UPLB promotes art as de-stressing activities

LOS BAÑOS, Laguna, Oct 18 (PIA) – Experts at the University of the Philippines - Los Baños (UPLB) are promoting art as a way to relax and de-stress during this pandemic.

In an online lecture hosted by UPLB’s Learning Resource Center, Visayas State University (VSU) Department of Development Communication faculty member June Nonie Sales has suggested art as a form of therapy in managing behaviors, reducing stress and anxiety, and increasing self-esteem.

More than 800 participants registered for the webinar. During the onset of the pandemic in March, students and workers have been airing their concerns on the added stress brought about by the distance learning and work from home setups.

According to Sales, art related activities help individuals express their feelings and subconscious thoughts. In fact, this method has provided him a source of inspiration and stress relief when he was pursuing his PhD Development Communication degree.

It is a form of meditating that uses the coordination of one’s senses that can bring them to a meditative state.

He also encourages his students to find creative hobbies as a healthy way to de-stress.

The American Journal of Public Health noted that artistic engagement has significant health benefits, as it decreases anxiety, stress, and mood disturbance.

Another study published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association found that regardless of the person’s talent, 45 minutes of creative activity significantly reduces stress in the body. (PB)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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