How to Reduce Stress Like Van Gogh

How to Achieve Work/Life Balance

At work, where you use it to take notes, sign contracts, and plan projects, paper typically causes stress. If you're looking for more work/life balance, however, you should know that paper also can relieve stress, according to Lifehacker's Patrick Allan.

"Creating art has always been considered therapeutic, yet many people avoid the activity because they lack artistic skills," Allan reports. "According to a recent study, however, your artistic ability doesn't matter when it comes to reaping the benefits. Art can help you de-stress even if you've never touched a paint brush."

The study, published in "Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association," examined participants who were given markers, paper, modeling clay, and collage materials, then asked to create any art of their choice for 45 minutes. The results: Seventy-five percent of the participants' cortisol levels lowered significantly.

"Most of the people that made art, felt a lot less stressed, regardless of their past experience or skill level," Allan concludes. "So if you're having a stressful week, sit down and make something. It doesn't matter if it's good, and nobody has to ever see it."

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