Art Therapy

Do you like to use your hands?
Art therapy is the perfect way to reduce your stress levels.

There are progressive forms of art therapy from self help to professional guidance.
This therapy is used as a self-help therapy due to the meditative state with focused concentration on one project.

With centered focus an individual can relax the mind which in turn relaxes the body.

This activity, as other expressive therapy’s, is self rewarding twofold both in physical and mental wellness.
This therapy can be done outside the home with groups such as taking a pottery or quilting class, or in the privacy of your own home.

Art Therapy stained glass

Outside groups allow your mind to relax as you pull your focus from your immediate pressures to group conversations and social interaction. This is a very favorable therapy for loneliness and problems of seclusion.

If you find your life is overly active and you are racing from one task to the next than using art as a form of therapy in the privacy of your own home may be most suitable.

Its best, but not necessary to set aside a particular retreat space that will prevent interruptions and give you some quiet time. As you pour all of your concentration and focus into your project it will give your mind the needed break in the activity that it needs to rejuvenate.

You may also choose to use this quiet period to draw your focus to a particular subject matter that you may be having a problem with while working on your project. This can afford you the time needed to review possible solutions with their probable outcomes so that you can resolve an occurring dilemma you are facing.

If you would like to experiment with art as a therapy for relaxation and stress reduction but you don’t have any ideas of interest to develop a project visit and review this list of hobbies you may find a selection that peeks your interest.

Art Therapy pottery

Using an expressive therapy such as art in controlled settings like a therapist’s office allow direct focus on problem solving as the issues surface.

An interactive discussion as well as feedback of your thoughts may open new possibilities that lead to multiple options for solution. Professional art therapy can be an alternative when dealing with such problems as trauma, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol addictions or a serious mental or medical illness.

For in depth information of professional therapy there are resources such as Arts Therapies and Progressive Illness, this is a guide that portrays the use of this expressive therapy to treat patients with diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

Another informational artist is Cathy A. Malchiodi. She is a licensed therapist and clinical counselor. She is an editor of for the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association. In the Art Therapy SourceBook she shows you how to use this expressive therapy to guide yourself and others on a special path of personal growth, insight, and transformation.

This encouraging and effective method can help you and others recover from pain and become whole again.

This book will help you: Find relief from overwhelming emotions, recover from traumatic losses, reduce your stress levels , discover insights about yourself, and experience personal growth.

Art Therapy knitting

You may find art programs in a number of settings including: