ZenART's Membership Plans Terms & Conditions

(Updates effective 17/08/2020)

These terms and conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) govern the ZenART Supplies Rewards & Referral Plan as well as Subscribe & Save Plan (“Membership Plans”), and members of the programs will earn zen coins in connection with the purchase of qualifying online products and online activities that are redeemable towards the purchase of certain products online. For the re-occurring members (Subscribe & Save Plan) this includes exclusive gifts & content.


  • Free. No purchase is necessary to obtain membership in the Rewards & Referral Program, but you must establish an account at https://shop.zenartsupplies.co/account/register . Please see our privacy policy, located here, to understand how information you provide us will be used. This program is void where prohibited.
  • Eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Rewards & Referral Program, you must create an account as outlined in these Terms and Conditions. You may create an account if you are at least seventeen (17) years of age, have Internet access, and have a valid mailing address. If you are between the ages of 17 and 18, you must have your parent’s permission to register for an account. If you choose to create an account, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account, username and password and for restricting access to your account. You are responsible for keeping such information current, complete, accurate and truthful. You agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account, username and/or password. You agree to provide only current, complete, accurate and truthful information. If you are accessing and using the Site on someone else’s behalf, you represent that you have the authority to bind that person as the principal to all Terms and Conditions provided herein, and to the extent you do not have such authority you agree to be bound to these Terms and Conditions and to accept liability for harm caused by any wrongful use of the Site or Content resulting from such access or use. You may only have one member account per natural person. Persons who are discovered to have more than one account forfeit their zen coins and will be unsubscribed from the Loyalty Program.
  • How To Enroll in the Rewards & Referral Program. (a) Create an account: Visit www.zenartsupplies.com (the "Site" or "Online") and become a registered user of the Site. Click here to be taken directly to the registration page. You will be asked for your first and last name, your email address, and a password. You will also be given the option to sign up for our newsletter. Once you have submitted the requisite information, you will be sent an email to the address you listed confirming your membership. Once you have confirmed your email address, you are automatically enrolled in the Reward & Referral Program and are a member (“Member”).
  • How to Access/Change Your Member Information. You must keep your personal information on your Account up-to-date. To do so, click on the "My Account" section and access your account by entering your registered email address and current password. From your dashboard you can access your account information; review your current and past orders; change your profile; manage your subscriptions and applications, and access your previous purchases.
  • How to Cancel Your Membership. You may cancel an account at any time. To cancel your account, please send an email to support@zenartsupplies.co and write “cancel membership” in the subject line. The email must come from the account currently listed on our servers as being associated with your Rewards & Referral Program. If you no longer have access to that email address, please email our customer service department and we will verify your status and cancel your account. Upon cancellation, you are no longer a member, and any unused zen coins accrued in your account will be forfeited and cannot be redeemed. Zen coins maintain their value only on valid accounts in good standing, and except as otherwise provided here for redemption, have no cash value outside of their redemption value on the Site.


  • General Members can earn zen coins on the purchase of qualifying online products at zenartsupplies.co. To receive zen coins for your Online purchases, you must be signed into your account. You may check at any time to see if you are signed in to the Site by looking in the upper right-hand corner of the site. Gift cards do not qualify for zen coins. Other products that do not qualify for zen coins are noted on the Site.
  • Earning Rate. Members earn 5 sen coins for every $1.00 spent on qualifying purchases (in other words, one (5) zen coins for every one dollar ($1) spent). Zen coins are based on your order subtotal, after any discounts, only. Zen coins are rounded down to the nearest whole number. For example, if you spend $9.99, you will receive 9 zen coins. The calculation is as follows: $9.99 x 1 zen coins per dollar = 9.99 zen coins, which is rounded down to 9 zen coins. This program started on August 17, 2020, and initial levels were set on the 2020 amount spent on ordering products. Note: Shipping and Taxes are not taken into consideration. If an item is return and/or price adjusted that will also be removed from your rewards calculations.
  • Gift Cards. Gift card purchases are not eligible to receive zen coins. However, once a gift card is redeemed, zen coins will be awarded to the recipient for the subtotal after any gift card values, provided s/he is logged into the account, as outlined in these Terms and Conditions.
  • Addition of Zen Coins to Accounts. Zen Coins will be added to your Account under the following conditions, and will generally show up immediately. You will receive zen coins:
    • At the time of account registration
    • During the purchase of qualifying products
    • For other activities outlined on the Site that may show up from time to time. Note that for these other activities, including “bonus zen coins” accumulations and other zen coin promotions, zen coins may show as “pending,” depending upon the activity.
    • Joining the Birthday Club. Birthdate must be entered 30 days before your Birthday to qualify.
    • For Liking the ZenART Supplies Facebook page and sharing the ZenART Supplies Facebook page with your following. This is good one time only.
    • Following ZenART Supplies on Instagram. This is good one time only.
    • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Your account will be automatically awarded the discount only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying purchase. Discount will automatically be applied to account if stipulations are met.
  • Exclusions. Members earn zen coins only on the purchase price of: (i) qualifying online products. Calculation of zen coins excludes payment by the Member for shipping charges and all taxes, including without limitation, federal, state, and local taxes or use taxes. Zen Coins will not be earned on any discounts or other credits offered in connection with a product or service. For example, if a product that is normally $50 is on sale for $25, a Member will only earn zen coins on the purchase price of $25. Purchases of gift cards, redemption of vouchers, and any type of price adjustments, including merchandise returns, are not eligible for zen coins. All purchases made: (i) by a Member prior to such member joining the Program, (ii) Online without a Member being logged onto the Website with the Member's Account number linked to the Member's Online account, are not eligible for Reward & Referral Program credit. The purchase of ZenART Supplies products outside the Zenartsupplies.co website are not eligible for the Reward & Referral Program.
  • Returns/Order Cancellations. Zen Coins earned for a purchase that is then the subject of a return, cancellation, refund, declined credit card or gift card, or other credit will be deducted from your account in an amount equal to the zen coins earned for the original transaction, including any bonus zen coins that may be applicable. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return. Zen Coins redeemed on an order will not be reapplied back to your rewards account for any reason on a returned order. If a return/cancellation will cause your account to have a negative zen coin balance, you will not begin earning zen coins again until your zen coins balance is returned to zero (0), by making purchases, or engaging in other promotional activities offered from time to time. If an item is exchanged (different product) any redeemed rewards on the initial purchase may be transferred to the exchange one (1) time only. Rewards used on an order that is canceled cannot be reapplied as they are good for just one use.
  • Bonus Zen Coins Promotions. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may run certain bonus zen coin promotions. Under bonus zen coin promotions, Members can earn additional or "bonus zen coins" in connection with the purchase of certain online products. When you purchase these specially marked products or make the purchase during a bonus zen coins time period, you will earn bonus zen coins on each product, as specified in the offer. Bonus zen coin promotions are subject to the terms and conditions of the offer and may be offered at any time in ZenART Supplies sole discretion. Bonus zen coin offers cannot be combined with any other offer.
  • Limitations on Bonus Zen Coins and Zen Coins, Generally. These terms apply to zen coins and bonus zen coins accruals. If you purchase a product during a promotion and the product comes with an additional, free product, zen coins will not be issued on the retail value of the free product. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product and pay a portion of the retail price after the zen coin's redemption, you will receive zen coins only on the leftover retail amount you pay, and not on any value attributed to the zen coin you used. If you redeem zen coins towards the purchase of a product in an amount equal to the full price of the product, you will not earn any zen coins.
  • Non-purchase Options for Earning Zen Coins. You may also earn additional zen coins on non-purchase activities. From time to time, ZenART Supplies may offer you the chance to win various prizes, and earn zen coins, for entering into promotions. For sweepstakes promotions, there is NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO PLAY OR TO WIN. Rules and restrictions will apply to such promotions and may be found on the entry page of any promotion.
  • Referring a friend to ZenART Supplies. Email a friend an $8 off coupon on $50 order by clicking “ Earn Zen Coins” then “ Refer a Friend”. Enter the email address of a friend who has not purchased with ZenART Supplies before (if your referral has shopped with us before the referral link will be automatically voided by the system). A referral link will be sent to your friend with an $8 off coupon on a $50 order. $8 off coupon on $50 order will automatically be rewarded to your account only if the referral friend used the link sent to them from your referral account and makes a qualifying first-time purchase with ZenART Supplies. Your Referral friend will receive an $8 off coupon on $50 order, 200 zen coins for signing up, and zen coins from their first purchase made while signed into their new ZenART Supplies account.


  • How To Use Your Zen Coins. Zen Coins must be used in increments outlined in these Terms and Conditions. The maximum number of zen coins that may be used in a single transaction is 10,000 zen coins. Zen Coins may only be used Online at the ZenART Supplies website. Zen Coins towards Products: Members can use their zen coins to reduce the purchase price of a product or to receive a product for free based on the following scale:
    • 500 zen coins = $5.00 off
    • 1,000 zen coins = $10.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 1,500 zen coins = $15.00 off your at least $50 order
    • 2,500 zen coins = $25.00 off your at least $50 order

    Zen Coins can only be redeemed in any combination of the zen coin and increment amounts set forth above. Redemption of zen coins towards purchases of products is subject to product availability. Any rewards discounts that are applied to the order, will be distributed equally to the applicable items in the order when completing a return.

  • Gift cards. Once available, zen coins cannot be used towards the purchase of gift cards. Gift card redemption, however, is eligible for zen coins. Zen Coins accrued pursuant to the use of a gift card will benefit the gift card user, provided the user has an account in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
  • To Redeem your Zen Coins. Before you begin shopping with us, sign in to your Shop account on our site. Select “Redeem Zen Coins” from the red tab housed in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and select the amount of zen coins you would like to redeem. You will be issued a custom code that you can copy and paste into the discount bar during check out (Please note - only one code can be used). Your total payment amount will be discounted by the amount of zen coins you allocate to the purchase. Note that zen coins may only be redeemed for the purchase price of the product. Sales tax, shipping, and other handling charges assessed in addition to the price of the product are your responsibility and zen coins may not be used to discount these additional charges.
  • Exclusions. Only one account per natural person. Only one discount code can be redeemed per transaction. Rewards redemption codes may not be combined with any other discount codes. Zen Coins may not be transferred or gifted at this time. Zen Coins cannot be used on past purchases. Zen Coins accumulated on different accounts by different members may not be combined or aggregated to make purchases of products or for any other reason. Zen Coins earned in a transaction cannot be redeemed in the same transaction. Redeemed zen coins cannot be retroactively applied to any past order or receive a price adjustment on any order where redeemed zen coins were not applied. Zen Coins have no cash value outside of the ZenART Supplies website and are available only to members in good standing.
  • Zen Coins Expiration and Time Lapses. All zen coins acquired, whether standard zen coins or bonus zen coins, shall expire 180 days from the date the zen coins are added to your account. Zen Coins expire 180 days from the date in which they were assigned to your account. Specific onsite activities in which zen coins will be awarded are set to accrue zen coins based on a time-lapse at the discretion of ZenART Supplies.
    • Sign up: zen coins are added to your account instantly
    • Order: zen coins are added to your account when your order is placed.
  • Once zen coins are redeemed, a discount code will be assigned and we are unable to cancel the discount code and reapply the zen coins to your Reward & Referral account. Discount codes generated by redeeming zen coins do not expire until used. They are a one-time use code, so once it is used it is gone. If an order is returned zen coins will not be reinstated.

4. Subscribe & Save Plan

  • Re-occurring purchase. Purchase is necessary in order to participate in this plan. The plan is worth $6.95 and will be charged to your account on the same date of the month that you purchased the plan, i.e. if you purchased the plan on 19th of January, you will be charged for the plan on the 19th of each month you are a Subscribe & Save Plan member.
  • 15% re-occurring discount. As a member of the subscribe & Save Plan, you are eligible for a 15% discount every time you put an order in place. You are qualified for the discount as soon as you purchase the plan.
  • Cancellation. After a purchase made with a Subscribe & Save Plan, you are not able to get a refund for the plan for the month the purchase was valid for but you can cancel for the following months.
  • Free samples & accessories. These are included for members of Subscribe & Save Plan only. These are not included in each order but the member will be informed when they will receive "extras" in their order.
  • Access to exclusive content. Exclusive access to tutorials, guides, tips & tricks in video, pdf, or audio format will be part of the membership program. Not all exclusive content is available but what is and will be available is up to ZenART Supplies sole discretion.


  • By registering with Zenartsupplies.co and joining the Reward & Referral Program, you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions, as well as any other terms that may be associated with the Reward & Referral Program. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or restrict the Reward & Referral Program, your account, the redemption of zen coins, or any aspect of the Program, including, without limitation, the zen coin conversion ratio and the zen coin expiration policy at any time. Any changes can be made without advance notice. ZenART Supplies may make these changes even though such changes may affect your ability to use zen coins already accumulated. You are responsible for remaining knowledgeable about the Program Terms and Conditions. A Member's zen coins balance, as reflected in ZenART Supplies records, shall be deemed correct. ZenART Supplies reserves the right to determine the amount of zen coins in any Member's account based on ZenART Supplies' internal records related to such Member's account. In the event of an inconsistency between the amount accrued in a Member's account as stated on any Member's receipt and ZenART Supplies internal records, ZenART Supplies internal records will control. ZenART Supplies assumes no responsibility for errors caused by incorrect Member information. Your right to transfer zen coins earned or granted under the Program is strictly limited. The sale of zen coins is prohibited and may result in the confiscation or cancellation of your zen coins as well as suspension or termination of your membership, which in each case shall be final and conclusive. All transactions involving zen coins and all Member accounts are subject to review and verification by ZenART Supplies. The zen coins balance in a Member's account may be unavailable for use when an account or transaction is under review. ZenART Supplies may revoke any Member's membership in the Reward & Referral Program at any time if such Member engages in abuse of the Reward & Referral Program or fails to follow the terms and conditions of the Program. Fraud or abuse relating to the accrual of zen coins or redemption of rewards may result in revocation of membership in the Program and may affect a Member's eligibility for participation in any other ZenART Supplies program, present or future. Zen Coins are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash. The interpretation and application of the Program's Terms and Conditions are at the sole discretion and determination of ZenART Supplies. For more information or other questions, click on Contact Us.
  • The Terms and Conditions of the loyalty program are subject to change at ZenART Supplies’ sole discretion at any time and without notice to customers. Upon customer’s at-will termination of their Zenartsupplies.com registered account, or if a customer is termination for violation of these Terms and Conditions or other activities in violation of the intent and good faith intended use of this Site, all zen coins will immediately be forfeited and will no longer be redeemable. ZenART Supplies will make reasonable efforts to award zen coins as outlined above to all 1. registered and 2. qualifying Zenartsupplies.co customers but is not responsible for any technical or unforeseen errors that may occur.
  • Zen Coins are nontransferable, nonredeemable for cash, are nonrefundable and are not valid outside of Zenartsupplies.co. Purchases made outside Zenartsupplies.co are not valid for zen coin accrual (this includes, but is not limited to Facebook resell groups, Ebay, and Amazon).
  • Employees of ZenART Supplies are not eligible to participate in the Reward & Referral Program.

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Creative Stress Relievers and Mindfulness Activities

Creative Stress Relievers and Mindfulness Activities
Managing stress effectively is one of the most difficult challenges in life. What works for one person may not always work for another, but incorporating creativity when dealing with it opens up a new dimension in our points of view. This article talks about the benefits of stress relief art, and how it can powerfully shift the way we live.

Why do we need creative stress relievers?

"Do one thing every day that scares you" - Eleanor RooseveltThis is a powerful quote that has inspired many people, but I would like to change it up a little bit today. Do one thing every day that inspires you. That sounds more encouraging, right? Countless books, articles, and blogs have been written about the different ways of using stress relief art. Each one of us has experienced stress in one way or another, and I'm sure that most can attest to the fact that stress creates a toll on our well-being, productivity, and relationships. The best way to alleviate stress is by actively setting aside time to do the things that we love. How so?CBT or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in psychology refers to a treatment method focused on changing negative thoughts and behaviours, the assumption being that most of life's problems stem from our pessimistic thoughts and unhealthy habits. Since we are all different, each treatment is also very personal; but in a nutshell, CBT pushes us to do the things that make our hearts grow fonder. Have you tried keeping a gratitude journal? How about finally pushing through with the creative pursuits you are interested in without listening to the naysayers? By attending to these interests, we allow the child-like excitement inside of us to flourish, and we see the world in a purer way. Taking the time to enjoy our stress relief art practices can also have many health advantages. Today, let us discover a few activities we can incorporate in our daily or weekly schedules. This is a perfect read for anyone, especially those who feel overwhelmed with work and mothers trying to balance career, self-care, and family.

What is its importance in our lives?

Creative stress relievers allow us to see the details. It engages us and helps us become present and in the moment. Practicing stress relief art is also a way of exercising a different part of our brain, helping us feel more rested and at ease instead of being stressed out or anxious all the time.creative stress relievers

ZenART co-founder Ardak Kassenova working on a batik painting, Health Retreat, Bali, 2018

In an experimental study in 2016, researchers investigated the impact of visual art-making on the cortisol (our body's main stress hormone) levels of 39 healthy adults, regardless of gender, age, and time of day. "Results indicate that art-making resulted in a statistically significant lowering of cortisol levels. Participants' written responses indicated that they found the art-making session to be relaxing, enjoyable, helpful for learning about new aspects of self, freeing from constraints, an evolving process of initial struggle to later resolution, and about flow/losing themselves in the work. They also reflected that the session evoked a desire to make art in the future." - Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants' Responses Following Art Making (by Girija Kaimal, Kendra Ray & Juan Muniz, 2016, pages 74-80)creative stress relievers

One of Ardak Kassenova's paintings using ZenART's Infinity Series Oil Paint Palettes, 2015

This is a strong example of how humans are drawn to creativity. When we practice art without hesitation, we invoke our imagination - which is a productive and constructive use of our mind. By focusing intensely on a creative task, we can achieve a state of "flow", a term coined by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, defined as the "optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best." Creative stress relievers do not only help us relax, unwind, and be truthful to what we really feel inside; it encourages the development of our optimal selves, too!

How can we begin to practice the different ways of stress relief art?

The beauty of creativity is that it is a state of being, and once we have developed this, we can never run out of things to do each day. Any seemingly ordinary task can be turned into a source of joy and art therapy stress management, when we look at it in a creative manner. Today, we will provide you with a few creative stress relievers you can try one by one, that will help you manage stress effectively.


They say that we design our own lives. When we plan properly, each goal that we create and accomplish is a step towards where we want to be -- in our best possible self, with our dreams slowly coming into fruition. Journaling as a therapy is an often overlooked way of stress relief through art, but practising it allows us to live a life of intentionality. It is where productivity and mindfulness meet, and our beliefs are aligned with our actions. Jotting down our random thoughts, to-do lists, and everyday reflections is an act of attention that allows us to become aware of our thought process and realise how we react to our surroundings. It is definitely one of the oldest forms of art therapy stress management.creative stress relievers

A page of Ardak Kassenova's personal journal, 2019

Going out in nature and sketching

Inspiration comes in many ways, but the most accessible ones are the things that we see and encounter every day. Enjoy this art therapy stress management by taking a long walk in your neighbourhood park and bringing a trusty, well-sized sketchbook with you. When you look at nature close enough, you will see a lot of wondrous things. Seeing a flower grow, the chirping of birds in the morning, the leaves that have fallen on the ground, the details of random rocks you see on your way to work. Practice seeing the beauty in the tiniest details of nature. With a pencil, start sketching this on your sketchbook in your own artistic style. Write down the date, your experience, and your thoughts beside the sketch. You may also take photos that can be used as a reference for any future painting you might want to create. creative stress relievers

A spread from Ian De Jesus' (@ravenfox13) ZenART Supplies sketchbook together with ZenART Faux Squirrel no. 8 round watercolour brush from the Turner Collection

Plein-air painting

"When I'm out in the landscape I am responding directly to my subject as quickly as I'm able. It's more of a spiritual experience than painting in the studio because I'm immersed in my subject and am utilizing multiple senses simultaneously. There's so much information in front of me, and I feel a sense of urgency to document my environment before the light shifts significantly. It's a wonderful experience." - Whitney Knapp Bowditch, on her thoughts about plein-air paintingcreative stress relievers

Plen-air painting on-site, Ardak Kassenova, Art Retreat, Italy, 2018

These days, the act of painting outdoors is a flourishing creative stress relief art practice. You can do it alone for a very special personal experience, or with a group of artists who regularly conduct paint out excursions and workshops. It is a powerful act of paying attention to nature, and taking the time to slow down and simply revel in its beauty. creative stress relievers

Painting en-plen-air with Katerina (@katy_in_wonderland) using ZenART's Infinity Series Oil Palettes

This is one of the major motivations of our co-founder, Ardak Kassenova upon the creation of ZenART Supplies. All ZenART products were designed to be easily carried around for plein-air painting. The brush sets for oils & acrylics, and watercolours come in practical roll-up carrying cases, while the oil paint sets are in a compartmentalised hard box where you can mix and match paint tubes of your own liking. Furthermore, the sketchbooks and bullet journals are just about the right size (B5 and B6), and everything can easily be inserted into a travel bag. Handy and sturdy, Ardak made sure that these products are not just sourced ethically and created mindfully, but will surely stand the test of time.

Travelling to new places

Travelling truly does wonders to our soul, and is one of the most scientifically proven ways of stress relief art, by providing an outlet through a different experience. More importantly, we grow a better appreciation of the world around us. A good vacation can help us to reconnect with ourselves, operating as a vehicle for self-discovery and helping us get back to feeling our best. When you travel, allow yourself a lot of me-time and bring your handy journal with you. Write down what you think, how you feel, and what you see along the way. Visit any place that you have never been to! It does not matter if it's the neighbourhood park you've never been to, the garden in the next village, or the night market in the next town. The idea is to see new things and approach them with a fresh, child-like perspective. creative stress relieversA great mindfulness tip for travellers is to pack light and carry only the things that are essential for your survival, keeping your luggage to a bare minimum. It sounds like an extremely minimalist approach, but it does not have to be. When you cut down on your material things, you will experience a profound sense of freedom by not having to literally carry so much on your back. It is a philosophical approach to lessening our unnecessary burdens, although we do not always see them as such. Our co-founder Ardak Kassenova (@ardak_zenart) was inspired by the book Ultralight | The Zen Habits Guide to Travelling Light And Living Light by Leo Babauta and has been trying to practice this philosophy and share it with other people, too. It talks about how packing less in travels is a mindfulness mindset that can definitely help us live better. Mindfulness is something that we at ZenART strongly abide by, and has been the greatest factor in the creation of the brand. We carry the most essential and practical art products, with our popular brush sets containing every multi-functional shape you will need. Our oil paints, on the other hand, are packed in beautiful, minimal yet sturdy sets that you can easily carry around. creative stress relievers

Painting en-plein-air with Ardak Kassenova using ZenART's Infinity Series Oil Palettes

Listening to new music or seeing a live band

Scientific studies have well-established the soothing power of music as a creative stress reliever. Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies - especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions: slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones. Music, in short, can act as a powerful art therapy stress management tool in our lives. As music can absorb our attention, it acts as a distraction while encouraging us to explore our emotions. Try listening to music outside your usual genre, or see a live band altogether. Fresh, unfamiliar tunes can not only help our minds relax as this form of stress relief art is enjoyed, it allows the forming of new connections in our brains, too.

Taking up a new hobby

creative stress relievers

Wood carving activity with Ardak, Health Retreat, Bali, 2018

Regular engagement in things you enjoy can definitely be a great creative stress reliever. Hobbies allow you to relax and seek pleasure in activities you actually like that aren't associated with work, chores or other responsibilities. They give you room to breathe and just enjoy being yourself. To develop a new hobby, you have to learn how to do something that is brand new to you. Have you always wondered how fun it would be to learn how to play the piano, or bake new flavours of cookies? Check your neighbourhood if there is anyone offering classes that interest you, and you just might be able to provide help to others, too. There will always be a learning curve, and you will need patience in order to build your skills, but the results are most definitely worth it. Having a hobby can not only provide a healthy outlet but it's also a wonderful way to discover stress relief art. It can help with your social life as well by providing an avenue for you to create a bond with others.

Practising mindfulness

Mindfulness is an awareness that arises through paying attention, and being in the moment. Our co-founder, Ardak (@ardak_zenart) regularly does these mindfulness activities and she says that it makes her perception of the world much, much better. It allows her to harness inner peace that she can practice in her daily life. She also encourages us to join in on Deepak Chopra's (one of the most famous advocates of alternative medicine) free 21-Day Meditation Challenge that any one of us can begin to practice. creative stress relievers

Evening meditation, Ardak Kassenova, Health Retreat, Bali, 2018

In yoga, there are terms called sun and moon salutations that could help us become more mindful of our every day. Each morning, the sun rises, bringing light and heat to the world. It is a time of awakening and getting started. When we move through a Sun Salutation in a yoga practice, we are honouring this aspect of our relationship with the sun. While Sun Salutations represent the sun's power to awaken and invigorate, Moon Salutations are more calming and reflective. Where the sun cultivates warm, masculine, outward energy, the moon is a cooler and more feminine energy that's more inward-focused.Joseph Mallord William Turner, or "The Master of Light" is an Impressionist who was famous for depicting an almost spiritual magnificence of light, as seen in nature. By the end of his life, his works were all about the sun. This tells us that even artists who paid great attention to the details of nature paid great importance and respect to the sun. Just visually experiencing and appreciating his paintings is a form of stress relief art.creative stress relievers

Sunset setting over a lake, J.W. Turner, Oil on canvas, 1840

Life gets hectic and out of control sometimes, so for a few minutes each day, stop with everything you are doing and focus on yourself. Pay attention to your breathing. Feel the rise and fall of your chest, the air entering and leaving your lungs. This technique will slow your heart rate and relax your muscles. It will help you become more aware of your inner thoughts. There are a lot of health benefits from mindfulness practices, such as early morning meditation and yoga classes - they can definitely act as a form of art therapy stress management. Think of it as a kind of performance stress relief art. The benefits include having better sleep, lower levels of negativity, improvement of attention, reduction of anxiety, and management of any physical pain. creative stress relievers

"Moon salutation", ZenART's Beatrice in Sperlonga, Italy, 2019 and Regina in Manila, Philippines, 2019

Read an inspirational book

A well-written book can transport you to other realms, and it is a proven fact that reading can serve as a creative stress reliever. Many of us take this simple act for granted, because we have so much required reading in our daily lives, but ask yourself this: How often do you read for pleasure?Reading can be a wonderful (and healthy) form of stress relief art, as another kind of art therapy. Simply by opening a book, you allow yourself to be invited into a literary world that distracts you from the present. It can also relax your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles. If you fear not having enough time, just set aside 30 minutes to read every day in a quiet place where you won't be interrupted. What book inspired you the most, in your whole life?

Take a digital detox

A lot of our self-induced stress comes from comparing our day to day lives with the highlight reels of our friends and colleagues. Oftentimes, we are too harsh on ourselves because we don't take time to listen to our inner voice. Although the world is now governed by the internet, taking time off from using the internet and our gadgets can prove to be a really effective way of managing stress. Imagine the amount of time you spend each day on social media. Multiply that with the days you have in a week, in a month, in a year... How much time do you really have in your hands? Time is all that we really have, and we can choose to spend it doing something that we love. Instead of adding to our stressors, why don't we choose to lessen them? Taking a digital detox does not mean stopping its use altogether. You can begin by lessening your screen time by one to two hours daily, and spend this time reading a new book, or practising mindfulness and meditation. Instead of checking your phone the very first thing in the morning, drink a glass of water and grab your journal instead. Write and practice some stress relief art. Reflect on the quality of your sleep, and how you felt the moment you woke up. How's the weather like outside? The reflections we realise and ideas we come up with when we're not always checking our phones and tablets tell us a lot about what we need to attend to in our most personal lives.

The Importance of Mindset

Like what any successful person that has lived through many ups and downs in their lifetime says, having a positive outlook in life is the most important thing that we can have. Life is full of many external factors that we have absolutely no control over, and daily stressors are one of those. But the good news is this: We have total control of ourselves, our choices, and the way we think. These factors definitely create a ripple effect in our lives. So focus on what you want to expand, and the rest will follow. Begin by practising the creative stress relievers we talked about in this article. Accept, acknowledge, and allow yourself to go through this journey of life, and surround yourself with things that inspire you.I hope this inspires you to start practicing various stress relief art activities that will help you deal with all the stress and the things that are out of your control. Which activity have you practiced before? How about one that you're looking to start soon? Let us know what you think, we'd love to hear back from you. Feel free to leave a comment, and we'll be happy to answer any queries you have. Have a wonderfully mindful day!creative stress relievers

Visiting local temples, Ardak Kassenova, Health Retreat, Bali, 2018

Most importantly - always prioritise your health, your mental well-being, and your soul. Painting and creating from the heart will surely flow naturally after.Did you like the creative stress relievers we discussed above? Which one is your favourite? Do let us know in the comments below, and let's talk! :) We would love to hear your thoughts!
Ardak Kassenova, ZenART Supplies co-founder, @ardak_zenartArdak Kassenova is mother, artist and ZenART Supplies co-founder. "My heart and soul were always with Art, and since my childhood as long as I remember myself, I was dreaming to be an artist. I was painting after work, when I had time, and teaching myself through the books, videos, visiting art galleries and museums. I've been very curious about different techniques and styles, and therefore accumulated knowledge and experience on a variety of mediums". After 20 years of a successful corporate career and with becoming a mother to two wonderful girls, she decided that it's time to make drastic changes and link her life with Art. She started to paint again and decided to create her own art supplies brand that would help artists to fulfil their creative dreams and achieve their best results since the beginning using high-quality art materials without wasting their precious time and money. Say hello to @ardak_zenart on Instagram!

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