I am the least creative person I know. Actually, let me rephrase that: I am the least artsy person I know. I can barely draw stick figures and coloring inside the lines is a bit of a stretch sometimes, too. BUT, I will admit there is something oddly “therapeutic” in the expression and movement behind painting and/or coloring (aka Art Therapy).
Art therapy is a form of therapy that encourages creativity and self-expression as vehicles to reduce stress, improve self-esteem, increase awareness and help remedy trauma. While many other forms of therapy depend on verbal language to express feelings and overcome personal obstacles, art therapy allows for other, more abstract forms of communication. This tactic makes room for elements of the subconscious that perhaps are not yet ready or able to be verbalized come to the surface.
You do not have to be an artist to enjoy the benefits of art therapy. In fact, I encourage those who aren’t artists more so than anyone else! Below is a video that provides 4 easy projects to try to help unwind, relax and lessen your stress load!
Article written by GUADS staff member, Chelsea