The creative process of producing art is applied today in the medical profession to help improve a person’s emotional, mental and physical well-being. Art involves self-expression that is shown in the final creation which can help a person better express themselves, boost their self-awareness and esteem and also control their behavior and feelings.
The creation of art is not limited to professionals or individuals who are artistically gifted. Art therapists have come up with a way to help their patients understand the underlying messages that are communicate through their art. For example, if a person continuously paints using loud colors such as red or dull and remorse colors such as black, this could be an indication that they are angry or saddened by a particular event that happened in their life.
Art therapy has been successfully applied in counseling, rehabilitation, healing psychotherapy and treatment.
Who should use art therapy?
Art therapy is not limited to people who have psychological problems and it can be used by everyone. Creating art is a great way of relaxing and shutting out the world. It provides an avenue where anyone can communicate their inner thoughts without the fear of being judged as it’s only them who understand what they have created and what it means to them.
Art therapy also provides introverts with a clear way of communicating, where word, for instance fail them. There are times when saying exactly what you mean is almost impossible and this is where art comes in.
Aside from art therapy being a great way to improve your emotional self, you can also use it to deal with general illness. Focusing your attention on something like art will keep you from feeling icky and sorry for yourself. Art also provides a welcome escape from stressful illnesses such as cancer and other terminal illnesses. Give it a try today.