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Get the Most Out of Your Weekend

Who doesn’t love sleeping late on their day off? It is an amazing feeling to go to bed without setting an alarm; to be free to rise at the exact moment you want to and not a second earlier.  You earned these days off, but if you really want to make the most of it, you should try to start getting up earlier.  

           Silence.  Immutable, meditative, life-giving silence.  Wake up with the sun, make yourself some coffee, and sit by a window and read (or, if your climate and living situation accommodate, sit outside on a patio).  Even though it is your day off, adulthood finds a way to bring stress to your doorstep. In the morning, though, you can enjoy a little bit of disturbance-free time before the hassles start rolling in. Once you’ve had your relaxation time, the morning can be a great time for productivity.  If you want to work out, do it in the morning, so it is less likely to be shoved aside or canceled because of things that have happened during your day.  Set goals for the day, even if they are as simple as a to-do list.  If you take this quiet time to organize your day, your errands will feel much more manageable.  

           Once you have planned out your day, now it is time for a relaxing breakfast. Everyone remembers the old adage that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but everyone seems to forget it when real life sets in and they have a schedule to keep.  You don’t have to make yourself an elaborate breakfast, but you should once again find a quiet place to eat.  You can read the paper, or watch some TV, but make sure that it is nothing that will cause you stress (no news, financial advice channels, etc.).  Once you try this a few times and see how relaxed and serene you feel, you will be hooked.  

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Joenay.com Announces Their New Line of Positive T-shirts Inspired by their Inspirations and Affirmations Coloring Book

Inspiration and optimism are highly sought after in today’s stressed out lives for everyone, regardless of what source they come from. The ideology has found an impressive expression – in the form of a new T-shirt line. The announced T-shirt line, soon to be displayed over the renowned website Joenay.com, carries messages and slogans that remind individuals of their inherent greatness, and sparks optimism.

Joenay.com is a website dedicated to creativity and already has developed space for people who want to break life’s monotony and find stimulation, positivity and joy. The website does that through its unique line of coloring. The T-shirt line was inspired by the best-selling adult coloring book entitled, Inspirations and Affirmations. Some of the messages and images from this coloring book comes to life on various exquisite colorful T-shirts.

"Everyone feels empowered when they are aware of their uniqueness, says Garrett"

“We believe that a synergistic environment is most fertile to produce smiles and trigger optimism. Our T-shirt line generates such an environment! Displaying a mix of inspiring and spiritual quotes, the T-shirts additionally remind men and women of their intrinsic qualities, greatness and restore belief that they are special. Everyone feels empowered when they are aware of their uniqueness, their eminence. This in turn helps them deliver better outcomes at work and extract optimal happiness in their day-to-day life,” says founder and CEO, Tracee Clayton Garrett.

The life enriching slogans on these T-shirts get more empowering and are rightly complemented through their global designers work in eye-catchy font choices, impressive designs and pulsating colors. Energy and enthusiasm are naturally reciprocated when groups of people together wear the positive quotes T-shirts.

Joenay.com produced Be Happy Coloring Books and are well received from the masses. Many of the T-shirts are likely to carry inspirations and affirmations from the already famed coloring book range at Joenay.com.

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Joenay.com Launches a New Coloring Book, "I Love the 70s”


Joenay.com, the website already famed for its exciting range of coloring books for adults, has announced the name of its latest 1970s inspired coloring book. Tagged as "I Love the 70s”, the latest version is soon to join variety of other adult coloring books in Joenay.com list.

The book calls back the most riveting events and highlights the special moments of the seventies decade and comprises memory inciting characteristics, something coloring enthusiasts are going to love. Joenay.com founder and CEO, Tracee Clayton Garrett, speaks about the prospective coloring book. She says, “We realized that act of coloring is not just an art or activity; but an experience that takes the mind to various wonderful places. Our new coloring book entitled, 'I Love the 70s,' interests all those who want to relive the 1970s era. I think this one is quite different from the rest of the coloring books we have offered at Joenay.com.”

This exciting new coloring book takes coloring enthusiasts down memory lane or wish that they could experience the explosive and exciting decade. This coloring book has it all – fashion, such as the infamous bell-bottom pants and platform shoes. It showcases the lazy, crazy days of summer at the drive-ins to roller skating and disco dancing. We also touch upon great films and our favorite television shows from that era. This book is sure to put smiles on people’s face as they recollect their favorite 70’s memories.

It is worth a mention here that Joenay.com has an enormously large range of adult coloring books, such as, Egyptian, Inspirations & Affirmations, and let’s not forget their bestsellers, like Faces of the World and Stained Glass. Creativity and relaxation being the prime objective of these coloring books. Thousands of grownups regularly visit the website and they can’t wait to share their new masterpiece in Joenay’s art gallery.

For more information about the new coloring book “I Love the 70s” please go to Joenay.com, Etsy or Amazon.

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Art Therapy Benefits for Anxiety & Stress at Work

Art Therapy Benefits for Anxiety & Stress at Work

Our nation seems like it’s always in the grips of a stress epidemic. Stress and anxiety are disorders that affect more people than ever before, with research suggesting that work related stress costs the American economy $300 billion each year as a result of related health care costs and missed days at work. According to 76% of those individuals suffering from stress, money and work are the leading causes of the condition. Workplace stress can have a myriad of adverse effects. It can lead to physical and psychological systems (with one in ten strokes being attributed to stress) and, at its worse, workplace stress can even result in alcohol or substance abuse in a bid to drown out the tension of the experience.

However art therapy can be massively beneficial in helping to deal with workplace stress and process the emotions involved. Intensively focusing on any activity (be that creating art, concentrating on a hobby, or even reading a book) can help to temporarily relieve stress by distracting and refocusing the mind at least for a while. However, dealing with stress more permanently requires more creative solutions. Here’s how art therapy can help you to effectively deal with the work stress in your life:

You Don’t Have To Verbalise How You Are Feeling

Some aspects of leading a stressful life can be difficult to talk about and process. However art therapy doesn’t always require its practitioners to verbalise the stress that they are experiencing, instead enabling them to express what they feel and release their anger and unhappiness without any need to express their emotions through words.

You don’t even have to be an artist to enjoy these benefits of art therapy; in fact, the artistic results of your endeavours are secondary to the emotional benefits that you can reap. Your insights into the cause of your stress and anxiety will increase, and you will have increased self-awareness about what is leading to your stress and, ultimately, how you can avoid these anxiety triggers.

You Can Practice Anti-Stress Art Therapy Anywhere

Art therapy encourages creativity and self-expression; sensations that are generally suppressed and not experiences in the conventional workplace. It can, however, be used to counter those negative emotions that are experienced within the workplace: Art therapy is a portable form of therapy, and one that can be practiced alone without the support of a therapist when necessary (though it’s always recommended to enlist the help of a professional art therapist whenever possible).

This means that when you are working within a corporate environment you can de-stress during your lunch break by painting or coloring: rather than spend your downtime stressing out about any negative comments made by your clients or co-workers, you can release any of those negative emotions through your artwork and express what you are feeling, in turn potentially helping you to overcome stress, anxiety, and depression.

Learning The Techniques Involved

To be truly effective, art therapy is best practiced with the guidance and support of an art therapist practitioner, there are a host of art therapy techniques that you can try that will help you to de-stress in a relatively short time frame.

One technique to try is to write a postcard (that you never intend to send) to someone within your workplace who has caused you significant stress: the process of writing the text will be therapeutic in itself, but designing and creating the visual aspects of the postcard will also cause you to relax and deflate any anger you are experiencing. Once you have thrown the postcard in the trash bin, you will find that your stress levels decrease and the individual or individuals causing you stress lose their power.

Alternatively, if you are self-conscious about your art work (and feel you have no talent or aren’t creative) why not try drawing in the dark? You could still reap the stress-relieving benefits of art therapy, but in freedom from your inner art critic. Once you turn the lights back on you’ll be amazed at what you have created, but this creation will be secondary to the stress relief of creating art in the first place.

The beauty of both these techniques is that they can be practiced for as long or little as you wish, depending on the amount of time you have. Just ten minutes of self-directed art therapy can make improvements to the quality of your day and to the levels of stress or anxiety you experience.

Source: Art Therapy Blog

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Why adult coloring books are good for you

Why adult coloring books are good for you

Coloring books are no longer just for the kids. In fact, adult coloring books are all the rage right now. And while researchers and art therapists alike have touted the calming benefits for over a decade, it's childhood favorite Crayola that's gotten adult coloring books some serious grown-up attention. The famous crayon makers just launched a set of markers, colored pencils and a collection of adult coloring books, Coloring Escapes, last month.

And though the first commercially successful adult coloring books were published in 2012 and 2013, the once-niche hobby has now grown into a full-on trend, with everyone from researchers at Johns Hopkins University to the editors of Yoga Journal suggesting coloring as an alternative to meditation. Here's why you might want to open a page and say ahhhhhh. 

Art Therapy, Adult Coloring Books and Your Mental Health

 According to the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy is a mental health profession in which the process of making and creating artwork is used to "explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem." So basically, it's similar to good old therapy. Yet art therapy is not only about learning and improving yourself — it's a means of personal expression, too.

    However, it is important to note that using an adult coloring book is not exactly the same as completing an art therapy session. "Coloring itself cannot be called art therapy because art therapy relies on the relationship between the client and the therapist," says Marygrace Berberian, a certified art therapist and the Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Graduate Art Therapy Program at NYU. And while art therapy was first practiced in the 1940s, the first research on using coloring as therapy is generally believed to have only begun as recently the mid 90s, according to Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.

    The Health Benefits of Adult Coloring Books

     Despite the fact that coloring and art therapy aren't quite the same thing, coloring does offer a slew of mental benefits. "Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness," says Berberian. Groundbreaking research in 2005 proved anxiety levels dropped when subjects colored mandalas, which are round frames with geometric patterns inside. Simply doodling, though, had no effect in reducing the other subjects' stress levels.

    Just like meditation, coloring also allows us to switch off our brains from other thoughts and focus only on the moment, helping to alleviate free-floating anxiety. It can be particularly effective for people who aren't comfortable with more creatively expressive forms of art, says Berberian, "My experience has been that those participants who are more guarded find a lot of tranquility in coloring an image. It feels safer and it creates containment around their process," she adds.

    Source: CNN

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