Healing Power of Art

SKETCH of a BEAUTIFUL DRESS
—BRAINSTORMING WEDDING VOW RENEWAL DRESSES—

Art may be the very first healthy coping tool I ever used!

More specifically sketching. I first began sketching in middle school. It was never anything fancy. Cassette tape covers mostly. And whatever else tickled my fancy. But middle school was my first memory of full-on depression too.

As I got older, I continued turning to art throughout painful periods in my life. Though it wasn’t conscious or purposeful. It was just kind of a natural gravitation.

For me, there’s always been something about art that indirectly, but without fail, relieves mental anguish. Perhaps it’s the mindfulness required. Art demands that you stay in the moment. It commands your attention, at the very least distracting you from your worries.

It’s as if time stops.

But these therapeutic benefits are not only produced from sketching.

ANY Type of Art Is Healing & Beneficial to Psychological Well-Being.

For example, Painting, Playing an Instrument, Sculpting, Singing, Dancing, & Writing all contribute to mental health!

SKETCH of SELF
—SUPPOSED “SELF-PORTRAIT” FROM AN ART CLASS I TOOK—

The Healing Power of Art

In a critical review performed on previous research, it was found that art-based practices were of key benefit in psychological & social recovery, particularly in areas of self-discovery, self-expression, relationships, & social identity. The review concluded that art-based practices play a substantial role in mental health recovery. So much so that, the review states a demand for future research endeavors to integrate the suggested recommendations detailed in the review.

SKETCH of CANDLESTICK HOLDER
—UNFINISHED STILL LIFE I STARTED IN DESIGN SCHOOL—

ANYONE/EVERYONE Can Benefit from Art Therapy

Healing Power of ArtYou don’t have to be a self-proclaimed artist to receive art’s benefits. If you’re under pressure, struggling with difficult emotions, possess learning disabilities, or mental illness {for example}, art therapy is for you!

Art therapy aids in expressing & understanding emotions through artistic expression & the creative process. It increases awareness of self & others, promotes mindfulness, & enhances cognitive function.

I enjoy how the Art Therapy blog describes it:

“Art therapy can achieve different things for different people. It can be used for counseling by therapists, healing, treatment, rehabilitation, psychotherapy, and in the broad sense of the term, it can be used to massage one’s inner-self in a way that may provide the individual with a deeper understanding of him or herself.”

It kind of bums me out that I don’t really sketch anymore. But I’m using my creative juices in other ways now. . .  ways I’ve never used them before. Plus, between blogging & now homeschooling I’m also learning everyday. There’s only so much time in a day. And let me tell you, it always feels like time is standing still.

Do you believe in the healing power of art? Do you apply art to your life in therapeutic ways?


Krista-Lee-Pfeiffer :: Blogger & Creator of TheSunnyShadow.com


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