Art and creativity are great ways to support your mental health. And given how unstable our world is right now, it may also be one of the most underrated self-care activities. If you’ve been overwhelmed by the constant cycle of stress in your life, perhaps it’s time to allow yourself to engage in some artistic, therapeutic activity.
Art is a great way to express and process your feelings. It gives you the space to be completely yourself and accept what you’re going through. Most importantly, it can allow you to take some useful time out of your busy schedule.
To help get your creative juices flowing, here are some therapeutic art activities to get you started.
Therapeutic art exercises and activities
1. Draw or sketch your emotions:
In this art therapy exercise, first try to focus on how you feel. Once you get an idea, start drawing or sketching your emotions. This will help you turn your feelings into art and give them concrete form. Now that you’ve made something that you can see through your feelings, dealing with it can seem a lot less intimidating.
2. Finger drawing:
Do you remember those childhood days when you used to paint your best friend’s fingers in selected colors? Well, you can still do that today. Draw your fingers, create that mess, and most importantly, have fun. In our daily cycle of stress and tension, it becomes all too easy to forget how real, unfiltered joy feels. Perhaps through finger painting, you can reconnect with the kid in your childhood who knew how to have fun.
3. Draw a safe space for yourself.
We live in a very terrifying world, and there are few places we can be ourselves. So the next suggestion on our list of art therapy activities is about this safe haven for you. Create a place where you feel safe. Keep in mind things like emotional integrity and physical affiliation as you draw.
4. Draw a happy memory.
What is the one memory in your life that never fails to make you happy? It’s time to translate it on paper through art. This activity can be a reminder of the happy times you had. It can be a relief to look back on the toughest days.
5. Make something for someone you love.
Creating something for your loved ones is a beautiful and soothing experience. Our last suggestion on this list of art therapy activities is to make something for someone you love. This can be a great way to express gratitude and love towards them.
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We hope these art therapy activities will help you relax and give you a break every once in a while.
While artistic activities can be a good way to deal with everyday stress, they are not effective solutions to deeper problems. If you’ve been dealing with stress and anxiety for a long time now, there’s probably something else you need to address. And now you can do it from the comfort of your own home. To learn more about online therapy, click over here.
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