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5 Ways to Introduce More Art Into Your Life

by Kristen Andersen | Jan 29 |#awakenyourcreativity 

Art has proven stress- relieving properties. There are many published studies on the correlation between colors and moods. There are so many benefits to exercising your creative muscle, below are some suggestions on how you can awaken your inner-artist!

1.Hang some on your walls

This may seem like the most obvious one, but of course I have to mention it! Create a space for yourself that you find pleasant to look at. Hang up posters with stimulating colors. Find some throw blankets in your favorite color and use them to add another layer of color and coziness to the space. Don’t be afraid to change things up. Maybe rearrange things once every few months to keep the energy flowing and fresh. After all, the brain craves novelty. 

2. Print out your photos

In the age of the smartphone, many of us have seemingly transformed into amateur photographers. Sometimes we will share those photos on social media, but most of the time the pictures just sit in the cloud, never to be looked at again. I encourage you to spend some time and a few bucks printing them out! You can frame them and hang them on your wall, turn them into a beautiful mixed media art piece, or even make a scrapbook! I always think of photography as a way to immortalize time. Hold on to your pictures, you never know where they may end up 100 years from now…

 

3. Cook a beautiful meal

Food is a way to nourish your body. In today’s era of convenience, all too often we eat food for pleasure rather than fuel. A rule of thumb I keep in mind when it comes to eating a balanced diet is; your plate should feature an array of colors (Natural colors! Not food dye/artificial flavoring). I like to challenge myself to make color coordinated food dishes. Red tomato sauces, orange turmeric spiced, yummy yellow polenta, leafy greens, blueberry smoothies, and pretty purple cabbage slaws… the possibilities are endless! It is especially fun when you visit your local market and try to cook with the seasonal produce. Cooking is more than a chore, it is a form of art. 

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4. Express yourself through fashion

Fashion can seem like an intimidating niche. Too often we let our own insecurities get in the way of wearing the clothes we admire. And sometimes, it’s our budget that gets in the way. Well, like anything in this world, if you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. It’s the beginning of a new year, now is the perfect time to start revamping your wardrobe. There are so many great resources online on ways to upcycle old clothes. Thrift stores and secondhand shops are wonderful places to find great quality clothes for a fraction of the price. Draping your body in colors that are pleasing to you, textures that feel stimulating to your skin will certainly boost your mood and your confidence.  

5. Discover your creative hobby

Everyone who isn’t an artist claims they have no creative bone in their body. That is just not true! You just haven’t found your creative outlet yet. Not everyone is a painter, but everyone is an artist. Perhaps your art is in the form of woodworking, model making, Lego building, sewing, etc! The best thing you can do is try it all and see what sticks. If you find that you are at a point in your life where you are very unstimulated, bored with your regular routine, social media no longer gives you that sweet, sweet dopamine release, then you probably should be doing some self discovery. Explore yourself, figure out what you are interested in. Embark on a creative endeavor. It can be anything from building a fort for your cat out of cardboard to filming and editing TikTok videos. At the end of it, you will have something tangible to show for your time spent. 

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