Art, Music Aids Stress Relief

Mackenzie Higgins, Staff Writer

As we are all experiencing stress, one of the best ways to cope can be with a form of art. A study from American Art Therapy shows that as little as 45 minutes of artistic activity notably reduces stress in the body. 

Sonia Baig ‘21, a photographer, believes that taking up a hobby outside of school can be extremely valuable. Baig explains, “What’s really important about art and finding those little hobbies … is just that they are very self-directed and intrinsically motivated. No one’s making you do it; you just do it because you want to.” For Baig specifically, she finds the process of editing her photos therapeutic. “Editing is really fun. It allows me to have a creative outlet and it’s relaxing. I just put music on and my subconscious kicks in and I’m not thinking about exactly what I’m doing.” 

Owen Bednar ‘24, a digital artist, encourages everyone to get involved with some creative endeavor. He is a strong believer that practicing art can help improve one’s mental health. Bednar describes, “The ability to think more creatively is super important in how we channel our inner emotions, ideas, and thoughts.” He continues, “Whether you’re good at [art] or not, you can just do it. It’s so important to engage that creative side of your brain.” Bednar believes that modern society doesn’t require us to think creatively as much as it should. “Not everyone realizes the importance of art.”

Students also find that music can help keep them attentive as well as ease stress. Molly Liston ‘22 likes to listen to lofi remixes of songs to help her focus. This is a common theme among students. Baig recommends Spotify’s Lofi Beats and Flow State playlists. When listening to these playlists, Baig notices, “Time just kind of flies and you’re in the zone and zero-ed in on what you are doing.”

Sonia Baig