What is an art therapy?
If you can’t find motivation or feel dull and sad, why not try art?
Art therapy is an expressive therapy that involves creative undertakings to improve one’s emotion.
The British Association of Art Therapists defined art therapy as “A form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication. It is practiced by qualified registered Art Therapists who work with children, young people, adults and the elderly.”
During this process, a person uses his/her creativity to create something artistic. The good thing is you don’t need to be an artist to gain benefits from this therapeutic technique.
The purpose, therefore, is to temporarily loosen the stressed mind, not trying to be perfect. Art therapy is effective in improving the mood.
A recent study, for instance, found that coloring in books improved people’s emotion.
Dr. Girija Kaimal, the study’s leader concluded that “Coloring might allow for some reduction in distress or negativity, but since it is a structured task, it might not allow for further creative expression, discovery, and exploration which we think is associated with the positive mood improvements we saw in the open studio condition.”
Art therapy does not always involve sketching or drawing. It could be of different forms. Music is one of them. It could be playing musical instruments and/or singing songs.
Art therapy does not only improve mood but also beneficial to our health. In fact, some studies found that this therapeutic technique actually helped cancer patients.
Having a cancer is a very stressful experience. The emotional struggle often results in depression. So art and dance can be helpful to alleviate stress, anger, and sadness.
Although art therapy often involves professional guidance, it does not mean that you can’t be expressive on your own.
All you have to do is revisit your passion. Believe it or not, there’s a creative person inside you.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.