Self-expression is likely a uniquely human experience: our ability to share opinions, feelings, and ideas allows us to connect with each other. But, for someone dealing with depression or anxiety, letting others in on how they’re feeling or what they’re thinking can be harder, and the person with depression might even find it difficult to understand themselves. Luckily, art therapy has proven to be a wonderful way for someone coping with depression to learn more about themselves and how they relate to their mental health. Here’s why.
Go With the Flow
Art is a wonderful way to sort through feelings and express some of the more abstract thoughts we as humans carry with us. It can also be a great way to explore complicated or uncomfortable feelings that someone coping with depression might feel. It provides a great outlet for slowing down and getting into a flow state.
Studies have shown that a person’s mood improves when they’re taking part in some sort of creative activity. This combined with the stress-relief aspects of art-making can relieve negative feelings and stress that tax the mind. Art making has even been linked to increases in dopamine, a chemical people with depression may be lacking.
A Path to Self-Knowledge
One of the biggest benefits of art therapy and its ability to positively impact a person’s mental health is its usefulness as a tool for self-discovery. Someone coping with depression or anxiety may begin to understand deeper parts of their personality, allowing them greater knowledge of what they need to begin to heal.
Some people experience valuable breakthroughs in their depression during an art therapy session, especially when combined with other types of treatment and therapy.
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