“Every day is another chance to get stronger, to eat better, to live healthier, and to be the best version of you.”
We are doing great till we hit a wall and suddenly we realize that life has lost its zest. It is no longer appealing. The things we love the most have no meaning, relationships fall apart and shopping no longer satisfies the inner cravings. For some it come in the 30s, for others in the 40s. The illusion of money, career and happiness dissolves in a cloud of smoke. The competitive edge brings STRESS into our lives!
According to reports 50% employees in India are under stress : 30% have problems such as addictions and marital discord. 20% suffer from depression. 77% people under stress say anxiety or disorders such as insomnia or depression hamper their romantic relationships.
Personal problems like Health, Aging, diagnosis of a new disease, and symptoms or complications from a current illness can increase your stress. Relationships, Arguments with your spouse, parent, or child can increase your stress levels, Personal beliefs, Emotional problems, Life changes and Money; are all linked to stress.
The Most Common Physical Symptoms of Long-Term Stress are Gastrointestinal upset, such as irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, nausea, and pain, Headaches and jaw pain, Heart disease, High blood pressure, Muscle pain and tension, Skin rashes and Weight gain.
What goes wrong? Cortisol is a major stress hormone that contributes to mental health disorders and a wide range of physical illnesses. Your doctor might offer to prescribe: sleeping pills or minor tranquilizers if you’re having trouble sleeping. Antidepressants if you’re experiencing depression or anxiety.
Most of the prescribed medication is addictive. If you abruptly stop taking your medication, you may experience severe withdrawal symptoms such as: Increased anxiety, restlessness, shaking. Insomnia, confusion, stomach pain. Depression, confusion, panic attacks. Pounding heart, sweating, and in severe cases, seizure.
The path to a more stress-free life might be easier to find than you think.
Over the years a wealth of research has piled up showing that exposure to art (in almost any form) is good mind medicine. A new study not only confirms the assumption, it offers compelling evidence that adults seeking stress relief, no matter how artistically gifted or experienced, should stop making excuses and start making art.
The study tested 40 adults, ages 18 to 59 to make art of any sort. Their saliva was tested before and after to measure blood cortisol levels. Cortisol, often called the “stress hormone,” correlates closely with stress levels and effects. It’s one of the principal hormones that skyrocket during fight-or-flight responses to stressful events. The participants were also asked to complete questionnaires about their pre- and post-art-making mindsets. The group spent 45 minutes doing free-form art without instructions. They were simply handed clay, paper, markers, glue and scissors and told to go as their muses led them.
The results: Nearly 75% of the participants had lower cortisol levels after making art than before. The researchers looked for correlations between the results and age, race and prior artistic experience and found none worth noting.
Why Clay Modeling and Sculpting are great ways to reduce stress?
- Clay allows you to express freely.
- It encourages creative expression – which leads to a positive mind.
- Clay modeling involves close coordination between body and mind.
- It is an independent activity – The silence works as a therapy.
- The 3d form – as it develops encourages further involvement and focus.
- Making sculptures is meditative and reduces stress within few minutes.
Art Therapy Sessions are expert guided sessions designed to help people suffering from Mild to moderate levels of stress. These are good for Kids, Ladies, men and elderly. No prior experience in clay modeling or sculpting is required to get started. It is a healthy alternative to medication and expensive therapies.
You can Book a One on One Session with Sheela Chamaria and de-stress your life – For details please call +91 9891043358