Art therapy is a creative method of self expression used as a therapeutic technique. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, singing, dancing, modelling or any other creative way used as a remedial or diagnostic activity.
How Art therapy can improve mental health and boost creativity, productivity and mood levels
There are many benefits to using art therapy as a complement to traditional mental health treatment:
Gives you a feeling of fun and adventure :
As humans, we always like to try new things and have a little adventure because the same things can make us feel bored. The best thing about art therapy is people of any age can use it plus you don’t have to worry about getting bored because art is limitless you can try new things every day for music, writing, photography be it anything !
Gives you a break and takes you to a happy state :
We all get tired doing same things it is important to involve hobbies that can boost dopamine levels and that can make us feel alive everyday. You can develop a hobby around the things you like. Be it music, acting or writing about the actress or character you like. Researching on same things can help you develop your skills better. We are living in a digital age you should use technology in a wise way for your own growth. It is not necessary to take classes in order to develop a particular hobby or art. Although if it is possible for you, it is great then.
Leads to Self-discovery:
Art therapy can help you acknowledge feelings that have been lurking in your subconscious. It can help you to know your inner true self when you give enough attention to the underlying emotions. Can help you know who you really are, what are the things you really want in your life and what are things you don’ want thus making you a more mature person. It can inspire you in ways you haven’t imagined.
The process of artistic creation can instill feelings of self-worth and confidence. It can help you heal. It can help you know the causes of specific events and it can teach you to be more calmer, mindful and forgiving person who is now able to understand things and situations better. You will now be able to focus on better and positive things instead of brooding on negative feelings and making the conditions worse.
Gives an outlet for Emotional release:
Art therapy can give can you outlet for feelings and fears that they may have been unable to express through typical means. It can help you to heal and have a positive impact. The best thing about Art therapy is it makes you feel heard even without going to a psychologist.
Creating art can be a powerful stress reliever and relaxation aid. As I said. Humans get happy when they create something new and beautiful. It gives them a feeling of satisfaction and content. In some intense cases some people also get into a third mental world where they are in a beautiful flow state which just has good things filled in within. I can help you to keep going in difficult situations. There are tons of example for this and one of the best Example for this is Muniba mazari.
At the age of 21, Muniba was left paralyzed from the hip down after surviving a tragic car accident. Her backbone was crushed and she sustained multiple fractures to her arm, shoulder, ribs and collarbone. Doctors told her that she would be unable to walk, paint, or give birth; this left her devastated and questioning her existence in the world. The wheel chair just injured her legs but not her courage. She started painting while she was on bed, recovering her injuries. The Art gave her a way out of the emotional distress, pain, trauma and sufferings. It used to make her feel better and empowered. It led her to self discovery and she realized who she really was and that her power couldn’t be tamed by this injuries. She healed herself this way and then she used art as a means of Empowerment for people.
Muniba Mazari is a Pakistani artist, model, activist, motivational speaker, singer, and television host. She uses a wheelchair due to injuries sustained in a car accident at the age of 21 which makes her Pakistan’s first wheelchair-using model. Muniba Mazari is lovingly referred to as the Iron Lady of Pakistan. And for all the right reasons.
Nine years later, her inspirational story continues to touch people all over the world. Muniba was named one of BBC’s “100 Most Inspirational Women in 2015” and featured in Forbes’ “30 under 30” the following year.
“You know, when you end up being on the wheelchair, what’s the most painful thing. People think that they will not be accepted by the people because we in the world perfect people are imperfects. So I decided to appear more in public.”
Studies show that the process of creating art or other crafts stimulates the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is released when you do something pleasurable.Increased levels of this feel-good chemical can be helpful for people suffering from depression or anxiety.
Mental health professionals agree that art therapy has many benefits—boosting self-esteem, giving participants a sense of control and providing a safe outlet for difficult emotions. Art therapy is a valuable complement to traditional treatment. The journey of self-discovery that occurs during art therapy can help eliminate emotional roadblocks and make traditional treatment methods work more effectively.
So how will you use Art therapy to inspire and grow yourself. Is there a special talent you have ? Is there something hidden inside of you that you can use to make world a better place ? There is nothing better than giving meaning to your life and making yourself happy. I hope you find your creative emotional outlet to understand yourself to find the answers of question you have been looking for all of your life, there is no better way than to create beautiful things that can help you and others to be happy. The purpose of art is to express and inspire. Art gives you hope, meaning, life, purpose and passion to live your life fully.