DE-STRESS IN 15 MIN­UTES

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Use art to quickly re­lax – no train­ing is needed, says Clau­dia Gon­za­lez, self-taught artist and the wife of the for­mer Mex­i­can Am­bas­sador to Sin­ga­pore. Clau­dia dis­cov­ered art ther­apy as a means of heal­ing after her first mar­riage broke down.

Play with colours. Colours are not only as­so­ci­ated with dif­fer­ent emo­tions, but each hue also means dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. For ex­am­ple, red can be warm and cheer­ful for some, but may mean pain and anger to oth­ers.

Make time for it ev­ery day. Fif­teen min­utes is all you need for daily emo­tional “self-main­te­nance”, to con­nect with your feel­ings be­fore they boil over. Think about some­thing that makes you feel good – a happy mem­ory or a funny in­ci­dent. Then pick a colour to match this feel­ing, and use it to cre­ate shapes or paint freely.

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