Wellness Challenge of the week: The art of relaxation…

Need an escape from all of the foolery we are bombarded with lately concerning current events and racial tension that is so thick you could cut it with a knife?  Check this out…In addition to my pure barre class that I try to make 3 times a week I have begun to revisit an old past time of mine.  Art.  Lately, I’ve been in the mood to separate myself from all of the craziness by using my outlets which include sketching and coloring as healthy ways of coping.  Exercise was and still is a favorite of mine but I like variety.  Variety is good.   Also,  like everything else what is meant  for one is not necessarily meant for the other.

Although very effective forms of relaxation, not everyone is into deep breathing, or meditation.  I engage in those too when necessary (to combat anxiety when I fly).   There are a number of other relaxation techniques that can give you that peace we all long for and need.   I wanted to focus on the one that I’ve been using lately as I’ve been tapping into my artsy side.  I am a creative so it’s what my heart moves me to do.  Several months ago I purchased an adult coloring book which my daughter and I color in together sometimes.  She loves it and admits that it calms her.  She loves to create and  is quite the artist.  She gets in her space and is so focused.  I love to watch her create because it puts her in a peaceful state.

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We can all benefit from doing something that takes our minds off of those worries or negative thoughts that distract us from time to time…  Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we ALL just took the time to explore those outlets that bring us peace?  Channeling negative energy  by doing something positive is a great way to relieve stress and has a tremendous affect on our mental health.

My art therapy takes me back to being a kid when sketching and drawing was something fun to do that I was good at which also became my “escape”.   It brings a sense of peace and accomplishment at the same time without feeling like it is a task.  I find that when I do I am relaxed and focused rather than tense.

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For the wellness challenge, challenge yourself to do something that relaxes and calms you.  You may choose to revisit an old past time that you enjoyed but stopped doing.  Maybe try something new like the adult coloring books or learning to play an instrument.  Maybe go roller skating.  Try to think outside of the box when thinking of something new.  You just might discover a hidden talent or skill that you are good at but were unaware of because you just didn’t try.  Engaging yourself in activities that make you happy can bring a sense of calm and also does wonders for your self esteem.

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Author: Angelica

Angelica is my name. I'm a licensed graduate social worker from the DMV who has love for everything mind, body, soul related. A devoted wife and mother whose interests include music, art, yoga, books, exercise, meditation, and cooking. Amanisoul is a synthesis of the name "Amani" which means harmony and peace in swahili and the word "soul" which means essence or spiritual self. Discovering one's inner peace involves being healthy mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. I make it my mission to spread the word on how to achieve balance in all of these areas.

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