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Paint is might­ier than cor­ti­sol, ac­cord­ing to new re­search in the jour­nal Art Ther­apy. In the study, 75 per cent of peo­ple who spent a 45-minute ses­sion work­ing with art ma­te­ri­als sig­nif­i­cantly low­ered their lev­els of the no­to­ri­ous stress hor­mone. “Hav­ing a cre­ative out­let, whether it’s art, mu­sic, dance, craft­ing or writ­ing, helps us ex­ter­nalise our emotions. And the act of work­ing with our hands in­stils a sense of ac­com­plish­ment,” study au­thor Gir­ija Kaimal says. So break out some wa­ter­colours or scrib­ble in your note­book – any­thing that starts your cre­ative juices flow­ing!

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