Painting Can Reduce Stress

Painting and Benefits of It

If you want to try something new, then why don’t you try to create something using your imagination?

Besides, this activity can reduce stress level to zero. Another point is color, because only it has a powerful effect on your emotions even if you are not being aware of it.

Color and its Influence

But before you begin, please take into consideration what colors you will use during the process, because every color has its influence on our overall state.

Psychologists found out that a balanced color combinations, creates a creative atmosphere, soothes and reduce stress. Color has a significant effect on psycho-intellectual state of a person. They refer to the senses. According to studies in this domain, 80% of color and light is "absorbed" by the nervous system and only 20% by the vision.


Red color from all the colors of the spectrum has the strongest physiological reaction - that is, for heart palpitations. The red color will not let you pass by, it will immediately attract your attention. Red causes strong emotions. The nature of these emotions strongly depends on the situation, but no matter what the association contacted you with the red one is not in doubt: these emotions are very strong. This color can directly affects you and does not leave indifferent.

Use red paint to your painting if you are feeling depressed in order to boost your energy! However, the abuse of this color is not worth it: it can bring aggressiveness and irritation.

Purple can have a calming and restorative effect.

Orange color is very bright, it always attracts attention: think of road workers in bright orange vests. The main associations with orange is spicy. This word defines our attitude to orange. Orange awakens in us thoughts of joy, fun and bright sun. This color is usually associated with freshness and health in the minds of people.

Very attractive properties has yellow: it stimulates the brain, attracts attention and is stored in the memory better than other colors.

Yellow is better to be combined with green, not black, as is often done by many: black and yellow color combination evokes a feeling of anxiety, emergency and danger, but is also associated with bees. Not the most pleasant associations, it should be noted.


Pink is associated with red, in fact it is one of its tones - a mixture of red and white colors. But the perception of a pink is gentle, soft, charming and feminine. Pink, like the red color can be warm and exciting and be perceived as romantic and sensual. Pink is also often the case, is linked in the minds of people as frivolous and cheerful. It has a calming and sedative effect.

Green, in contrast to red, lowers blood pressure. It helps to reduce stress and ease headaches. It is the color of nature and naturalness, symbolizing health and freshness. However, should be remembered that itself green color evokes a sluggish feeling, so should be used in combination with white, or blue, or a contrasting red.


Element of blue in contrast to the red will never cause a potential irritation or aggression. This color has good qualities - it is significantly lower blood pressure and heart rate, calms and relaxes, sometimes even excessively. Not by chance the word "blue" in English dictionary has not only the meaning of the color "blue", but also "sad".

As you probably know, it is used in advertising washing powders, air conditioners, and in general, where it creates a subconscious feeling of purity and freshness.

Use this color to paint an azure sea surrounded by deep blue sky.

Black symbolizes elegance. But itcan absorbs all other colors,so its better to use it with care. Just take into consideration: too much black can be depressing.

White, usually associated with cleanliness, purity, newness, virginity, innocence and tranquility, as well as high quality. You can use this color if your senses are overloaded and you need to calm down emotionally. It also help to keep the painting looking fresh.

Gray and burgundy color - it is almost always a sign of solidity, conservatism and moderation. It can give depressing vibes.

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The Process of Painting

So, now knowing the influence of color on your overall state, you can begin to paint.

Here are the simplest tips how to draw a painting for beginners.

What you will need:
• Paper
• Paints
• Imagination


1 step
Take a blank sheet of paper!

2 step

Before starting to paint, chose the paint: oils, acrylics, watercolors, or pastel. And begin to paint everything that come to yor mind:Trees, flowers, clouds, boats ... .. etc.

3 step
Now the most important thing and probably everybody will agree with me, it’s the frame. But it’s very important to be big and beautiful!

4 step
Place the painting everywhere you wish in your house or give the new painting as a present to a friend or a relative! After all a gift is a gift and it’s made by your own hands. I assure you it will be very highly appreciated.


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IslandVoice 6 years ago from Hawaii

As a photo digital artist, i know this to be true for me. I now find myself busy with a new project that's making me busier than expected and i'm yearning to go back to painting. Thanks for confirming this idea. Good hub!


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nikipa 6 years ago from Eastern Europe Author

IslandVoice,Thank you for the kind words!


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JannyC 6 years ago

This is very true but not just painting drawing or coloring too can help with stress. I dont have paints but we have crayons and I would color with my son and find myself enjoying and calming down from my stress it was very theraputic for me.


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nikipa 6 years ago from Eastern Europe Author

JannyC, Thank you for your comments.

I agree with you, and I would love to add that in my opinion any creative work can reduse stress.


sord87 6 years ago

It looks strange painting can reduce stress but it is true ,every time i change my home color,i feel so relieve and fresh mind,Like a newborn person,a great article!


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nikipa 6 years ago from Eastern Europe Author

Sord, thank you for stopping by and sharing your opinion about that!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

I love your in depth analysis of chromotherapy. You've given some great real world examples for everyday people to use effectively, nicely done. Lots of great info here for advanced painters and beginners.


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nikipa 6 years ago from Eastern Europe Author

Thank you Ben! Your opinion here really matters, knowing your passion for painting!


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

I totally agree that painting reduces stress. I love painting and have enjoyed oil painting, watercolor, and acrylics. Thanks for a great hub. I saw you over on redgage and came over here. Aloha!


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nikipa 6 years ago from Eastern Europe Author

Elayne, thank you for joining me here and there and special thanks for your kind words! Aloha!


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vox vocis 6 years ago

A very nice hub! I definitely agree that painting reduces stress!


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nikipa 6 years ago from Eastern Europe Author

Vox Vocis, Thanks for your nice comment. Lets pait from time to time, that really will help us to live a happier life!


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

There was a time in my life that I spent a fair amount of my quiet time in front of a canvas with my palette full of brilliant colors. Art, drawing and painting was my passion. I then took up music and guitar playing and that became more of a passion, however I think I will take up the palette again and color up my life:0) Beautiful and colorful hub, I rate this UP


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nikipa 6 years ago from Eastern Europe Author

Very touching words with deep meaning...

Saddlerider, love the way you think!

Thank You for your appreciation!


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katrinasui 5 years ago

A very good hub on such a good topic. I totally agree with you.


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Janeal Mulaney 4 years ago

Great hub, and so true. I'm a painter and found it always reduces my stress. I'm also going to check out your colors more closely never thought about what the colors I paint with mean to me, in that way. Thanks very useful


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

Thank you for the tips. This is a useful hub for reducing stress in a different way, I think I should try it.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

From personal experience, I know that painting can reduce stress. Your analysis of how the colors we use in painting can affect our moods was so useful and interesting. Although I always knew that I selected colors depending on how I "felt" at the time, I never really thought about how the colors might help my moods. Nice hub, voted up and tweeted!


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nikipa 4 years ago from Eastern Europe Author

Katrinasui, thank you for your nice comment!

Thank you very much, Janeal! I would love to know more about experience using different colours!

Agusfanani, thank you lots! I think this method is really worth trying. It is such a pleasant way to reduce stress, besides it brings out creativity and the result is really beautiful.

Thank you so much, Stephanie! I really hope more people will find it useful, that is really so important in our full of stress world...

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