How Art Can be Therapeutic

Creative healing can allow individuals to express themselves through any type of art. Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed and angry or full of happiness, you can reveal how you feel through your creations. Every now and then it is important to have 'me time' and take a moment to reflect upon yourself, your mindset and health, and how you can be a better version of yourself.

There are many health benefits from art therapy. Art can act as:

  • A stress reliever

  • It can enhance creativity

  • Help explore feelings and visualize emotion.   

  • Studies have shown that this form of therapy can be valuable in treating anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorders.

I was very involved within the art community in my high school. Since a young age, before the real life problems and stress from school kicked in, art was my outlet to express myself freely without feeling judged or feeling the pressure of having to explain myself to someone. Although college has me more overwhelmed than ever, when I get a little bit of free time I enjoy painting, sketching and crafting. It relaxes me and puts me in a peaceful and creative state of mind. From my own experience, I could say that art has been a positive way for me to decrease stress and clear my mind of any obstacles I may face and I highly recommend that others try it as well. 

Although this form of therapy can work for many, it might not be for all. I can’t stress enough how essential it is to take time to learn who you are and understand your interests so that you can find your niche. Everyone comes from different walks of life and faces dissimilar obstacles, so finding what personally fits you is a positive step forward.  Don’t ever feel limited to just drawing, there are various types of art expression that can be done using paint and a canvas, scrapbooking, DIY projects from Pinterest, sewing, ceramics and the list can go on forever. Also, don’t doubt your artistic abilities because someone else’s work may be more advanced, consistent practicing will help you improve your skill set.