

      Hi, Andrea!
      It’s great that people relieve their stress by creative activities. Gone digital with creativity? How? What do you mean?
      I love to paint, and it always helps me to relax and relieve stress.
      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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