May 2020 Newsletter – The Arts and Stress Reduction: Creating Realistic Expectations

It is very important to use the strategies suggested in this newsletter in the manner in which they are intended. In other words, in a stress-free manner!

For example, you are not expected to learn to play a new instrument during this crisis. You are not expected to create a painting that looks like a masterpiece.  You are not expected to produce a signature line of fine porcelain.

You are expected to explore activities and materials that make you feel comfortable and authentic.  Pick materials that are of interest to you. If you are not a writer, don’t write. That will only cause stress.

You are expected to experiment and play. If you are drawn to clay, but are not confident in your sculpting skills, that’s okay. Just squeeze the clay in your fist, pinch it between your fingers, and smash it with your palm. Find objects with interesting textures and press them into the clay to create interesting surface effects.

Be sure to create the same expectations for children. Give them freedom to experience the stress relieving benefits of sensory materials. Use more finger paint, doughs, and personal sand boxes (to cut down on the spread of germs).

Don’t put pressure on children to create something that looks like an adult model. Just introduce the materials and let the children express themselves freely.  Put the teacher directed art projects away and see what the children come up with as they explore.

Everyone deserves stress-free moments throughout the day – and exploring the arts can provide that!

For the main article The Arts and Stress Reduction, CLICK HERE

For the article What Happens When We Experience Stress?, CLICK HERE

For the article Which Activities are Included in the Arts?, CLICK HERE

For the article Benefits of Engaging in the Arts, CLICK HERE