Art is Therapeutic: How Paint-by-Numbers Washes Away My Worries
“Art is soothing,” they say. But for me, it’s not just a mantra, it’s a lifeline. In the swirling sea of daily anxieties, paint-by-numbers and paint-by-diamonds are my personal anchors, pulling me into a serene harbor of focus and joy.
Each numbered square, each tiny, shimmering diamond ignites a spark of mindfulness. The world fades away as I meticulously fill in the spaces, the rhythmic brushstrokes or gentle tweezing becoming a soothing hum. Worries, like unruly brushstrokes, are smoothed over, blended into the vibrant canvas taking shape before me.
It’s a meditative state, akin to mindful coloring, where time melts away. Hours can slip by unnoticed, each completed section a tiny victory, a testament to my focused perseverance. It’s a quiet triumph over the inner critic, proof that I can create something beautiful, one tiny pixel at a time.
And then, there’s the magic of completion. Peeling back the protective film from a finished diamond painting, or stepping back from a canvas ablaze with color, is a rush of pure, unadulterated joy. It’s like holding a piece of my focused serenity in my hands, a tangible reminder of the calm I cultivated amidst the storm.
The science backs it up too. Studies show that art therapy reduces stress and anxiety, lowers cortisol levels, and even boosts the immune system. Engaging in repetitive, creative tasks like paint-by-numbers activates the parasympathetic nervous system, our “rest and digest” mode, promoting relaxation and inner peace. This artistic journey isn’t merely a personal anecdote; it’s supported by a wealth of research on the therapeutic benefits of art. Studies have shown that engaging in artistic activities can alleviate stress, reduce anxiety, and enhance overall well-being [Source: American Art Therapy Association]. The rhythmic and repetitive nature of these art forms induces a state of flow, where the mind becomes fully absorbed, leading to a sense of calm and contentment [Source: Psychology Today].
So, yes, art is soothing. But for me, it’s so much more. It’s a refuge, a reset button, a portal to a world where worries dissolve and joy takes root. It’s in the quiet hum of focus, the meticulous dance of brush or tweezers, and the radiant glow of a finished masterpiece that I find my solace, my strength, and my unending love for the tiny, sparkling world of paint-by-diamonds and paint-by-numbers.
Websites such as PaintPlot, Diamond Art Club, and Arteza provide a wide array of options to suit various tastes and preferences.
I recommend exploring videos on platforms like YouTube. Channels such as The Art Assignment and Art with Flo offer insightful discussions on the emotional and psychological benefits of engaging in artistic pursuits.
For a deeper dive:
- The Soothing Effects of Creating Art: https://www.artsacad.net/tag/soothing-effects-of-creating-art/
- How Art Therapy Can Relieve Stress: https://scholistico.com/6-scientific-reasons-why-you-should-use-art-therapy-to-relieve-stress/
- Mindful Coloring for Adults: https://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-Coloring-Book-Anti-Stress-Therapy/dp/1615192824
And to get lost in the joy of creation:
- YouTube channel “Painting by Diamonds with Crystal Art Kits”: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=V03ifnfhbLk
- Time-lapse video of a paint-by-numbers masterpiece: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YzcIPCey5W8
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