Sunday, April 26, 2015

Lifetime Art Impressions, LLC painting exercise

Click on the below article link to obtain background information to this blog post:

I did this exercise in my Expressive Art Therapy course and I believe it has made a difference in my life. Even the pain from a migraine lessons its hold when I practice this process.

I realize it might be a bit hokey pokey for some but if there is a chance it can help, why not give it a try?

I’ve included my photo above when I first did the work; I used the exercise to depict my migraine and it did soothe it; the drawing is prior to the meditation/release.

While I was researching my topic, I came across the below detail about stress, I found it worthwhile to share.

“Stress Spot: Your Nervous System 
When you're stressed, hormones flood your body, helping you focus your attention, sharpening your vision, and preparing your muscles to take action.

The Fix: Tap the power.
For short periods, facing adversity can energize you to handle challenges. Recently, University at Buffalo researchers monitoring 2,398 people found that those who'd experienced some adversity scored higher on measures of mental health and life satisfaction than those who'd seen either high levels of adversity or none at all.
‘In moderation, whatever doesn't kill us may indeed make us stronger,’ says study author Mark Seery, Ph.D.

Stress Spot: Your Muscles 
Neck and back tension caused by mental stress, plus long days spent hunched over a computer keyboard, can trigger pain.

The Fix: Try the corner stretch.
Stand facing the corner of a room. Raise your elbows to shoulder height, and place your forearms, elbows, and palms against each wall. Lean in to flex your chest and back muscles. Hold for 15 seconds, breathing deeply. Do this every 2 hours or whenever you feel tight.

Stress Spot: Your Gut 
Increased stomach acid from stress can churn your gut and loosen your bowels. Stress can even alter the way your body processes fat, causing you to store more of it in your abdomen.

The Fix: Twist yourself into a pretzel and laugh, laugh, laugh.
"Laughter yoga" practitioners swear that combining yogic breathing and stretching techniques with forced laughter helps them cope better with life's stresses. Studies have already demonstrated the ability of yoga to ease stress and lower blood pressure. And laughing appears to do the same. For example: Two reports presented at the 2009 American College of Sports Medicine's annual meeting showed that people who watched comedies had more-pliable blood vessels and improved bloodflow for up to 24 hours after the chuckling commenced.

Stress Spot: Your DNA 
Not only can stress make you flatulent, but it can screw with your DNA too. A 24-7 bath of stress hormones can cause telomeres to shorten. Telomeres are genetic structures that protect the ends of chromosomes; if they shorten too much, cells can no longer multiply.

Fix: Meditate.
A recent Harvard study found that the physiological response from meditation, tai chi, and breathing exercises can counteract cellular damage from stress.

Just breathe: How to meditate.” [How to meditate is linked to information on meditation]

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