Let’s take a look at four benefits that art therapy can have on your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
1. Art therapy can help physical wellbeing
Physical wellbeing is quite important as far as general health is concerned. However some people are not be able to keep physically fit because they are not emotionally in good shape.
Art therapy can help participants to address any emotional disorders that affect their lifestyle that causes them to be physically unfit or obese. Once their emotional disorders have been addressed then weight loss and physical fitness is easier to obtain.
Art therapy can also help reduce some types of pain and physical suffering which can be detrimental to physical and mental wellbeing.
2. Art therapy can trigger emotional healing and self-discovery
Artistic expression can help to communicate thoughts, emotions or feelings that often can’t be put into words.
Some people suffer from deep emotions and try to push them down, but the feelings keep resurfacing to haunt them. Research suggests that art therapy can help trigger healing in such individuals, especially when conducted by a highly trained therapist.
Experts in art therapy are able to guide a patient or affected person through a creative therapeutic expression process, This process can help them to discover aspects about themselves that they didn’t previously understand or weren’t aware of.
3. Cognitive health benefits of art therapy
Another area where therapy through artistic imagery is beneficial is when it comes to diagnosis and recovery from cognitive problems and other disorders.
It has been shown that some people who suffer from mental disorders or received brain damage from an accident or a stroke have found a way to communicate through artistic expression, especially when their disability has interfered with their speech.
By being able to communicate through art it can promoting healing and general wellbeing for people with such disabilities and physical challenges.
4. During difficult times art therapy can help
When someone is faced with difficult times such as depression, loss of a loved one, traumatic injuries, grief or transitions in life such as moving or retrenchment art therapy can be very helpful.
It can help to shift the focus off their situation or help them to process their difficulties in a way that brings them healing and relief.
Sometimes people are better at transcribing their emotions and thoughts into pictures that can have a healing effect. Many have found relief from the internal pain they feel during these periods in their life.