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What Is Music Therapy And How Does It Help? Music therapy is a type of art therapy that uses music as a therapeutic tool to improve and maintain the physical, psychological, and social well-being of a group of people or individuals. It involves various activities, ranging from listening to music to singing, playing an instrument to writing songs and much more. Sounds great, but what does music therapy help with and does it really work? Music has been used as a therapeutic tool for centuries and has shown to evoke happy memories and raise your spirits. One really doesn't need to have a strong connection to music. Even if you can't sing or play an instrument, this therapy is great for a rehab session or to guide you into meditation. Music therapy can be highly personalized, making it appropriate for people of all ages, whether they are struggling with illnesses or totally healthy. In the past few decades, music therapy has played an increasing role in improving mental health and overall well-being of people. What To Expect During A Music Therapy Session? For someone who is new to this therapy might wonder what actually happens during these sessions. It’s difficult to answer this as there is no such thing as a “typical” music therapy session. As music therapists work in many different settings and with different kinds of patients, treatment programs and duration always vary. Each session is different and customized depending on the client's age, needs and preferences. Every session can look different, but the only thing common here is the inclusion of music. During music therapy you and your therapist will do one or more of the following – sing, listen to music, create music, dance to music, play an instrument or discuss lyrics. Sometimes music therapy sessions are done in groups and some prefer private sessions. Some music therapists treat patients in their private practice or at a nursing home, while some may come to one’s home. Whichever setting one chooses, the impact of music therapy will help people accomplish their goals and improve the quality of their lives. Benefits Of Music Therapy On Physical Health Reduces High Blood Pressure A recent systematic review stated that music therapy along with lifestyle changes reduce high blood pressure. Listening to just thirty minutes of music every day may significantly reduce stress levels too. Effective In Pain Management Music has the power to reduce pain and helps manage pain in people who are living with chronic pain. Music therapy is increasingly used in hospitals to reduce the need for medication and also to decrease postoperative pain. Overall, music has a positive effect on pain management. Helps In Keeping Heart Healthy Benefits of Music therapy don't end with its ability to help with relaxation. It has the potential to strengthen chest muscles, improve heart function and heart rate variability. Patients with heart ailments who underwent music therapy sessions were able to improve their vascular health and lower their risk of future cardiovascular disease. Improves Body Coordination Music therapy helps to reduce muscle tension and improves body movement and coordination. Music may play an important role in developing, maintaining and restoring physical functioning for people with movement disorders. Control Over Headaches And Migraine Pain Studies have shown that music therapy benefits headache and migraine sufferers to have better control over their pain. This therapy may reduce the intensity, frequency, and duration of these headaches. People exposed to music had a decrease in the number of days that they experienced headaches. Helps Boost Immunity A particular type of music can create a positive and profound emotional experience that can increase the body's production of immune-boosting hormones. These immune boosting hormones have the ability to invade harmful viruses and reduce the factors responsible for illness. Benefits Of Music Therapy On Mental Health Suppress Depression And Anxiety Findings of a research have shown that music helps with depression symptoms and anxiety. Inspiring and exhilarating music could uplift the mood of people suffering from depression. The power of music is yet to be studied and explored fully, but there is no doubt that music has a great effect. Improves Concentration Levels Studies have shown significant effects of the impact of music therapy on all age groups. It's not clear what type of music is better but listening to music enhances concentration and cognitive ability. Helps To Induce Sleep Many people who suffer from insomnia find that music therapy helps them improve sleep hygiene. Researchers have shown that relaxing music before bedtime can make for a good night’s sleep. Ability to fall asleep quickly can make you feel relaxed and at ease. Reduces Stress And Aids Relaxation Listening to certain kinds of music has proven to reduce stress. One of the great benefit of music therapy as a stress reliever is that it can be used while doing your usual chores so that it really doesn't take an extra time. Countless studies have shown that music's relaxing effects can be seen on all, including newborns. Enhances Memory Performance Music Therapy reactivates areas of the brain associated with memory, speech, reasoning, and emotion. Music can help people recollect happy memories of past experiences. Children who take music lessons develop a better memory compared with children who don’t. Trauma And Crisis Management Music therapy is an evidence-based therapeutic application for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. For people experiencing trauma and crisis, music therapy can help with improving your mood, feeling confident, being in control and providing a non-verbal outlet for emotions.  Click here for more online Music Therapy Sessions with Cece Streams Music therapy alone may not constitute adequate treatment for medical conditions. However, when combined with medication, psychotherapy, and other interventions, it can be an important part of a treatment plan. Find the sounds that work for you and plug in your earphones with your favorite music to get carried away by the musical waves that will make you feel relaxed and happy. 

Oil paints are one of the most popular styles of painting, simply because they are versatile, archival and economical. Here the fusion of colors is outstanding and crisp effects are easily obtained, making it unique among all fluid painting mediums. Oil painting involves the process of painting with pigments with a medium of drying oil as the binder. There is a little more to it than acrylics, as you will be working with solvents and mediums and oil painting takes much longer to dry. Getting started with oil painting is fairly easy, but there are some rules you need to be aware of before you start. This comprehensive guide to the basics of oil painting for beginners covers most of the fundamental areas of oil painting to get you started. [caption id="attachment_12435" align="alignnone" width="750"] Source: mymodernmet.com[/caption] Oil Painting Basics That Every Beginner Should Know         Set up your workplace - Oil paints have a strong smell, and the solvents needed to thin the paint and clean your brushes are also toxic, so keep your palettes and supplies in a well-ventilated area.         Invest in good quality brushes – Buy at least three different size brushes of good quality to start with. You can use synthetic brushes, natural hair brushes and bristle (hog) brushes.         Prime your surface - Whichever surface you choose to work, it's important to apply a primer to the painting surface to prevent the oil from seeping into the canvas or other surface.         Understanding colors – It is not necessary that you have to use all the colors in your painting at once. Understand how the primary colors mix to produce the secondary colors.         Learn to clean your brush – Oil paint shouldn’t be allowed to dry on your brushes as this will ruin them. Clean your oil painting brushes between painting and with soap and warm water when you have finished painting.         Avoid mess-ups - As oil paints are made with oil they can get really messy. Keep paper towels and rags handy to wipe excess paint and turpentine.         Takes time to dry - Oil paints have a slow drying time and hence may take days or even months to dry. Be patient as you will probably need to work on your paintings in several sittings. [caption id="attachment_12434" align="alignnone" width="750"] Source: mymodernmet.com[/caption] Three Golden Rules To Make The Most Of Your Oil Painting When you are painting with oils, there are some rules which you should follow to avoid your paint from cracking. There are many layers of color that make a perfect oil painting. The way each of these layers interact with each other is important as it will have a direct effect on the final look of the painting. Adhering to the below three tried and tested rules that will serve you well. Rule 1 - Fat Over Lean Each layer on top has to be more flexible than the one underneath. Keep the top layers of paint fatter than the lower layers, else the layers on top will dry faster than the layers below and the paint will crack. This can be achieved by adding more medium to each new layer, which makes it more flexible than the previous one and will stop the painting from cracking. Rule 2 - Thick Over Thin Always apply thick layers over thin layers as the thin layers dry more quickly. The reasoning behind this rule is the same as the above rule. When painting with heavy color, it is best to put bold brush strokes on top or else the thin layers will crack. Rule 3 - Slow Drying Over Fast Drying It is always advisable to use fast-drying colors as under layers. This is because if a fast-drying layer is applied on top of a slow drying layer then your painting may crack. Keep this rule in mind to avoid the pull and twist in the layers above. [caption id="attachment_12433" align="alignnone" width="766"] Source: liveabout.com[/caption]  Click here to experience these easy oil pastel drawings with Cece Streams. Complete List Of Oil Painting Supplies For Beginners If you aren’t sure where to start from, this post will guide you through the essential oil painting supplies that are absolutely necessary to explore this wonderful world to create fine art. Painting Surface You can paint on just about any surface as long as you treat a surface with gesso that keeps the paint from deteriorating the surface beneath. Oil painting can be done on thick paper, wood or on canvas. Oil Paint For beginners, you can purchase a kit that is stocked with all of the colors. Once you get comfortable with the painting and start understanding different colors you can start mixing your own. [caption id="attachment_12432" align="alignnone" width="762"] Source: acrylgiessen.com[/caption] Paint Brushes For a beginner, you won’t need a ton of different paintbrushes. One or two small, medium and large round brushes, respectively, should be enough to start. As you paint you will quickly learn what shapes and sizes of brush you gravitate toward, and what effects you’re hoping to achieve. Palette This is a surface where you mix paint. You can use anything from a large piece of glass to a ceramic tile. Make sure it’s big enough to hold all your colors and there is enough space for mixing. Turpentine You cannot clean up oil paints with water, instead, you’ll need to use turpentine or mineral spirits to get the paint out of your brushes. Oil medium This is used to thin your oil paint to attain an ideal consistency without losing the paint’s texture. Generally, the medium is made by combining linseed stand oil with turpentine. As you start mixing colors you’ll find they’re easier to mix when you add a little painter’s medium. Pencil or Charcoal Pencil For a beginner, you can sketch out whatever you’ll be painting. Charcoal pencils work pretty well on the texture of the canvas to outline drawing. Expert painters prefer to sketch directly on the work surface with paint, but others prefer pencil. [caption id="attachment_12431" align="alignnone" width="764"] Source: acrylgiessen.com[/caption] Now that you have the complete oil painting for beginners list, get started and happy painting!

What is Upcycling? Many people know and understand what recycling is all about, but there are still some people who have not heard of upcycling. So what is upcycling? Upcycling is the act of turning unwanted items or old things into something new. This is achieved without breaking the product down into its raw materials. With this technique, one can reduce waste and improve the efficiency of resources used. In short, a great way to make beautiful things with a higher value, than what it previously was. With just a little bit of imagination and creativity, we can avoid throwing things, not in use and give them a new life. [caption id="attachment_11096" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: hgtv.com[/caption] How Upcycling Is More Than Just A Trend As the name suggests, upcycling lifts the value of the product. Here waste is looked at as a resource. Apart from reducing waste, the importance of upcycling projects can be understood better by breaking them down into two – environmental and personal benefits. Environmental Benefits: It is a known fact that littering is pretty bad for the environment. Upcycling is at the top of the ladder when it comes to the environment as your trash doesn’t go anywhere, it stays with you. This not only keeps materials out of landfill but also reduces the number of resources needed to manufacture new materials. This, in turn, helps to conserve natural resources. Personal Benefits: Reworking an old item and bringing it to life is a super creative skill to have. It helps to save on how much we spend on items that we use every day. Some people are so good at it that they eventually make their livelihood through upcycling projects. It also saves the hassle of finding ways to dispose of trash. There’s a certain level of satisfaction in knowing that you’ve done something great for the planet and for yourself. Check out our interesting online art workshops Difference Between Recycle And Upcycle The terms ‘upcycling’ and ‘recycling’ are used interchangeably but they are actually non-related and very different from each other. Let’s take a look at a few points on upcycling vs recycling to know what makes the two so different from each other. Recyclables are sorted and then broken down to create new materials, but upcycling involves taking a waste item and working on it to make it useful again. Upcycling converts material into something of greater value than it originally was, whereas recycling converts material into something of roughly the same value as it originally was. During the recycling process, there will be some energy consumed to break the waste materials by which pollutants are created, however, with upcycling, there are no waste materials which in turn results in no pollution to the environment. Turn Your Trash Into Treasure With Upcycling! It’s great fun creating something new out of old stuff. With so many upcycling projects online to take inspiration from, there are dozens of ways to create your own unique piece. Most of these upcycled things come out cooler than they initially were. To help you get started, we have come up with budget-friendly and good-for-the-planet upcycling ideas that can give new life to your trash. Upcycling Your Old Clothing: With a little bit of imagination, your old clothing can be transformed into things like face masks, tote bags, cushion covers, pillowcases, shopping bags and much more! Those torn jeans can be transformed into a pair of shorts or a denim skirt. Adding embroidery details or changing the color of the fabric can create something that looks new. A dash of creativity can revive your tired wardrobe. Upcycling Your Old Furniture: The good thing about upcycling old furniture is that there are no limits to what you can create. From turning an old ladder into a display bookshelf to turning an antique leather trunk into a table, the options are endless. Plan ahead and ensure you have the right tools and equipment needed for the job. Upcycling has become the most important interior design trend in recent years. [caption id="attachment_11091" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: loveproperty.com[/caption] Upcycling Your Beauty Containers: Little cosmetic glass jars can be transformed into just about anything. From hanging planters to bathroom holders, small simple ideas will do the trick. You can change the color by painting the outside of the jar with a funky color or go with plain glass if you prefer to keep it simple. All you have to do is remove the label and let your creativity do the rest. [caption id="attachment_11094" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: naturalinstinct.com.au[/caption] Upcycling Your Electronic Waste: There are a whole lot of things that you can do with your old motherboards, television sets, chargers, CDs, headphones, etc. You don’t have to be a DIY expert to make the most out of your old electronic waste. From jazzing up your clutch with old CDs to building your own mac aquarium with old television, you will be surprised by the different ways you can repurpose your old electronics. [caption id="attachment_11092" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: indiatimes.com[/caption] Gift your loved ones a DIY candle holder made from Resin Upcycling Your Kitchen Tools: If you have a kitchen overstocked with things that you just never use, there are wonderful ways to up-cycle them. From wall-hanging artworks to lighting, cool clocks with baking trays to empty wine bottle showpieces, there’s something for just about everything in your kitchen. Through ingeniously clever ways you can now up-cycle everyday items beautifully, finding them a new purpose and new life. [caption id="attachment_11090" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: wonderfulengineering.com[/caption] The best thing about upcycling is the sense of accomplishment that you get when you transform a broken object into something amazing. Some of these crafts are very basic and look out of this world when they are finished. Start seeing everything around you with an upcycling eye and make something special to give to a friend or donate to charity. Are you ready to experiment with upcycling projects at home? If you’re already one, do share your upcycling techniques with us in the comment box below!

Vodka is a European clear distilled alcoholic beverage that is mild and pairs well with pretty much anything. When it comes to mixed drinks, vodka seems to be everyone's favorite because of its subtle flavor. From sweet to savory and dry to spicy it goes well with any flavor. Vodka is generally considered a woman's drink, probably because of its sweet and sugary flavor. But with unique flavors and easy to follow recipes, cocktails with vodka have become a favorite among men too. Most of these vodka cocktails are actually super simple to make.  Here we bring you twelve vodka cocktails that you can mix in less than five minutes…….You’re sure to find something for every palate! Here Are 12 Fun And Refreshing Vodka Cocktails Vodka Martini These crispy and clean simple vodka cocktails need only two ingredients to mix and are one of the best-known mixed alcoholic beverages. To make this version, simply stir five parts of vodka and one part of dry vermouth together in a mixing glass with ice. Strain this mixture into a Martini glass, and garnish with an olive or lemon peel to make a classic gin martini with a vodka base. [caption id="attachment_10946" align="alignnone" width="728"] Source: wallpaperup.com[/caption] Black Russian Black Russian is one of the easy vodka cocktails that are refreshing and easy to mix at home. A classic black Russian cocktail made with vodka, coffee liqueur and cola, is generally served as an after-dinner drink. Pour all the ingredients into a tumbler filled with ice and stir gently. Serve it with a maraschino cherry on top for that stylish look. [caption id="attachment_10952" align="alignnone" width="740"] Source:mybartender.com[/caption] Cranberry Vodka One of those classic vodka cocktails that are good for an everyday drink. This bright, tart and incredibly refreshing drink are formally named Cape Cod, but popular among teenagers in the name of cranberry. This simple-straightforward two-ingredient drink of vodka and cranberry is a perfect choice for happy hour or anytime you want a refreshing cocktail. [caption id="attachment_10950" align="alignnone" width="720"] Source: thewanderlustkitchen.com[/caption] Zipper This simple and refreshing raspberry liqueur backed up with a punch of vodka is one of the best vodka cocktails. This stunning little sipper is one that you'll fall for on the very first sip. Combine vodka, raspberry liqueur, lime soda in a chilled old-fashioned glass with ice and garnish with seasonal berries and mint to get this simple yet amazing drink. [caption id="attachment_10942" align="alignnone" width="729"] Source:taste.com.au[/caption] Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor, one of the best fruity vodka cocktails, is a very popular drink in the Hawaiian Islands. This stunning drink mixes pineapple juice with a brilliant green melon liqueur. Layer these two ingredients to get an eye-catching green and yellow stripe in your glass. Finally, add some ice and you’re left with a cocktail that is very cooling and refreshing. [caption id="attachment_10948" align="alignnone" width="723"] Source: af.hiloved.com[/caption] Vodka Sidecar The Sidecar cocktails are typically made with brandy, but this twist of mixing with vodka is refreshingly tangy and absolutely worth taking the risk. These vodka cocktails are made with three simple ingredients: Cointreau, lemon juice and vodka zing. Run a lemon wedge around the outside of the rim of the glass for a perfect sugar rim! [caption id="attachment_10945" align="alignnone" width="735"] Source: alushlifemanual.com[/caption] White Russian Here are the famous Russian vodka cocktails that are made by combining vodka, Kahlúa and cream. Mix up all the ingredients and serve it on the rocks with heavy cream on top to create a delicious alternative to adult milkshakes. This creamy cocktail can be tried without the cream as a Black Russian. Confirmed as one of the simplest cocktail recipes with vodka, which is always a crowd-pleaser. [caption id="attachment_10943" align="alignnone" width="744"] Source:mealthy.com[/caption] Vodka Soda These simple vodka cocktails are light, refreshing, and go down easily. Mixing one part of vodka to two parts of soda water makes the best hydrating combination that’s tart and refreshing. This combination is actually called a “rickey”, a classic cocktail made with liquor and soda water, garnished with a lime wedge. It’s also called the cousin to the Vodka Tonic. Apple Cider Mule Apple Cider Mule is one of the best drinks with vodka that’s perfect for cool weather, when the temperature starts to drop. Made of Vodka, ginger beer, fresh lime juice, and apple cider creates a delicious fall drink that looks perfectly cosy nestled in a copper mug, garnish with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick. A perfect cocktail to serve for festivals and holiday gatherings! [caption id="attachment_10953" align="alignnone" width="740"] Source: 417homemag.com[/caption] Cosmopolitan This pretty-in-pink, fruity cocktail made with vodka, cranberry, orange liqueur and citrus is a timeless classic. A sweet and sour party drink also called the "cosmo," is made by adding vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, cranberry juice to a shaker. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Some like it sweet and some like it sour, but it tastes fantastic either way. [caption id="attachment_10951" align="alignnone" width="626"] Source: wallpaperflare.com[/caption] Screwdriver Screwdrivers are vodka cocktails that are heavy on the fruit and more like spiked fruit juice. They are the best to offer from brunch to happy hour, it's great throughout the day. Combine freshly squeezed orange juice with vodka that’s really chilled in a highball glass. It’s a basic drink with simple two ingredients but has many variations with different names in different parts of the world. [caption id="attachment_10947" align="alignnone" width="612"] Source: istockphoto.com[/caption] Cucumber Jalapeno A perfect drink for the summer where the cucumber and fresh lime juice brings some spa-like cooling relaxation, while the jalapeños bring about some spice. These spicy yet refreshing vodka cocktails are made by filling the shaker with club soda, vodka, lime juice, cucumber-flavored syrup and ice. Shake until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted and garnish with a slice of cucumber. [caption id="attachment_10949" align="alignnone" width="670"] Source: heatherchristo.com[/caption] Also Read: How to make simple Rum Cocktails with Cece Streams There’s every good reason for this drink’s huge popularity because of the variety of recipes it offers for every drinker and occasion. Hope the above-listed vodka cocktail recipes will inspire you to try them out. Mix up a few of these vodka drinks for a cocktail party and see for yourself this spirit’s versatility, that’s sure to impress all!

Children are always fascinated by magic as it is filled with fun and excitement. Putting the magical power into their own hands can be one of the most amazing things to do. The ability to astound their friend’s with magic tricks that they can do all on their own is a great feeling for you and your kids. Come let’s transform them into little magicians with these simple magic tricks for kids, right here! Magic With Sugar Cube This magic tricks easy for kids is more science than magic. The trick here is that the graphite in the pencil transfers easily to the human skin. Items Required: Pencil, Sugar Cubes, Water, Glass How to Perform the Trick: Step 1 - Allow someone from the audience to pick a number from 1 to 10 and write that number using the pencil on a sugar cube. Step 2 - Pick up the sugar cube by squeezing it against your thumb till the number will get transferred on your thumb. Step 3 - Now drop the sugar cube into a glass of water and allow it to dissolve. Step 4 - Ask for your volunteer’s hand and transfer the number to his/her palm by pressing your thumb to their hand. Step 5 - To give it a magical effect you can ask the volunteer to wave their hand over the glass of water and see the number appear on their hands! [caption id="attachment_12454" align="alignnone" width="720"] Source: momjunction.com[/caption] Magnetic Hand Card Trick You can help your child astound his or her friends with this simple magic tricks with cards. The catch here is a simple gimmick that is easy to make. Items Required: Pack of Cards, Sticky Tape, Scissors How to Perform the Trick: Step 1 - Use a pair of scissors to cut a small flap in the center of one playing card, and make sure the flap is easily bendable. Stick that gimmick card onto the back of a regular playing card, making sure the edges don't overlap. Step 2 - Select a few more playing cards and place them out to hold them in your hand. Have the gimmick card in the bottom center, and make sure you can easily grab the flap between your index and ring fingers. Step 3 - Hold out the cards, release your thumb, and show that your hand is magically keeping the cards stuck to it. You can even turn them around and over to show that they are appearing to stick like magnets. Step 4 - Getting that grip between index and ring finger right will hold the cards in place. [caption id="attachment_12451" align="alignnone" width="767"] Source: decemberboys.com.ua[/caption] Pull A Coin From Thin Air This trick requires a bit of practice, but this will totally wow any audience once the child has mastered it. Items Required: Gum Tape, Piece of Twig or Safety Pin, Few Books of Same Size, Coin How to Perform the Trick: Step 1 - Take 2 inches of sticky tape and stick one end to the edge of the coin. Step 2 - Place a piece of twig right at the center of the tape and fold the other end of the tape back to the coin. Step 3 - After your coin is constructed, put it in between the books allowing the tape to project outside. Step 4 - Show your audience that your hands are empty and then do a drum roll on the books. While doing this, pick up the coin with your index finger and middle finger. Step 5 – Using gravity flip the coin that’s in your hand to show as if you have picked the coin from thin air. [caption id="attachment_12450" align="alignnone" width="747"] Source: 7magicinc.com[/caption] Bend The Spoon  With this simple magic tricks for beginners, show your audience how you can bend a spoon just by using your bare hands. Items Required: Just a Spoon How to Perform the Trick: Step 1 - Hold the handle of the spoon with both your hands showing the audience as if you are putting a lot of pressure on the handle. Keep in mind not to let the thumb wrap the handle. Step 2 - Place the tip of the bowl against the table and pretend to put immense pressure. Push the hands down so that your audience can see the pressure. Step 3 - Let the spoon fall on the table while covering it up with your hands so that the audience doesn’t see what’s happening. Step 4 - Now that your magic is established, pretend to straighten the spoon. You can only run your hands over it and lift it up for your audience to witness the miracle. [caption id="attachment_12455" align="alignnone" width="600"] Source: thesprucecrafts.com[/caption] Locking Clips This magic trick is a good one for amateur magicians, all you need is a little bit of practice to get it right. Items Required: Two paper Clips and A Currency Note How to Perform the Trick: Step 1 - Fold a currency note into the shape of an "S" with three folds, putting a finger between each fold. Step 2 - Place the paper clips onto the note, with the first paper clip joining the top two parts of the note and the second paper clip joining the bottom two parts of the note. Step 3 - Gently pull the ends of the currency note and watch as the two paper clips slide together, join, and fly off the bill. [caption id="attachment_12456" align="alignnone" width="746"] Source: wikihow.com[/caption] Click here for Magic Shows through your screens.....Virtual Online Magic! Disappearing Pencil  Miraculously disappear a pencil using these basic magic tricks. Items Required: One Pencil and Table Top How to Perform the Trick: Step 1 - Hold a pencil with both your hands. Step 2 - Allow your audience to hold it to know it is an ordinary pencil. Step 3 - While it is concealed behind your fingers, move it towards you and in one quick, subtle movement allow it to fall off the table into your lap or hide it into your arms. Step 4 - Keep your hands as if the pencil is still there. Make a show of breaking or squashing the pencil. [caption id="attachment_12453" align="alignnone" width="720"] Source: momjunction.com[/caption]

What Is Art Therapy, And How Does It Work? Art has been an integral part of the human experience for thousands of years now with people relying on arts for expression, communication and healing. The artistic methods used to enhance mental health are known as art therapy. It is an artistic method to enhance a person’s physical, psychological and mental well-being. Earlier it was used mainly by mental health practitioners, but now it has moved outside of mental health facilities into other community settings such as schools, shelters homes, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and halfway homes. Various studies have found that individuals living with mental illness often expressed themselves better with drawings and other artworks, which led to many doctors exploring the use of art as a healing strategy. You don’t need to be an artist to receive the benefits of this therapy. There are professional therapists who are trained to conduct these sessions, which is suitable for people of all ages. Just like any other therapy, this is also a therapeutic process used to improve one’s self-esteem and resolve other psychological conflicts. 6 Benefits of Art Therapy Art therapy has the ability to open up emotions that you have been holding back. Studies published in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association in 2016, shows that less than an hour of creative activity can reduce your stress and have positive effects on your mental health. Through these different types of art therapy, people have started discovering something about themselves they didn’t know before. Here let us take a look at some of the important pieces of this healing process. Stress Relief Fighting anxiety, depression or emotional trauma is very stressful, both mentally and physically. It helps to relieve stress, anxiety and relaxes your mind and body. [caption id="attachment_11164" align="alignnone" width="300"] Types of Art therapies that can help you reduce stress Source: medicalnewstoday.com[/caption] Stress Relief Fighting anxiety, depression or emotional trauma is very stressful, both mentally and physically. It helps to relieve stress, anxiety and relaxes your mind and body. Self-discovery It helps to recognize feelings that have been lurking in your subconscious mind. It forces you to notice these feelings and work on them. Communication Skills For those who struggle with sharing their thoughts and feelings, this creative expression therapy can help foster self-expression. It can also help in developing skills to reach out and connect with others. Build Self-Esteem It helps build the confidence needed to tackle life events. This will give you a feeling of self-accomplishment which can be very valuable to improve your confidence. Positive Approach It can encourage positivity in people’s lives. Behavioural therapy helps people to focus on positive things while keeping their minds off negative thoughts. Emotional Release The greatest benefit of art therapy is letting go of all your feelings and fears. This therapy allows complex emotions such as sadness or anger to be released and decreases levels of depression. It has been observed that art therapy for depression and anxiety is at an all-time high during the pandemic. General Understanding About What Happens During An Art Therapy Session Art is a powerful tool for emotional outlet and this is why it’s very important to have a qualified art therapist to gain maximum benefits from this art therapy counselling. There are no fixed steps in art therapy sessions; this may vary from person to person. Your first session will basically be getting to know each other, building a relationship between the therapist and patients. Together, you will come up with a treatment plan to work on. Your therapist may suggest a few themes to begin exploring through drawing, painting, collage, music therapy or another medium that you are comfortable with. However, data shows that 36.8% of treatment programs offered art therapy and 14.7% of programs offered music therapy with 11.7% using both. Your therapist may simply observe while you are at work and may ask about your experience and feel when you have finished a piece of artwork or sometimes while you are still working on it. The focus will be more on the process rather than creating a finished art product.  Types of Art Therapy Activities There are many simple art therapy techniques; however, here we will focus on some of the most popular forms of therapy that are used in therapy sessions. Painting Painting techniques of art therapy are probably the most limitless ones. Creating images on a blank canvas using acrylic paints, watercolours, spray painting, mandala therapy and more. It gives you a great sense of freedom by allowing you to draw whatever comes to your mind. You can explore and express your emotions by bringing out the creative side in you. Paint supplies and techniques may not be familiar to many of the clients; however, your therapist can make this a little easier for you by assigning exercises and giving clues on what your drawing can be based on. [caption id="attachment_11165" align="alignnone" width="300"] different types of art therapy that can leave you relaxed Source: pinotspalette.com[/caption] Collage This therapy is considered a safe way to express thoughts and feelings compared to painting as it focuses less on invention and more on construction. This is ideal for clients who are having difficulty starting tasks and making decisions. Collage involves cutting and sticking various different materials such as photographs and pieces of paper that best express how you feel. Art supplies include patterned papers, magazines, stamps, brayers, and adhesive. Additional supplies like pens, pencils and paints can also be used to add other important expressions to complete the picture. [caption id="attachment_11163" align="alignnone" width="300"] Therapy for you to relax Source: pinterest.com[/caption] Photography The current favorite techniques of this therapy among clients are Photography therapy that allows the client to incorporate memories, past images and the digital manipulation of those images. For those who are not keen on drawing or painting, photography can be a great option. Clients can use photos from their lives to help stimulate memories such as, people who you love, things you are thankful for, or just things that you like or find pleasing. Supplies include a digital camera, a Smartphone or old photographs. Photos can be transformed with more therapy techniques or using digital technology. Your therapist can help you figure out the best for you. [caption id="attachment_11166" align="alignnone" width="300"] Therapy for your mind Source: micheleconklin.com[/caption] Sculpture It is also known as family sculpting as this therapy typically involves family members using clay modelling to make statues of each other. The main benefit of sculpture is that it shows the client that situations are multi-dimensional and can be approached from different points of view. Supplies used are modelling clay and carving tools to form a sculpture of their loved ones. Generally, married couples, parents with their children attend these sessions together with a therapist to create sculptures using a set of instructions. This technique helps the therapist to gain insight into the family’s dynamics in order to assist them through therapy. [caption id="attachment_11167" align="alignnone" width="300"] Therapy for mind[/caption] Source: pinterest.ca Check out the nine cardinal human emotions here on Cece Streams. Writing Writing therapy is effective in reducing stress, improving health and increasing positivity. These types of art therapy activities involve the client writing in a journal and then creating art on top of the journal as a way of letting go of the content in the writing. Supplies required are pen, paper or general art supplies depending on how the client incorporates writing into their project. Using writing in this therapy can help the client bring together their overall thoughts and feelings about a particular issue. [caption id="attachment_11168" align="alignnone" width="300"] Relax yourself with these tips for art therapies Source: arttherapyresources.com.au[/caption] Art Therapy For Kids – Can They Benefit From This? It is one of the safest ways for children to express their feelings and emotions. Kids who have trouble expressing their thoughts and feelings through verbal communication use art to display what they feel. Often it helps kids express things that they are afraid to speak out loud. It indicates the child’s mental state, perception, general awareness, mood and other issues. From practice and experiences the art therapists feel that children have always shown thrill and excitement when art tools are used during therapy sessions. This kind of creative therapy has become popular as it improves the child’s growth and development, especially for children with disorders or special needs. Art therapy for kids is a form of expression not only of the conscious mind but also for the subconscious mind.  You don’t necessarily have to see a therapist to experience some of these art therapies. These different types of art therapies can be tried from the comfort of your home too through art therapy online classes or art therapy books. It doesn’t matter which art therapy course you choose, the only thing that matters is that one should feel comfortable doing it.   FAQ’s On Art Therapy Q: What art therapy can help with?  A: Art therapy helps in expressing feelings and treating issues such as depression, anxiety, stress and even some phobias. Q: How art therapy helps ease pain? A: It helps lower the perception of pain by moving your mental focus away from the painful stimulus. Q: Who can use art therapy? A: From Adults to children, anyone who is seeking emotional, creative or spiritual growth can use art therapy. Q: What are the disadvantages of art therapy? A: There are no known disadvantages of art therapy, but it may be harmful if the therapist is not skilled. Q: Who are art therapists? A: An art therapist is a mental health professional who has a deep knowledge of the human mind and body. He uses different creative processes to improve the mental and emotional well-being of people.  

A cocktail is a mixed drink typically made with a distilled liquor such as brandy, gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, etc. as its base ingredient that is then mixed with other ingredients or garnishments. Cocktails also contain one or more types of juice, fruit, honey, milk, spices, or other flavourings. Ingredients of cocktails vary from bartender to bartender and from region to region and there is a large variety to choose from. Some of the 10 most popular cocktails that you must try are listed below just for you though you will eventually come to know that like ingredients of cocktails, its popularity listing also differs from region to region.    Here Are 10 Of The Most Popular Cocktails Margarita One of the most popular cocktail Margarita is a simple mixture of tequila, triple sec, orange liqueur, and lime juice which is often blended with ice but you can have it on the rocks as traditionally -. Some bartenders may also offer you various fruity versions, such as raspberry, peach, or strawberry in place of the traditional lime juice. So sip slowly this marvellous cocktail in a salt-rimmed glass and enjoy.     Mojito Another popular cocktail that compliments summer perfectly with a fresh minty taste and relatively low alcohol content that should be part of your dinner date is Mojito. Mojito is a mixture of white rum, mint, lime juice, white sugar, and soda water dashed with ice. You can ask the bartender to replace soda water with sprite or 7-up to try a variant. To get an enhanced minty flavour always crush the mint leaves instead of just dicing them to unlock the oils.     Cosmopolitan If you are a vodka drinker go for Cosmopolitan, which is a tangy concoction of vodka, Cointreau triple sec, lime juice, and cranberry juice garnished with a lemon twist. You will love the clean and slightly tart taste on your palate making it one of the most popular cocktails.     Mai Tai ‘Mai Tai’ which means “the best—out of this world” in Tahitian is one of the most famous -cocktails in the world. You will surely love Mai Tai which is a rum-based cocktail with light and dark rums, almond syrup, pineapple juice, triple sec, and fresh lime juice. You will not forget the smooth taste of this quintessential cocktail in Tiki culture but be prepared for a serious punch due to all the alcohol content in it.     Pina Colada The name Pina Colada in Spanish literally means “strained pineapple”. Because of the use of fresh pineapple juice in preparation, it is a popular summer cocktail that you can also enjoy as a mocktail. The cocktail is made with white rum, cream of coconut or coconut milk, and pineapple juice served either blended or shaken with ice. In the mocktail, rum is not added making it a kid-friendly drink that is healthy as well as filling. So when you are out with your children for eat-out Pina Colada will be an excellent choice.     Mint Julep If you are looking for a simple yet refined cocktail then go for Mint Julep, which is a concoction -of Bourbon, a little bit of water, powdered and granulated sugar, and plenty of mint in crushed ice. The Mint Julep is traditionally served in silver or pewter cups and held by the handle or rim so the cup maintains optimum forth. With a balance of sweet, smoky, and herbal flavors the Mint Julep is such a favorite cocktail that you definitely would not like to miss.     Long Island Iced Tea Do not be surprised, it's not iced tea but a type of cocktail typically made with vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin, and a splash of cola, which gives this popular cocktail an amber color just as iced tea. Long Island Ice tea is said to be the ultimate party cocktail with the right amount of punch to satisfy your moods. So serve this fabulous cocktail the next time you organize a party and you are sure to get a lot of appreciation.     Apple Martini Apple martini also called ‘Appletini’ is a sweet and delicious cocktail with a vodka base and one or more of apple juice, cider, apple liqueur, or apple brandy. There are many variations of this very popular cocktail. Whether you are looking for a sweet-and-sour electric green cocktail or one with a true apple flavor, there is an apple martini just to fit your taste. These tasty Apple Martinis are perfect for a little rest and relaxation. So go for it when you just want to chill.     Caipirinha Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail very popular all over the world. It is made with cachaca (sugarcane hard liquor), sugar, and lime, prepared by first mixing the fruit and sugar then adding the liquor with a dash of club soda. If you do not have Cachaca you can substitute it with white rum or vodka. A favorite summertime cocktail, the Caipirinha is one of the most refreshing cocktails you can mix up. If you have not tried Caipirinha, why wait, go ahead and enjoy. An added benefit is, one of these most popular cocktails serves as a tonic for the common cold, yes, this one!   [caption id="attachment_10316" align="alignnone" width="1260"] Image Source: epicurious.com[/caption]   The Old Fashioned The Old Fashioned is timeless and the most popular cocktail in the world that you should not miss trying. It is one of the oldest cocktails, developed during the 19th century. The Old fashioned is made by muddling sugar with Angostura aromatic bitters and water, adding whiskey or brandy, rum, or any number of spirits, and garnishing the drink with an orange slice. The Old Fashioned is one of the best ways to dress up your favorite whiskey without significantly altering the taste. So enjoy this simple classic and take my word, you will want to go for it more and more.   [caption id="attachment_10317" align="alignnone" width="600"] Image Source:thewhiskypedia.com[/caption]   Mix at home!!! You can always find your own favourite cocktail at the bar but why not fix your cocktail in the comfort of your home. You are sure to have a very personal experience in fixing your drink and at the same time enjoy the good times with your family and friends. Have a favourite that we missed out on? Let us know in the comments below.   

The acrylic painting techniques was adopted by many modern painters since its appearance in 1940 and is one of the most popular painting media in the world today. It is an all-time favorite because of its versatility - offering the artist a wide range of textures, and colors, easily mixable, and can mimic other paints. Today, acrylic rules the canvas more than oil paint or watercolors because, unlike oil paint, it doesn't crack, and unlike watercolors, it doesn't fade. There are astonishing numerous ways of using them either straight from a tube or by thinning with water, the possibilities are practically endless. Here let’s take a look at some acrylic painting techniques so that you can get a feel for what you can do with them. Check out these famous paintings by great artists from around the world Acrylic Painting Techniques To Give Birth To Your Creativity! Dry Brushing As the name suggests, simply apply undiluted paint onto your canvas with a dry brush. This will create a strong current of color on the page with rough, scratchy unrefined edges. With this acrylic painting technique, you can easily produce distinct strokes. The effects will be uneven as water is not added to dilute the paint. [caption id="attachment_11684" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: discountartncraftwarehouse.com[/caption] Stippling This acrylic painting technique uses the head of the brush onto the surface in a repetitive dabbing motion to create this effect. The goal is to put tiny dots or strokes very close to create a compelling scene with subtle variations in color. The boldness and proximity of the strokes can be adjusted accordingly to bring out the warmth of acrylic colors. [caption id="attachment_11691" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: pinterest.com[/caption] Washing Dilute the paint with water to create an effect that resembles a watercolor painting. However, unlike watercolor, acrylic paint will set permanently. The washing technique makes your acrylic colors more translucent which creates thinner and softer washes. Just by adding a little water to your acrylic paints, you can experiment to get different effects. [caption id="attachment_11692" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: indianartideas.in[/caption] Learn to sketch and paint an urban landscape using the gouache technique Splattering Mix up some acrylic colors of your choice into a thin consistency so they are ready to be splattered. Wet your brush in water, before dipping it into the paint, and splatter your soaked brush onto the canvas. This acrylic painting technique is messy but at the same time fun. It is not all about precision, experimenting is also a must while painting with acrylics. [caption id="attachment_11690" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: artfulparent.com[/caption] Pouring If you have no idea about acrylic painting, then start out with this technique. The pouring technique is simple to execute and allows you to create some stunning pieces of abstract art. Choose the colors you’d like to use and mix them separately.  Use a thinning agent to make them easily flowing and permissive to work with. When ready, start pouring your colors individually onto the canvas and guide the paint around the canvas. [caption id="attachment_11689" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: lifestyleasia.com[/caption] Learn more about paint-pouring techniques with Cece Streams Dabbing The dabbing effect can be achieved by using the corner of a sponge, stiff bristle brush or paper towel. You literally dab paint on your canvas to give texture and movement to a piece. Generally in this acrylic painting technique, paint is dabbed with light or fast pressure to capture the texture and movement of trees, bushes or greenery. This skill has been used by artists for ages. [caption id="attachment_11682" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: pixels.com[/caption] Palette Knife Applying paint with a palette knife makes you feel like an artist instantly. This technique might look advanced, but it is accessible even to beginners. Use a palette knife to scrape up a bit of paint and apply it on the canvas like spreading butter on bread to create a great texture. Start with a single color and use multiple colors when you get the hang of it. [caption id="attachment_11688" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: parkwestgallery.com[/caption] Detailing This technique is used to add intricate detail to your paintings. A fine detailing brush that is moderately wet is used to apply details to your painting. Carefully touch different aspects of your art to highlight elements by creating thin, soft strokes. These sharp edges and fine lines leave a lasting impression on one’s mind. [caption id="attachment_11683" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: wallpaperup.com[/caption] Learn to Paint Monochrome Watercolor Florals Layering Layering is widely used to add more dimension to your painting. With this technique, you build your painting by adding washes of colors and improving your scope to blend colors seamlessly. Unlike watercolor, acrylics dry quickly, so you can layer without pulling or mixing any color underneath. Acrylic paint can be applied over or under any other layer, whether still wet or already dry. [caption id="attachment_11686" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: instructables.com[/caption] Glazing This acrylic painting technique helps to improve the light and life of your paintings. A glaze is a thin, translucent film mixed with acrylic paint to create a rich, luminous hue and texture of the surface. By applying a transparent layer of glaze over another layer of opaque paint, you can create a unique, stained-glass effect. [caption id="attachment_11685" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Source: justpaint.org[/caption] Acrylic Painting Tips Before You Get Started Now that you know so many acrylic painting techniques, you must be eager to grab a brush and create your own masterpiece. To get you started we have listed below a few simple acrylic painting tips to improve your skills and enjoy the process. 1.       Use synthetic bristle brushes which give a nice smooth finish and are durable too. 2.       For best results use thin brushes with long bristles to emphasize the edges of the painting. 3.       Acrylic paint tends to dry fast, so it’s important to develop a quick painting habit. 4.       Use a color wheel as it gives you a preview of what happens when you mix two colors. 5.       Don’t cut back on the paint; lay it on thick to achieve the effects and vibrancy. 6.       Mist your pallet with a spray bottle to stop them from drying. 7.       Take care of your brushes, and clean them well after each use. 8.       Keep two jars of water nearby; one for cleaning your brushes and one to dip your brush when thinning the paint. Illustrate Still-Life Daily Objects! (Intermediate Level) Hope this article has inspired you to portray your creativity and create your own masterpiece. Pick up a set of acrylic paints to understand this wonderfully versatile and rewarding medium.

If you want to dive into the world of performance as a performer or even a viewer you will not be disappointed because it’s a world filled with excitement and activities that would blow your mind. Performance art is a form of art that involves an artist in executing their art through actions. The artist uses their own face body and presence to exhibit this art to their audience. The performing arts range from vocal and instrumental music, dance, and theatre to pantomime, sung verse, and beyond. Performing arts is known to include expressions from various cultures that reflect creativity brought down from various generations. Performing arts involve using facial expressions, voice, and body language to communicate a creative fabrication. The major types of performing arts include music, opera, dance, drama, and spoken words. Cece Streams Offer You Some Of The Great Experiences That Will Blow Your Mind Types Of Performance Arts To Look Out For  Music Music is perhaps the most universal form of performance art out there. It has the ability to connect people from different walks of life as well from different parts of the world. It can be found in the most diverse contexts: sacred or profane, classical or popular, closely connected to work or entertainment. It’s a performance that utilizes the medium of silence and sound. The common elements of music include rhythm, pitch, dynamics, timbre, and texture. The performance, creation, significance, and definition of this art depend on the social context and culture. There are various genres of music that are enjoyed by people from different generations and introducing the people in your lives to the music you like is also the best way to socially connect.  [caption id="attachment_11740" align="alignnone" width="300"] performing arts centre[/caption] Dance Though complex dance can be simply defined as the art of ordered bodily movements to music. It is also a way to describe non-verbal situations between humans and certain animals. The art of dance through the use of body language and movements attempts to convey emotion, stories, and character tendencies Dance is categorized and described by its choreography, its repertoire of movements, or by its historical period or place of origin. There are also various types of performances in the world of dance One being a theatrical dance that has the primary aim to be a spectacle and is performed on a stage by dancers who have had years to master their craft.  It often tells a story, perhaps using mime, costume, and scenery, or just interpreting the musical accompaniment. Participatory dance, on the other hand, s undertaken primarily for a common purpose, such as social interaction or exercise, or building flexibility of participants rather than to serve any benefit to the onlooker. Over the years dance has evolved to various styles like ballet, break-dancing, and krumping which not only involves usage of the human body kinetics and flexibility but also physics. [caption id="attachment_11741" align="alignnone" width="300"] what is performing arts[/caption] Drama  Originating from the Greek word “drao” meaning action, Drama is a branch of performing art that is concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience. It's an art that uses speech, movements, gesture, music, dance, sound, and spectacle, it can be said that when it comes to performance art dance covers all the bases. The structure of the text for dramas is usually influenced by collective reception and collaborative production. Traditional theatre performances usually combine acting, singing, dance and music, dialogue, narration, or recitation but may also include puppetry or pantomime. From the Shakespearean era, drama and theatre have been a popular way of entertainment and this form of performance art lives on. Theatre is was gave birth to masterpieces like classical Athenian tragedy, "Oedipus the King" of Sophocles, and "Hamlet" of William Shakespeare. [caption id="attachment_11739" align="alignnone" width="300"] Performing art forms[/caption] Spoken Word  Spoken word refers to oral poetic performance art that is based mainly on the poem as well as the performer's aesthetic qualities. Spoken word is a "catchall" term that includes any kind of poetry recited aloud, including poetry readings, poetry slams, jazz poetry, and hip-hop music. It is often used as a form of entertainment that involves works that are intended to be performed by an individual who speaks by himself. Spoken word has been around for many years, long before the process of writing, poetry is primarily oral utterance. Poetry, like music, appeals to the ear, an effect known as euphony or onomatopoeia, a device to represent a thing or action by a word that imitates sound. In entertainment, spoken word performances consist of poetry, storytelling, or speeches. Experience A New Form Of Entertainment Performance art transports you to a world filled with cultural aspects and years of heritage and entertains you in a way that will not only be memorable but would make you want to attend events again and again. Indulging in such activities allow you to explore your inner artist as well as lead you to a way you can positively express yourself. Whether you enjoy dance, some amazing music, or just wish to experience theatre there are events that happen on the daily. Also, if you wish to take a break from the regular form of entertainment, why not dive into some amazing performance art.  FAQ’S Related To Performing Arts  What is live art performance? Live art refers to performances or events undertaken or staged by an artist or a group of artists as a work of art, usually innovative and exploratory in nature. The term is mainly used to refer to performance art, action art and their precursor happenings, together with later developments of performance since the 1960s. Live art may also refer to art using living animals or plants.  What are the benefits of getting a performing arts degree? In many findings, researchers are linking the study of performing arts to better child development and higher academic achievement. Alongside physical education, the performing arts assist youngsters with body control, focus and fitness, encouraging high-quality lifestyle choices and assisting to inculcate the habits of fitness and wellbeing. What are the 3 major categories of performing arts? The performing arts are arts such as music, dance, and drama which are performed for an audience. What is the importance of performing arts in education? If performance arts are in the curriculum are made an integral part of the education, it would provide students with the opportunity to engage the mind, the body, and emotions. Through their performance, students can explore and express great themes and ideas. Such activities also allow students to develop their self-confidence.  What are the quality and elements of performing arts? A defining characteristic of Performance Art is the body, considered the primary MEDIUM and conceptual material on which Performance Art is based. The four basic elements that are involved in performing arts are time, space, body, presence of the artist, and the relation between the creator and the public.      

Whether it's watching or actually doing the activity, dancing is enjoyed by people of all ages. There is something about moving along to some groovy beats that seem to take all your troubles away. Whether you flaunt your every move on the dance floor or sway to your favourite songs in the car, dance is an activity that never fails to put a smile on anyone's face. But what we may not know is that dance not only puts a smile on your face but it can also improve physical and mental health. With so many dance styles out there, you can choose any that is sure to help improve not only your physical health but your mental health as well with the benefits of dancing. Let's Talk About The Benefits Of Dancing Increase strength and overall health – Dancing is a physical activity, so naturally, it assists in strengthening your bones and muscles. With an increase in strength, you will have more energy, and the more energy you have the more you will dance and the better your health will be. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. Increased levels of physical activity can keep sugar levels in control, prevent high blood and heart disease. There is also reduce risk of osteoporosis as your bones become get stronger.  Boosts your memory According to a study in The New England Journal, dancing may boost your memory and prevent dementia as you grow older. Other research suggests that dance can help create new connections between brain regions that are responsible for long-term memory and executive function. Dancing engages kinesthetic, rational, musical, and emotional brain functions at the same time and this can increase your neural activity. An increase in neural activity boots your retention capabilities helping to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s as well.  Improved Flexibility Lack of movement or performing only the same activities can lead to stiffness which can lead to discomfort and eventually an injury. Dancers are encouraged to stretch before and after dancing to avoid injury and dance freely. Continuous stretching over time helps your body create long lines and permanently lengthen your muscles which will assist in increasing your flexibility. One study found that cross-country skiers who received months of dance training showed improvements in joint mobility and muscle flexibility of the spine, as well as their speed and agility. Increased Balance One of the reasons dance is such a great form of physical fitness is because it incorporates movements on all planes of motion and from all directions. This movement on all planes conditions all muscles improving your balance. Dancers over the age of 80 have claimed that social dancing helped improve balance and walking speed, as well as contributing to a more stable walking pattern. According to a study in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity,  tango dancing can improve balance in ageing adults. Dancing requires a lot of fast movement and good posture, so frequent dancing will help you stabilize and gain better control of your body. Enhance cardiovascular health Research has found that regular moderate-intensity dancing is associated with a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease. Dancing increases stamina, allowing your heart rate to be steadier and promote heart health. With a steady heart rate and increase in stamina, your lungs will also get stronger as you will not experience breathlessness. Professional ballroom dancer and certified personal trainer, Leon Turetsky says that all styles of dance make for great cardio workouts since your heart rate gets challenged from executing the different moves. Reduce Stress Dance is expressive and allows you to escape or let loose in a way that’s usually out-of-bounds in adulthood and this can be a mood enhancement helping you to reduce stress. Various studies have suggested that dance therapy might also reduce depressions and psychological stress. Dancing to your favourite music can help you focus strictly on the moment you are in and aid in reducing the amount of cortisol your brain produces lowering your stress and tension levels. Reduces Depression Dance can be a very therapeutic and healthy way for people to channel their feelings. Dance can give you an outlet for your emotions by using music or movements that you connect to while in a positive environment. Dancing lift your spirits, according to a study that tested the benefits of dancing on people with depression. Patients who participated in an upbeat group dance showed the fewest depression symptoms and the most vitality. Weight Loss An exercise form of dancing is as helpful for weight loss as aerobics, cycling, and jogging. According to the American Diabetes Association, aerobic exercise can support weight loss or maintenance. Dancing utilizes multiple muscle groups at the same time, helping to tone your entire body. Isn't this one of the best benefits of dancing? Boost your confidence Dancing is a great way to meet new friends and improves your social outlook and interacting with people is one of the best ways to improve morale and instil confidence. Any type of exercise helps boost self-esteem but something about mastering new choreography or pulling off a new move makes you feel like you are on top of the world.  Great Fun with Great Benefits  Dancing is a fun way to keep healthy. It is known to be good for the mind and body. The best part about dancing and benefits of dancing. is that it's fun. It doesn’t feel like exercise and it's perfect for someone who doesn’t wish to have a gym routine. So what are you waiting for, put on your dancing shoes and shake them up!

Whether you are a city dweller or living in the peaceful county side, chances are you would have looked up in the starry night and been in awe of the marvel of the sky. Even though you are unaware of what you are looking at, it can be a wonderful stargazing experience. Everyone can enjoy astronomy just by stepping outside on a clear night. These tips will help you make the most of the night sky and start your own exploration of our amazing universe. Preparation Is Key Make sure you are dressed properly. You will be spending hours outside, an hour at the least, and the starry sky can be mesmerizing and the time will fly, and nights can be chilly even in summer. So make sure you have a warm jacket, socks and hat is a must.  A blanket and a mat are minimal for a comfortable experience because laying down and sitting comfortably are key to having a good stargazing experience and if you are planning to stay longer why not pack a few snacks and some hot chocolate would be divine. It's also good to check the weather forecast to avoid cloudy skies and miss the stars. Choose An Ideal Spot To have an excellent view of the starry night, you need to be in the perfect spot. If you live in the city, the higher your spot is the better mainly to avoid buildings from obstructing your view. Ideally, a spot away from the city would be better because light pollution coming from nearby streetlights, pubs, shops, and factories, and neighbours’ security lights, can take even more of your view away. Leave the city for a dark spot in the countryside or if you can find a park in your city. If these are not ideal for you, stargazing from a balcony or your terrace is also ideal. Dark Adaptation Dark adaptation is a process that astronomers call the process of allowing your eyes to adjust to the darkness. After your eyes have relaxed, opened up their pupils to take account of the reduced light levels, and released special chemicals to enhance their sensitivity, you won’t believe how many more stars you can see than when you first arrived. Keep in my that browsing on your phone while you wait will ruin your night vision, so avoid doing it. Use A Chart You may find tons of information on the internet about stars, but to be able to have a good stargazing experience you need to print out a map. We suggest you start with charts that cater to beginners and then eventually move on to the complicated ones and each one presents something interesting to spot in that night’s sky. Charts can be old school and came up before there were apps on it, but when it comes to stargazing old school is the way to go. Don’t Invest In A Telescope For beginners, a pair of good binoculars is enough. You can view the moon and some patterns in the sky. You can view the Big Dipper and the Milky Way, and check out any hazy patches in the night sky. These hazy patches do have actually have names and can be viewed better through a telescope. A telescope is best for objects like planets, galaxies, and nebulae. Observe Patterns Stargazers learn about constellations by finding a noticeable pattern and then they notice another pattern nearby. And using that they build outward, going from stars and patterns they know to new ones. Some of these noticeable patterns are the same ones our ancestors noticed while sitting around a campfire telling stories and these ended up being passed down. Marvel At The Moon Earth’s companion moon is visible from city streets, suburban decks, and wide-open rural pastures, it's what connects you to everybody in the universe. The Moon’s features cast more impressive shadows and are hence easier to pick out when they’re close to the ‘terminator’ – the dividing line between the Moon’s dark and illuminated portions. The moon’s orbit around Earth is regular and predictable. So the moon waxes and wanes in our sky in a way that’s about as satisfyingly regular and predictable as anything on Earth can be. Look Up At The Sky When You Can Most of us go through life without looking up in the sky. We are so accustomed to looking straight in life we tend to miss out on the glory of the night sky. So next time you have a chance why not take a break and observe the night sky, or why just the starry sky observe the sky in general and gaze towards the sunrise horizon More Such Experiences Are Awaiting For You On Cece Download An App Stargazing apps can be a great way to familiarise yourself with the positions of the stars and planets. You’ll need to make sure you turn your screen brightness right down to keep your night vision or turn on the app’s red screen filter if it has one It's For Everyone Stargazing is something that can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you are looking to spend some time with your family or for a romantic evening stargazing is perfect. If you are a person with a sense of wonder, or what to see things beyond what's visible stargazing would be a perfect hobby.  

The list of experiential gifts with the best trips you could go on, classes you could take, and restaurants to try which worked before  2020, may not be exactly feasible today. And while many things have reopened in some form or fashion, it’s understandable if you or your loved ones are still limiting your interactions with the outside world. The downtown time we have all experienced has led to a plethora of digital experiences that can be delivered to your home with a  click of a button. Whether you live in separate states or are practising social distancing and since you may not be able to celebrate with your loved ones in real life knowing how to give a good virtual gift has become a key life skill. Also if you are a person who last-minute gift buyer, gifting an experience instead of a last-minute gift.  Let’s look at the best virtual experiences you can gift your loved ones.  A Streaming Service Membership No one is going to be disappointed with a streaming subscription, especially since these days that’s how we are entertaining ourselves at home. Gifting a streaming service membership means your loved ones will never be without a TV show or a movie. If you're gifting to someone who already has the classics like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+, consider a newer or more niche streaming service like Discovery Plus.      A Meditation Subscription Give the gift of calm to your loved ones to help them cope with everything that’s going on in their lives, through a meditation app. There are various apps these days, they have hundreds of guided meditations for everything from stress and anxiety to sleep. With all that’s happening in the world, anyone would be grateful to receive a gift that helps them in achieving zen.      A Heartfelt Card Notes have always been known to have a sentimental meaning. They always have a personal touch and make the receiver feel special. With the advent of the digital age and email and phone calls being the most common means of communication, a personalized note is a gift that will stand out. Services like Postable allow you to send mail through your phone. Just pick a card, write a message, and Postable will send your recipients a request to input their mailing address and then handle the shipping for you.     A Masterclass If people on your list would like to become an expert in anything a Masterclass will make a perfect gift for them. The star-studded lecture series has been offering a variety of courses taught by successful actors, singers, athletes, mixologists, and many more. The courses are of 12 to 20-minute durations and cover a variety of topics as the instructor moves ahead. Whether your pal wants to learn some acting skills from Natalie Portman or take a beginner cooking lesson from famous Chef Gordon Ramsay, the Master class has it all.    [caption id="attachment_10324" align="alignnone" width="850"] Image Source: shiftedmag.com[/caption]   Home Workouts There might be a stigma around fitness-related gifts as people may take it as an insult. But this gift is ideal for a friend who is missing her in-person training session or that high-intensity training at the gym. Various apps and websites have tailor-made sessions to cater to one's fitness goals.    [caption id="attachment_10325" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Image Source: thenytimes[/caption]   Make-up Subscriptions If have a friend or a loved one who loves keeping up with make-up trends and is obsessed with experimenting with looks they are a great candidate for a beauty subscription box. These subscriptions let their recipients experience new exciting products every month. These can range from mid-range to luxurious products as well. The products in these subscriptions are also vetted by experts and have step-by-step instructions on how to use the products.      A Private Cooking Lesson For the person who wishes to improve their cooking skills or just try a hand at cooking a private cooking lesson is a perfect back. It's like inviting a chef to your kitchen but virtually. These lessons can either be over Skype or even Zoom. The private lessons are taught by pros and they cover a variety of dishes.     A Spotify Membership We all know the ad’s in between enjoy your playlist can a tad be annoying. But none of us ever invest in getting the subscription or it just slips our mind. So appeal to someone’s musical side by gifting a Spotify membership.      A Book Subscription We all know a book worm and what better way to delight them with a book subscription. Companies like The Big Book Box curate books and goodies with a new theme every month. And these are a surprise so you would never know what you are getting making the experience more magical.  A Message From Their Favourite Celeb Cameo is an online service that allows you to buy personalized shout-outs from celebs and reality stars. The company has a roster of thousands of athletes, comedians, and personalities to choose from, including Debra Messing, Billy Porter, and tons of other celebrities The stars set their own price per message, and you can request exactly what they say in their video. A Care Package Subscription When it comes to wellness there’s nothing better than a monthly delivery chock-full of healthy, helpful items to boost your well-being. Care packages include carefully curated items intended to help take care of yourself emotionally, mentally, and physically. One can also expect a mix of tips, activities, and gifts that promote mindfulness, creativity, and movement.  If you are doing some last-minute Christmas shopping or giving a gift to a loved one who you cannot meet personally, a virtual experience is the way to go. These are also curated in such a way that makes them personal. So gift an experience to someone rather than just a  gift card. Happy Shopping!!