All You Need To Know About Art Therapy And Emotional Wellness
Art therapy is defined as “a technique based on the idea that creative expression can promote healing and spiritual well-being”. The idea that your journey is more important than your destination because the focus is on the process of creating the artwork as opposed to the outcome. Research shows that art is a powerful medium for expressing feelings and emotions and for communicating where words are lacking.
What is the idea of art therapy?
Art therapy does not require one to have a background or experience in the arts. It’s about letting the person be and express without rules, boundaries or techniques. The idea is to connect with every scribble, stroke, line because everything has a meaning and message from the subconscious. Art connects eras, and although people have relied on it to express themselves and communicate for centuries, formal art therapy programs didn’t begin until 1940. The American Art Therapy Association recognized this creative approach as a therapeutic way to deal with mental illness.
Using art to communicate
Art is an escape in many ways and helps us communicate thoughts and feelings. For example, the moment we feel fear in that moment, we have art therapy instead of dealing with it in a way that can be harmful to you and your loved ones. Of course, empirical evidence lacks the direct benefits of art therapy for one’s emotional state, but evidence shows that it is widely accepted and used worldwide to not only treat, but also to treat people suffering from mental illness, disorders, and emotional distress help.
The benefits of art therapy include:
1. It helps to gain personal insight.
2. It enables a healthy handling of stress.
3. It enables coping with anxiety and depression.
4. It improves brain function by increasing serotonin levels.
5. It increases self-esteem and self-love.
Types of art therapies
There are different types of art therapies such as painting, photography, digital art, sculpture, working with clay, drawing, and color therapy. The basic idea remains the same: the cognitive focus is shifted from trauma to a creative process that supports healing.
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