Learn to relax. An invaluable technique to carry with you at all stages in life, “the growing up phase” in particular i.e.. When will I move out? What do I want to do as a career? Can I just sleep for a few more years? As you get older, the ways you relax might change or adapt from yoga, to painting or reading a book. Something that’s always worked for me is Art therapy. There’s varying definitions for Art Therapy, but for me it’s simply “the therapeutic use of Art Making” – using Art to relax.
For others, Art therapy might act as a type of psychotherapy using art as as a form of expression. Within this context, art is not used as diagnostic tool as such, but as a way of addressing emotional issues. You can read more at The British Association of Art Therapists.
Either way, you don’t have to be a great drawer or painter, although I draw a mean stick figure… Something that’s become increasingly popular in colouring books for adults. They’re a great way to help with stress as well as encourage mindfulness or gain a bit of clarity. One of my favourite ones is The Mindfulness Colouring Book – it’s pocket size too.
In the last few months, I’ve given pottery painting a go. Okay, so bear with me… At a local Art Studio, they do “Ladies Night”, where you can come along with a bottle of wine, they provide snacks and play music. You simply choose a piece of pottery, draw out your design and get painting. I guess it’s a bit of a childhood throwback, especially if you’re not quite a professional painter. But regardless, it’s a great way to relax, and something different to do during the colder months. I like to use it as an acceptable excuse to get through a big bag of Revels or M&Ms – creative energy and all that… They do plenty of nights similar to this elsewhere, so something to look into if you’re feeling creative/stressed/want to try something new.