Healing through the power of Art Therapy
You do not have to be an experienced artist to receive benefits from the positive effects of art therapy. In fact, some people just doodle or sketch random shapes and this can help reduce the feelings of stress and anxiety. Even applying label design’s to your nails can help you feel relaxed and help you feel more beautiful.
Look, Life can be difficult. We are a society that finds all members of the household following the rat race into our stressful jobs. At the end of this already stressful day we come home to prepare dinner, help with homework, mentor through the stresses that come along with teenage hormones, worry about how we are going to pay our bills, or it could be dealing with a bully at school. This is just a short list of potential stress causes. There are too many to list. It is no wonder that we find so many struggling day to day.
But, What is art therapy?
Art Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. (1)
Art has been used as a means of communication, self-expression, group interaction, diagnosis, and conflict resolution throughout history. For thousands of years, cultures and religions around the world have incorporated the use of carved idols and charms, as well as sacred paintings and symbols, in the healing process. The establishment of art therapy as a unique and publicly accepted therapeutic approach only took place recently, in the mid-20th century. The emergence of art therapy as a profession arose independently and simultaneously in the United States and Europe.
The term “art therapy” was coined in 1942 by British artist Adrian Hill, who discovered the healthful benefits of painting and drawing while recovering from tuberculosis. In the 1940s, several writers in the mental health field began to describe their work with people in treatment as “art therapy.” As there were no formal art therapy courses or training programs available at that time, these care providers were often educated in other disciplines and supervised by psychiatrists, psychologists, or other mental health care professionals. (2)
Certainly, I recommend talking to your doctor before starting any therapy but I also believe that starting on your own just cannot do anything but help. It helped our family as one of our family members struggled with severe depression and anxiety. I use art as a means of relaxation as well. The time I spend working on a drawing or painting is relaxing and by focusing on this work I stop thinking about all the things in my life that may be pulling me down.
We at Nouveau Artiste have began selling Art Supplies on our online store at www.nouveauartiste.com in hopes we can spread awareness about the benefits of art therapy. As we grow we plan to donate a portion of our profits to benefit art therapy awareness. Please spread the word and heal through your own expression. Just start by starting.
We would love to hear your stories about how you may have healed or were touched by someone who successfully used art as a means to heal. Please use this blog to tell your stories and you may inspire someone else to begin the healing journey.
Thank you for reading.
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