Art Therapy and Stress Relief

Art therapy is a wonderful way of releasing stored up stress and anger. Not only can you tap into and release past hurts but you can also let go of current stressful situations.

Art therapy is one a favorite stress relief techniques. I have been using this technique for about 6 years now.

It is a very new form of therapy but I find that it is just as useful in releasing stress as many other traditional therapies.
What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy is a form of therapeutic practice which uses art in dealing with emotions and issues. It is a therapy which empowers us through the use of art and our own creativity.

You can visit a professional art therapist which can be beneficial but there are many techniques you can use at home. Please see below.
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Benefits of Art Therapy

The benefits I have found from this therapy are as follows:

  • Able to shift moods very quickly indeed: releasing anger and unhappiness almost instantaneously.
  • Helped me cope with workplace stress. Used to paint in my lunch breaks when working in corporate environment. Rather than holding onto comments customers or colleagues had made, I used to release it through my artwork.
  • Helped me to flow with my emotions, expressing what I felt. By doing this I was able to overcome depression and anxiety.
  • It’s great fun
  • Everyone can do it, including children – especially children. If your child can’t express what they feel get them to do some of the techniques below
  • What also is a form of relaxation is visiting art galleries or looking them online.

Art Exercise (Time needed: 10 minutes)

Equipment

  • A pencil or a pen
  • A piece of paper or cardboard

Exercise

  1. Take the pencil and place it on the paper
  2. Close your eyes and focus on the stress or problem you have encountered.
  3. When you have found the place in your body the stress exists, start to move the pencil around. This is likely to be very quickly.

Focus on that thought and release it through movement onto the paper. Allow your emotion to dictate what comes out and not your mind. It’s not meant to look like any thing – just an expression of your soul.

4. Do this exercise up to 3 times but then take a break. Sometimes you can go very deep with this exercise so take care and be kind. It is possible to cry  when  doing this exercise, so tears are fine – they help to shift what you are holding onto. After you will get a big relief

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