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  • Writer's pictureClare Jackman

How Holistic Creative Therapy can reduce stress and anxiety

Do you ever feel stressed or anxious? I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t.

A stressed girl with her hands gripping her head
stressed girl with head in hands

There are so many stressors and pressures on everyone today in this fast-paced, chaotic world, and so many people are spinning so many plates and terrified of dropping them.

Stress is a natural response to things that occur in our lives, such as work, grief, loss, finances, family, menopause etc. and it’s probably more common than you think. According to leading mental and public health organisations, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope, 51% of adults who felt stressed reported feeling depressed, and 61% reported feeling anxious.

When we are living in constant stress, our bodies and minds are on high alert, to protect us from perceived threats. This takes its toll on us, often causing ill health, unhappiness and many people are living a life they don’t enjoy.

We may not be able to control all the stressful things that life throws at us, but we can choose how we manage stress and anxiety, and what we can put in place to help us.

Holistic creative therapy can reduce stress and anxiety through a range of stress relieving complimentary therapies, which provides an alternative approach to traditional therapy, art therapy and counselling. Holistic creative therapies are less formal and non-clinical, focussing on improving overall physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing, through a wide range of integrated modalities.

At Creating Calm Therapies I offer a combination of artistic expression, meditation, gentle movement, breath, and sound, which are tailored to the unique needs of each individual, to calm the central nervous system and sooth the mind, body, soul and emotions.

someone drawing a pictire of a girl in a sketchbook with pencils
someone drawing a picture

Did you know that engaging in holistic creative art therapies, triggers the release of dopamine, the “feel-good” neurotransmitter? This chemical change can lead to reduced stress levels and a sense of relaxation. Therapeutic art has been shown to decrease cortisol, the stress hormone, resulting in improved overall well-being.

Engaging in creative expression provides an opportunity to tap into our subconscious mind and connect with our intuition. Feelings and emotions can be explored and expressed in a safe, non-judgmental way. Activities such as painting, drawing, sculpting and movement, can unlock hidden emotions, where you can express thoughts and feelings which may be difficult to speak about .

These creative therapies are not about producing artistic masterpieces but focusing on the therapeutic process itself and the insights gained along the way. The benefits of creative therapies extend beyond the session, as you can gain a deeper understanding of yourself, build resilience, enhance self-esteem, and develop healthier ways of coping with life’s challenges. Engaging in art can also provide a distraction from physical pain, as the relaxation and focus required during creative sessions can promote the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers produced by the brain.

Music, movement, breath and sound can help to release stored emotions, reduce anxiety, and promote a sense of connection and wellbeing. Our bodies carry stories that we might struggle to express with words. By incorporating meditation, breathwork, movement and sound, we can release tension, improve body awareness, provide emotional release and embrace our authentic self. We can express feelings of grief or loss, allowing emotions to flow, in a cathartic release, giving relief.

I would love to welcome you to Creating Calm Therapies studio in Stirling, where I can provide all these benefits and more. It's a lovely private and peaceful room, which is cosy and welcoming. I use aromatherapy oils, and relaxing music to create a calming atmosphere. A wide range of art materials are available, as well as yoga mats and cosy blankets and cushions for meditation.

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