Depression can be an isolating, disorienting and profoundly painful experience, robbing you of your capacity to feel joy, happiness and the will to live. Creating art is one of the depression treatments that has been shown to have highly therapeutic effects on psychological health. According to research, art making can significantly influence our physical and psychological well-being, giving people who struggle with depression a new language of recovery.

RELIEVES STRESS

Focusing on any type of project can help take your mind off things, so dedicating time to art making can be a great idea. It’s practically like meditation because you’ll be very concentrated on the art you’re making, rather than on other circumstances. Art therapy will greatly help you relax and relieve stress, thus it can help in taking all the negative thoughts far away from you. Whether you choose to colour, paint or maybe shape a lump of clay, making your own artwork will help you keep all the stress at bay.

A GOOD WAY TO HELP RELEASE EMOTION

Sometimes depression can be overwhelming, preventing you from feeling either happy or sad emotions. Feeling distanced and numb is very common for people struggling with depression, but creating art triggers the creation of emotions and enables us to express how we feel, even if it’s been buried deep inside of us. Once the artwork you create is tangible, be it a painting, or a simple scribble on the piece of paper, you’ll be able to perceive your emotions and realize that you can actually express them, through the voice of art. Transfer your emotions onto the canvas and feel a sense of relief.

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Once you’re aware that you are struggling with depression, the healing process will inevitably involve you talking to a therapist about your feelings. However, sometimes it’s not easy to open up to someone, and much less talk about your deepest emotions with a complete stranger. So, instead of suppressing all the emotions, some people turn to painting, making it an outlet for all of their bottled-up emotions. Giving voice to artwork is far less threatening than putting into words everything that you’re feeling, so if you’d rather let your art speak for you, grab a brush, stand in front of the canvas and start creating magic. If you don’t own one, you can easily buy a canvas online and save yourself the trouble of going to the store for all the supplies. A picture is worth a thousand words, so let your art speak for yourself until you’re able to talk openly about all the inner turmoil.

IMPROVES SELF-ESTEEM

Creating art will give you a sense of accomplishment. Whether you have art in your blood or not, feel free to start drawing, writing, playing, singing or photographing and let aesthetically pleasing art give a boost to your psyche and help ease the symptoms of depression.

If you or someone close to you is struggling with depression, make sure you ask for help and if possible, seek treatment as soon as possible. Art therapy is one of the highly beneficial forms of depression treatment, so feel free to start painting, playing, singing or maybe photographing to ease the symptoms of depression. Not only will it give you a sense of accomplishment, but it’ll also help you relieve stress by putting your words into the art work.

Diana Smith.

Author Bio – Diana Smith is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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