What is Art Therapy?
According to Psychology Today, “Art therapy involves the use of creative techniques such as drawing, painting, collage, coloring, or sculpting to help people express themselves artistically and examine the psychological and emotional undertones in their art”.
Art therapy can also be the use of any creative outlet for therapeutic purposes, outside of a psychologists’ office. Sometimes creativity comes in the form of your work or your hobby and sometimes creative outlets aren’t employed at all. When life gets busy, what’s the first thing to go? Often your personal health, and that includes taking care of your mental health. If this sounds like you, now may be the perfect time to start putting your health centerstage.
For those who regularly employ creative hobbies like playing an instrument, painting or knitting, studies have shown that after participating in these types of activities, people feel happier, calmer and have increased energy. Is it just us or does that sound like a winning combination? You get to create something original and leave feeling great.
That is more than enough reason to take a step toward finding your own creative endeavor. Whether it be jewelry making with Facet Jewelry Box, creative writing, or dancing, make a promise to yourself this year to put your mental health first and your creativity on show. You’ll feel great and learn a new skill in the process. We’ve included a brief list of other ways you can increase your creativity and mental wellness.
Ways to Increase Creativity and Mental Wellness
Meditation has a host of believers who use it daily as a kickoff point for starting a productive day. It has also been noted that meditating can help improve creativity by clearing your mind of mental clutter to help you better focus and create with clear direction.
Journaling is often used as a way to divulge anxieties and frustrations, but it can also be used as a tool to practice gratitude. Research has shown that practicing gratitude can improve everything from your relationships to your sleep to even easing depression.