Painting to Relieve Stress and Chronic Pain

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It’s essential to figure out which way is best for you to manage fibromyalgia symptoms both physically and mentally. Not only does it help reduce a flare in symptoms, but it also lowers stress, a big contributor to an influx in pain. In this article, we are going to talk about painting to relieve stress and chronic pain with Winnie’s Picks.

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The Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia Connection

For me, issues in my right shoulder caused chronic pain. Because the chronic pain went untreated for as long as it did, it caused the development of fibromyalgia. I use to say fibro and chronic pain was one condition, but this is not true. The pain is one condition and should be treated at its source. For example, back pain or, as in my case, shoulder pain. Fibromyalgia, however, is another condition. But someone can also have chronic pain as a symptom of fibromyalgia.

In either case, chronic pain causes an abundance of issues all on its own and should be managed at the source of the issue. Management could be medicine, natural remedies, or alternative care such as chiropractic or physical therapy. Another option is to find stress-relieving activities you enjoy doing.

We talked about gaming to relieve stress and cope with pain and fibro symptoms, and here’s another option: painting.

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Painting to Relieve Stress and Chronic Pain

Aside from medicine and natural remedies, there are various ways of coping with chronic pain and fibromyalgia symptoms. We talked about gaming as one way, and here’s another way to do it: painting.

According to Tessera Brandon’s article The Benefits of Painting for Brain & Mental Health, painting has numerous benefits such as:

  • Promoting stress relief
  • Expanding creative growth
  • Bolstering memory
  • Enhancing problem-solving and motor skills
  • Cultivating emotional growth
  • Stimulating an optimistic attitude

All of these directly improves the symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

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Painting with Winnie’s Picks

A few months ago I had the pleasure of reviewing a product from Winnie’s Picks, a company specializing in paint-by-numbers kits.

Winnie and Gaetan founded the company in 2017 and provide premium kits with high-quality paint. In 2019 they partnered with a Californian warehouse to provide improved packaging and shipping from the United States.

Company Features I Love

With a variety of kits from an assortment of collections, there is something for everyone. Customers can even send the company a photo of their choice to convert into a customized paint-by-number kit.

On the website, their blog contains numerous tutorials ranging from painting for beginners to framing a finished product (they also have a kit you can purchase that includes a set of wooden stretchers for one canvas). It also contains articles about the benefits of painting, the relaxing power of painting, and others.

Aside from the ease of ordering a product, I also like their fast shipping time and the secure packaging of the product. It arrived in a strong, durable tube containing the entire kit. Even with the delivery people being rough with the delivery of our packages, it held up quite nicely without a dent. THAT is superior packing!

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My Paint-By-Number Kit

Choosing a product wasn’t easy for me. It started with deciding which collection to choose (there are so many great ones) and then having to pick just one. Each collection has such a range of beautiful kits, but I chose ‘Beautiful Magnolias’ from the Flowers collection.

Each kit comes with all the supplies needed to paint a stunning creation:

  • High-quality linen canvas (16” x 20”)
  • A set of four brushes
  • Numbered acrylic paints (with plenty to spare)
  • Painting instructions

It took me about a month or so to complete my canvas. I worked on it when I could in spurts. While painting, I was able to let my mind wander and let the stress roll off my back. I played classical music in the background and didn’t really think all that much. I only painted in small intervals, but any amount has proven beneficial.

Painting is a form of relaxation therapy and helps me think while I paint. It’s a nice distraction from the pain and releases stress. For me, check out my stuff on Instagram.

Painting for the Family

While I wouldn’t recommend these kits for younger children, my oldest daughter did enjoy painting some of my canvas, too. She’s an artist and enjoys creating art through a variety of mediums including paint. She was thrilled at the chance to give it a try and she, too, enjoyed it.

If you have older children, this is a great way to enjoy time together as a family over a period of time. It can be an ongoing project and when it’s completed, the finished canvases can be framed and hung on the wall for all to enjoy. It’s a chance to bond while painting and letting the conversation go where it will.

How You Can Enjoy Winnie’s Picks

If you are interested in a product from Winnie’s Picks, head over to their website by clicking here. When you are done with your canvas, be sure to enter into their drawing to receive a gift card from their website.

Brandi

Hi, I’m Brandi, the writer and creator of Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. Aside from my work on Being Fibro Mom, I run a group called Fibro Parenting on Facebook. I've been writing for the Fibromyalgia Magazine since 2016 and recently became the Secretary and Fibro & Families program director for International Support Fibromyalgia Network. Facebook-+-Twitter-+-Instagram

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