Medical research shows that creative outlets – whether they be through writing, painting, photography, or other activities – can lead to improved physical, mental and emotional health. Many patients utilize self-expression as a helpful way to cope with pulmonary hypertension (PH). These resources can help guide you towards your own form of creative expression.
Finding Ways to Relax through Creative Expression
- Music — Music can be therapeutic and stress relieving, whether you listen to it or create it yourself.
- Journaling, Writing and Blogging — Writing is something everyone can do - whether you share it with others or keep it to yourself.
- Artwork — Expressing yourself through art – such as painting, drawing sculpting – can give you an outlet for feelings that you just cannot put into words.
- Photography — If you don’t feel compelled to create with your own hands, capturing life through the lens can be another great way to express thoughts and feelings.
- Meditation — While meditation is not an outward form of creativity in the same way as the previous examples, meditation can help calm your mind and allow you to refocus your energy to tap into your creative side.
To learn more on how creative expression can help you, read the handout, The Theory Behind Creative Expression (PDF), from the 2010 PHA Conference session, Words for Wellbeing.
Looking for more information? View additional PHA resources on living with PH