How Creativity Can Help Reduce Stress
Sep 23, 2011 - 9:25:42 AM
(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Raleigh, North Carolina – (September 23, 2011) – Stress is something that millions of people are plagued with, throughout the year. It may be brought on by work or our daily life duties, but the fact is that many of us feel the strain that leads to emotional issues, muscle tension, stomach and digestive problems, and more. One of the most satisfying ways to combat stress is to engage regularly in a creative activity that brings enjoyment. For many, that outlet is creativity, whether it involves writing, photography, or drawing.
“Having a creative outlet can be both fun and therapeutic,” says Sarah Gilbert, the director at Lulu (www.lulu.com). “Today people can also share their creative work with the world.”
According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy, which can be used at every age, helps people relax, share, and helps people cope improve mood, and with such issues as grief. They also report that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self-awareness, and achieve insight.
Many people have art therapy-related hobbies that include crafts, drawing, painting, writing or journaling, all of which can provide them with the means to reduce stress and bring about feelings of happiness. Being creative can also stimulate the brain, keeping people learning new things and engaging in life, which helps to ward off things like Alzheimer’s disease.
“The great thing is that, after people have put their feelings on paper, we help them share it with the world,” added Gilbert. “Being able to share one’s feelings with others, or to help educate others about something, can be extremely gratifying and healing.”
Lulu helps those who use their creative talents to be able to turn their work into something for the masses. Whether it is a novel, a nonfiction book, or a children’s book with illustrations, Lulu is a free way for authors and illustrators to publish their work. Whether it is an adult book covering an issue in-depth or a children’s book that helps to explain a tough subject, their self publishing system allows everyone to get their creativework into the mass marketplace.
The self publishing format that Lulu offers to authors of all kinds gives them the ability to publish everything from print and eBooks to calendars, cookbooks, photo books and mini books. The service is provided free, and authors retain all rights, as well as 80 percent of all profits from sales. To learn more about using Lulu’s publishing tools, log onto www.lulu.com.
Lulu.com, founded in 2002, is a company that specializes in self publishing. The company has 1.1 million creators and has 20,000 titles added to their collection each month. They offer their free service to authors in exchange for a small percentage of profits from each sale. Lulu provides anyone with the ability to publish books, eBooks, mini-books, photo books, calendars, cookbooks, and travel books. Tolearn more, visit the website at www.lulu.com.
American Art Therapy Association. About us. < http://www.arttherapy.org/aata-aboutus.html>
American Art Therapy Association. Art Therapy: Enhancing the lives of older adults.
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