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Creative Expression

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.

 

Give it a Listen …

Creative Expression for Wellbeing   Creativity as a Coping Tool

Creative Expression for Wellbeing

Listen as an active artist and PH patient provides ideas, prompts and tips regarding art and creative expression for your health.

 

Creativity as a Coping Tool

Learn more about the benefits that creativity can bring your physical and mental wellbeing from two PH caregivers.

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Looking for more information? View additional PHA resources on living with PH

 

Patient Perspectives

Learn how other PH patients of all ages use different forms of creative expression as coping tools:

Get Inspired

For some in the PH community, sharing their story is best accomplished via artistic expressions such as writing, painting, recording music or videos. Get inspired by examples from some fellow PH patients in these Our Journeys stories.

Read stories

Creativity for a Cause: Fighting Back

Once you've found your creative nitche (or nitches!), you can apply your outlet to raising PH awareness and funds. Learn about how talents and creativity have been used to benefit the cause and fight back in the Eventful Times article, Getting Creative with PH Awareness.

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