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Awake You Inner Artist to Manage Anxiety

Nearly 29 percent of population is estimated to experience an anxiety disorder somewhere in life. Considering the association with anxiety disorders and lower quality of life (QoL) and a negative impact on psychosocial functioning, it is important to address the problem sensitively.

It is always better to recover from anxiety through non-medicinal ways, and art therapy is a therapeutic strategy to encounter anxiety without bothering about any possible side effects.

What is Art Therapy?

Art therapy refers to a non-verbal, experience-based therapy, in which visual arts, including drawing, painting, sculpting, and clay modeling etc is used to treat a behavioral health problem. It can be provided both as a standalone therapy and in multidisciplinary treatment programs for treating anxiety.

Art therapy has also been found suitable for even patients with high levels of anxiety. As suggested by a study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, art therapy is effective in reducing anxiety symptoms, improving quality of life and aspects of emotion regulation.

Art therapy’s role in alleviating anxiety attributes to its efficacy in facilitating cognitive disruption by diverting attention away from rumination. Moreover, it allows the person having anxiety to express them visually rather than using verbal expression.

The visual therapy also works by diffusing a stressful environment and occurrences. It makes the patients feel calm by enabling them to focus on the task at hand. Once anxiety causing environment is defused, the individuals participating in art therapy are more open to process thoughts, emotions and assess behavior.

Here is a list other benefits that art therapy delivers:

  • It interrupts rumination by changing focus.
  • It relieves the nervous system
  • It acts as a distraction from those painful experiences.
  • It is useful when verbal expression is restricted to limited.
  • It boosts self-esteem as it gives a sense of achievement.
  • It encourages focus on one thing.
  • It reduces over-stimulation from external sources.
  • It allows tactile stimulation.
  • It helps vent out negatively and releases stress.

Now that you know the possible benefits of art therapy, here are some simple but effective art therapy exercises for you overcome anxiety.

  • Create drawings of your wins and achievements. It will help you feel good about yourself and build a better self-image.
  • Draw yourself as a superhero, which is on a mission to save the earth.
  • Paint one of those childhood memories when you had the greatest fun.
  • Imagine and illustrate yourself in a fairy tale like Cinderella or Rapunzel.
  • Draw a comic strip illustrating a funny moment in your life.
  • You can give a shape to your dreams. Keep a journal of your dreams and add something to it every day.
  • You can also collaborate with somebody on an art work, which will help improve your social skills in a creative way.

There are many such art ideas that you can practice to deal with your anxiety. They have worked for many with anxiety and can work for you as well. But if you still find it difficult to manage your anxiety, you can call our 24-hour drug helpline 855-441-4405 and speak to a member of our team about anxiety treatment centers and other important information.

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