By: Danielle Clayton
Did you know that incorporating artwork into your home can have numerous benefits beyond just adding an aesthetic appeal? Not only does looking at or buying art have psychological rewards but art therapy has proven to have significant benefits on your mental health as well. Studies have shown that artwork can reduce stress levels, improve mood, and increase productivity. Not only that, but it can also serve as a conversation starter and help to express your personality and style. Plus, whether it’s a colorful painting, a unique sculpture, or a meaningful photograph, artwork can express who you are and make your house uniquely yours.
Therapist have used art therapy for patients diagnosed with depression, anxiety, PTSD, cancer, dementia, and cognitive impairment. This form of therapy is beneficial because its less verbal communication involved, and people are able to express themselves openly. Art therapy benefits people of all ages and social groups. Because it is a form of therapy, it isn’t just used as an expressive form but also for human development and counseling techniques. Art therapy is not for everyone. Those that believe they are not artistic, or creativity enough will be reluctant to try it, but the best thing about art is you don’t have to be a scholar or have years of training or experience.
Speaking from my experience I can say that creating art has done monumentally well for me and my mental health. Though I have not received services from a licensed therapist, I have used art to:
1. “voice” childhood traumas,
2.reduced my anxiety and depression,
3.increased my self-esteem and over-all self-worth,
4.become much humbler,
5.reduced my suicide attempts to zero,
6.grown spiritually, creativity and educationally,
7.learned to accept and embrace my mistakes without taking them out on myself,
8.remove so much toxicity from my environment,
9.communicate without fear of judgment and
10.added to my list of goals, dreams and aspirations.
So, whether it’s through creating your own artwork or simply visiting a museum, the benefits are undeniable. Because I am an artist and have chosen to take this path, I ask you to show your support for not just me but artist everywhere.
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