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22 cheap ways for nurses to de-stress

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7. Buy Cheap Paints or an Art Project at a Hobby Store

Looking at art definitely has its calming effects, but it’s not always just about the product. You don’t have to be Picasso to get the health benefits of producing beautiful works of art, either. People who make art as a hobby find that the process of self-expression through unwinding and creating art can be extremely soothing as well.

Artistic self-expression originates from Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, who theorized that the power of imagery could tap into the thoughts, memories and feelings of a person, whether conscious or unconscious. Art therapy is thus frequently used in hospitals, clinics and rehab facilities to promote physical, emotional and mental wellbeing via creative expression.

Making art helps lessen anxiety, stress and depression, and promote self-awareness, self-esteem and insight into your life. You can pick up reasonably priced art supplies or art kits at any hobby store. Just set aside an art space, turn on some relaxing music and paint to your health.

Cost: $7-25
More Info: Google “art store” or “hobby store” and your town and state
• For art techniques or ideas, visit ArtBistro’s Training Center
• For more info on art therapy, read Mending the Heart—Calming the Mind With Art Therapy

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