The role of art in stress and anxiety.

I worry about my children’s ability to cope with anxiety and stress this school year. The added screen time and minimal human interaction. I feel stressed that it’s up to me as a parent to fill those gaps —all while I’m trying to manage my own stresses and hardships of this new situation we are faced with.

I do know this; creating art gives children a space to communicate feelings without words, and maybe even things they can’t articulate.

This is from, and is a basic break down for how art helps reduce stress.

Ways Art Reduces Stress and Anxiety

  • Distraction. An important tactic in managing anxiety is to distract ourselves from what is tormenting our minds. Art is a great way to focus on something more positive, productive, and inspiring.

  • Flow. Artists can become so absorbed in their work that they achieve a state of flow, the sense of being completely engaged in an activity to the point of being in a near meditative state. When we are in a state of flow, we forgot about all of our thoughts and lose track of time.

  • Mindfulness. When we are focused on an art project, we become completely absorbed into the present moment. This helps to quiet the mind as we become more concerned with doing the task at hand as completely and mindfully as we can and less concerned with judging and relating to things beyond the immediate context.

  • Self care. Having a hobby that we enjoy helps us feel more balanced and allows for mental and emotional downtime.

I'll add to this by saying I feel that open-ended exploration is needed to help one discover themselves and their place in the world. To look at things from different prospectives. It’s so important. Whether your child is doing online learning, hybrid, or 5 days—the school year is going to look different.

Wonderment is here to help, from art kits to sharing our favorite supplies—we want to help ease the stress for parents and children. Let us know your struggles and how we can help.

Nicole & Raygan

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