Art. The cheapest, and most effective therapy. Forget the pain, soak in some artistic gain.
For those who struggle with chronic pain,a break from it can do wonders for the mind, heart, and body. When you are a chronic pain sufferer your body can feel tired, with little energy. The great thing about art is that it can be done on an app, your tablet, a sketchbook on your lap, or at a table with an easel. From drawing to painting, and arts and crafts, there is something for everyone, at every level.
I was born with patella syndrome which caused severe arthritic pain from the time I was 7 years old. Many times I was unable to participate in sports and extra curricular activities at school because I was very tired, and did not have emotional energy to socialize. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I spent a large amount of time being creative on my own, creating my own awesome world on paper. As a teen I took art classes, and this gave me the ability to get lost in my artwork, but also socialize without the pressure of expelling energy to keep up with everyone in the room.
Time flew bye when I painted, and the pain I had would disappear for a while. After working with at-risk youth and disabled children for several years, who were unable to verbally express themselves, art became a solice where they could clearly demonstrate their memories, dreams, and passions.
Whether you are a chronic pain sufferer, or a person with a disability, arts and crafts activities can offer you a whole new world to discover at your own pace within your budget. I encourage you to sign up for a class, and see where it leads you, and make some new friend along the way.
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Stephanie A.E Strugar
Certified Grumbacher Painting & Drawing Instructor.
She is a retired Certified Face/ Body & Temporary Tattoo Artist.
Caricaturist. She is currently an active
Public Speaker, Consultant, and Arts Educator in the Manitoba and greater Canada area.