Art Therapy and Mental Health


Creativity Serves Mental Growth - Art Therapy

Art therapy is a type of mental health discipline that uses artistic expression to enhance personal, mental, and physical well-being. It is built on the idea that the creative act of attempting to create art is intrinsically therapeutic and that it should be used as a means of self-expression and connotation.

Being artful can provide a fun and gratifying way to explore challenging emotions and thoughts like terror, depression, anger, and anxiety. This can also be a way to convey desire, appreciation, affection, and hope using the creative arts.

Benefits of Art Therapy

  • Decreases emotional disturbance and builds up emotional resilience
  • Positive improvements in mood and promotes self-esteem
  • Enhances quality of life improves communication
  • Boost mindfulness
  • Reduce stress in the workplace
  • Coping up skills of trauma victims
  • Boost up social skills
  • Nurture insights
  • Raises cognitive and sensory-motor functions
  • Help patients to cope up with the side effects of treatment
  • Boost up coping skill
  • Significant reduction in depression and anxiety in several studies

Art is a beautiful medium of self-expression. It happens to be a perfect psychological resource and activity for the extremely depressed or just the typical distressed soul, as psychotherapy does.

Art therapy became a recognized discipline by the 20th century, requiring education and training in art and therapy. Since then, art therapy has grown into other cultural settings such as colleges, hospitals, nursing homes, residential care centers, and halfway homes beyond mental health facilities.
Recent researches concluded the benefits of art therapy to address several physical health conditions as follows:
  • Helps in reducing pain and symptoms of stress; improve quality of life in adult cancer patients.
  • Improved capacity to cope with pain and other debilitating symptoms in kids with cancer.
  • In children with asthma, art therapy reduced stress and anxiety.
  • Stimulated cognitive activity of dementia-bearing older adults.
  • Depression reduction was observed in Parkinson's patients.
  • Some research and institutes suggest art therapy for people living with schizophrenia and other associated conditions.
  • In a study focused on children with epilepsy, art therapy is believed to increase social interactions.

Try out Art Therapy at home to lighten your mood

  • Play with clay. You will definitely enjoy it.
  • Draw your feelings
  • Practice mindfulness-based Art Therapy

Conclusion

COVID-19 pandemic has created a complex range of mental health issues between loneliness, work instability, and concerns about getting a meal on the plate. Although art therapy can't fix these particular issues, it's necessary to give a person space to process stress and anxiety. Art therapy allows people to communicate with others and know that they are not the only ones going through this difficult time.



 

 

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