By Sarah Wylde
In previous posts, I have mentioned my struggles and journey with mental health and wellness. I have social anxiety, panic disorder, depression, OCD, and mild agoraphobia. I honestly cannot remember a part of my life when I wasn’t dealing with mental health issues. Before I got help and was educated about it all, I didn’t know what the feelings meant, where they were coming from, and why they were happening. One thing that my therapist suggested that has helped is art therapy. I am not a health professional. I am just passionate about learning and have become a mental health advocate who would love to see the stigma that surrounds mental health and mental illness end. To do that, I believe that we need to have all the information.
Art therapy is a technique with the idea that creative expression can help in your mental well-being healing process. The method of creating with an expressive medium is that it’s used to help explore emotions, self-esteem, social skills, and more. The goal is to explore self-expression and find ways to develop new coping skills. Practises used can include drawing, painting, or coloring. Remember, it is not about artistic ability. It is about letting the pent-up emotions out creatively and expressively. Drawing helps you stay in the moment, while coloring lets you appreciate what is around you and focus on gratitude. Art therapy is a mental exercise that brings you to a meditative state and can even enhance your creativity.
Some mental health and wellness conditions that art therapy can be beneficial in helping with management and recovery can include and is not limited to:
- Learning disabilities
- Emotional problems
- Substance use
- Family problems
- Relationship problems
Some communities have art therapy groups, and you can ask your therapist and look online for one near you. Another option is that you can purchase the supplies and do it in the comfort of your own home.
I hope this helps in your mental health and well-being journey.
Until next time!