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Did you know that painting or modeling in clay can help you a lot in managing your diabetes? Therapy through art, known as Art Therapy, consists of the use of the visual arts for therapeutic purposes.
Whether painting, writing poems, designing floral ornaments, singing, or whatever you like to do the most, doctors, psychologists, and patients agree: the act of creating reduces stress, increases self-esteem, and distracts from the constant concern of caring of diabetes. Being creative makes it easier for you to focus on things other than anxiety caused by illness. It is always helpful for someone with a constant concern that something will distract you from it. Artistic creation is, at the same time, relaxing and rejuvenating. “Getting away from diabetes for a few hours gives you a different perspective and more strength to face it when you return to reality. You feel more inner balance and the disease is no longer the only thing present in your life. New and varied possibilities open up before you and your optimism increases”,Gisela tells us.
Another way of seeing life
Self-esteem also increases. Cristina Vázquez, 44, from Malaga, improved her health when she began to dedicate herself with great interest to cooking. She had been diagnosed with Type II diabetes just two years earlier, and that had made her feel overwhelmed. The world came to him and he did not know where to leave.
Until then accustomed to quick and ready meals, she had to forcefully change her habits. She did not like the diabetic recipes in the books, so she began to adapt them herself, and it became an increasingly absorbing and enjoyable hobby: “I am very special at lunchtime and I saw in the kitchen a way to unleash my imagination. If I'm cooking or thinking of new recipes, I forget all the other complications in life, including diabetes. I focus on what I'm doing and let my imagination run wild.”