Relaxing and Transporting with Art

By: Pearl Maalouf BS, FMSC, CPT, CF-L1

Art is a way to escape your day to day life.

With each brushstroke,

You can be transported to a different world.

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Mental health isn’t a topic we’ve touched on that much yet, unfortunately, as it is SO important to our health and well being. Your overall mental status plays such a big role in how our body functions – if  we’re stressed our body starts releasing hormones that can wreak havoc on many different body processes that can manifest into digestions problems, shortness of breath, acne, headaches, and/or increased fat storage!

Of course in a perfect world we would all just avoid situations that would cause stress but we can’t do that, there will always be traffic, annoying co-workers, unreasonable bosses, family problems, etc to cause stress. So since we can’t always avoid stress we can take two approaches:

  • Change the way you react to stress. This way we can handle stressful situations with a bit more grace and try not let it affect us too much.
  • Find a way that helps you relieve your stress. No, alcohol is not a good option! It’s important to find something that you can do anywhere and anytime that helps you. Whether it’s a picture that you can look at and relax (I had a sunny island background on my computer at work that i loved); a song you can play; a happy memory you can close your eyes and think about; deep breathing techniques; sports; yoga; and whatever else you can think of! There are lots of de-stressing options out there! Like…taking in a wonderful piece of art.

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“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls” -P Picasso

For a lot of people art is a an escape from reality…you can look at a painting or sculpture and spend a few minutes wondering and imagining what the artist meant or what it means to you. Art is a great way to see things from a different perspective. I love it when artists focus on an aspect of everyday life and transform it.

Until the 20th of this week in Beirut there is a magnificent art fair, aptly named “Beirut Art Fair” (check them out on facebook too!) that I spent a few hours getting lost in. Enjoy a few pictures from the show below, and I hope everyone takes the opportunity to be transported to another world this weekend by creating your own art, or visiting an art exhibition near you!

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Benjamin Carbonne. Corps, 2015 Acrylic on linen canvas 162 x 130 cm
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Hania Farrell Suspension of Reality-Swimming Pool, 2009 Stretch floor 414 x 293 cm
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Sara Niroobakhsh Untitled, 2014 Giclee printed on acid free paper 92 x 62 cm
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Claudia Scarsella Star Wear Struscan Jewels, 2014 Collage & mixed media, embroidery on printed gaze sewn on pigment piezography on canvas 40 x 40 cm
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Hiahm Benohoud Untitled Mixed media on canvas 70 x 50 cm
Pearl Maalouf
Pearl Maalouf

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