Art therapy can help improve various mental and physical symptoms including, but not limited to, reducing pain, anxiety, and tension. It can be beneficial to those who have mental disorders, severe or light emotional abuse, cancer, post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), people who are bipolar, and a variety of other serious ailments. Art therapy is being used with children, adults with more severe mental health issues and veterans.
According to the American Art Therapy Association, the goal of art therapy is to use the creative process to restore client’s functioning and sense of personal well-being. It allows one to reflect deep within and express their feelings without having to do standard talk therapy. Some individuals have a difficult time talking about their trauma or feelings. Instead of the person keeping their emotions inside, this is an alternative approach where people feel more comfortable reviling their thoughts.
I personally use art daily to express my mood and thoughts. I find myself up in the early morning painting alone on our bottom floor where it is quite, peaceful and relaxing. While I paint, I may listen to some music or catch up on my favorite show. When I complete a piece, it instantly increases my self-esteem. I look at the masterpiece with pride and I’m always amazed by the fact I created something so beautiful.
Painting is my choice of art therapy. If you catch yourself doodling, coloring, crafting, or sketching, those are considered forms of art. You can analyze your art by focusing on the colors you are using. What do those colors express emotionally? I typically find myself looking up inspirations on the inte rnet and find something that speaks to me. It challenges me to recreate a similar design. I find blogging is a form of art therapy. Writing is artistic. Whether you write lyrics, short stories, poems or write in a diary, you are expressing yourself through art.
Art therapy has been beneficial to me, especially in the last 7 months. I had so much stress in my life. I started a new job, moved, got married, and became a step-mom in a short amount of time. I take the time to paint, almost daily, to cope with the stress and anxieties before I start my workday. I have posted several pieces of my art. My next step is to name them. I consider naming my art pieces as a form of therapy as well. My art is abstract, seldom is it concrete. It is open for interpretation and I LOVE that about art! My art speaks to me differently than it does others.
I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. Buy an adult coloring book and some nice crayons. Take time for yourself to color and create your own art. I posted some more pictures of art that I have completed this week. I have to say, these pieces are my best work. I find myself painting these days as a way to express my joy, love, and contentment with my life. I hope you enjoy looking through my artwork. Please feel free to comment on my art, what it looks like to you, and suggest some names.
I do have an Etsy shop, TfloydArt, where my pieces are available to purchase. I will admit, when someone buys a painting, it is hard to let it go. However, I know it is bringing joy to someone’s life. I have attached a link below and will post the art pieces I completed this morning!