Using Spring as a Springboard with Expressive Arts
by Janelle Wilson ~

For many, winter can be challenging as we are forced to slow down and spend more quiet time in the dark. I certainly feel more isolated and tend to be noticeably absent from public engagements in the colder months. Each morning since the winter solstice, I look at the weather report and excitedly note that the time of sunset inches forward by one minute every few days. I am ready to use spring as an opportunity to rejoin community events and remember my creative spark and I hope you will join me in this pursuit. As the flowers blossom and the sun shines, it’s an ideal moment to take a step forward on life’s journey. This season of transformation urges us to focus on renewal and growth.

Recovering from isolation isn’t easy, but it is worth it – we only have one life to live and deserve to experience all that the world has to offer. Making the effort as an adult for arts or social activities can seem daunting, especially if you don’t think you have enough time in your day-to-day life. However, with a little bit of intentional action and dedication, it’s possible to find new ways to express yourself and meet interesting people. An Expressive Arts class can provide a great way to access social support and emotional release. This type of creative activity allows you to explore your inner world, express yourself without judgment, and see the beauty in everything. It’s a creative way to take control of your life and make meaningful changes.

Not only is this an excellent way to explore your creativity, but it’s also incredibly beneficial for your mental and emotional well-being. Studies have shown Expressive Arts can help reduce anxiety, depression, and stress while improving self-esteem and boosting positive emotions. You don’t have to be an experienced artist or even consider yourself “artistic” in any way; all that matters is that you find joy in the process of creating something. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even discover hidden talents along the way!

So what are you waiting for? Spring is a time of possibilities - it’s the perfect opportunity to get out there and try something new or remember an old pastime you have lost in the busyness of your schedule. I look forward to blooming into our creative potential together!

Janelle Wilson holds a Certificate in Social Emotional Arts from
UCLArts & Healing ~ For class and individual session information,
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