Creating art can bring a soothing focus to your day. People have various hobbies that help distract them from daily work routine and keeps them mentally engaged. As an expert in Children and Family Services, artistic expression is one of the many hobbies I recommend be used as part of therapy.
You can use art therapy to do more than just relieve stress; it can be an avenue to express your creativity and get in touch with your emotions. Using art as a form of therapy is something that we possibly knew as kids: we can relate to the joy of sculpting with play-dough or doodling using crayons.
The use of art can be an effective form of taking your mind off stressors in life. Even if it’s half an hour, your mind will be distracted and focused on the task at hand. And when you’re finished doodling or painting, you should have a better mind to tackle whatever problems you have.
Additionally, engaging in art therapy provides a meditative quality known as “flow.” It refers to a state of being involved in something completely, almost to the point of being in a meditative state, which offers the benefit of relieving stress.
I am passionate about this topic. As part of my post-graduate studies, I attended the Institute of Imaginal Studies in Petaluma, California where I learned about expressive and art therapies. Watch my blog for more about the power of art and imagination.