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Art Therapy: Welfare through Art

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Art Therapy: Welfare through Art

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process to generate physical and mental wellbeing. It uses various art forms to treat emotional problems.

How does it work?

The creative process involved in artistic self-expression can help anyone solve problems, and develop and understand their feelings, this therapy also reduces stress, improves self-esteem and awareness.

It may have a different effect on each person, art therapy can be used with the guidance of a therapist and psychotherapy, treatment, rehabilitation, etc.

Suitable for all

Anyone can make use of art therapy, you do not need talent or be as an artist, and there are professionals who can work with us to delve into the underlying messages communicated through art.

The language or use of words is the most common way to communicate and express, however, this can be a limiting factor for many people who are unable to express themselves through words. One of the beauties of art as therapy is that it develops the ability of the person to express their feelings through any art form.

Each of the arts can help us discover aspects of ourselves that we did not know, and practicing them has its benefits:

Theatre:

The theater is very entertaining and fun, for shy people it can be challenging, however, after overcoming the initial fear, the theater offers us many benefits.

  • Increases self-confidence. Through theater, we can overcome shyness , and improve social relationships.
  • Since in many cases dialogues must be memorized, this activity helps to improve memory and concentration.
  • There is also room for improvisation, which improves our mental agility, the ability to listen and ease of speech.
  • The theater is also a good opportunity to work together, promoting tolerance, patience, cooperation, and a sense of belonging.
  • Through practice, we can relax and release the tension of everyday life.

Dancing:

Dancing is a very attractive and relaxing activity, it's fun and it's good exercise.

  • This activity improves mood, reduces stress, anxiety and depression
  • Dancing helps improve co-ordination, memory and also improves our self-esteem
  • It is a good way to overcome shyness and help establish new relationships

There are many dance styles - you can choose the one that suits your needs and that you enjoy the most.

Music:

If listening to music relaxes us and puts us in a good mood, learning to play an instrument has even more extra benefits.

  • Learning to play an instrument helps develop mental abilities and skills, encourages creativity and imagination. Moreover, it benefits the memory and promotes concentration.
  • In addition, composing your own songs is a form of expression, perfect to let our feelings flow.
  • Creating a melody also helps to increase confidence in ourselves.

Writing:

Translating our emotions into a letter gives us a feeling of liberation, acceptance and relief.

  • Also, writing a story to tell about a situation or problem that is difficult to overcome helps us to see it from another perspective and this contributes to finding solutions.
  • Writing daily helps reduce anxiety, helps our memory and creativity, and overall expression enhances our ability and our vocabulary.
  • Writing about our problems is an excellent therapy to help us overcome depression associated with these problems.

Visual arts:

Painting, sculpture, drawing, collage or any similar technique can help to shape our unconscious, allowing us to visualise what we feel.

  • The visual arts allow us to reflect our inner world, as well as helping us to relax, it is useful to combat stress.
  • Gives us a chance to feel problem-free and concentrate on the moment of creation.

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on 26/02/2016
I agree fully that art is a great way of expressing oneself and one's creative nature, but sometimes not everyone is capable of singing or painting and so there are definitely other ways of expressing your creative side: it could be through cooking, or creating an incredible website, maybe building a house or stacking shelves in a supermarket in a beautiful and unique manner. All of us have something creative to share, but not necessarily through typical "arts".
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on 26/09/2014
Art is so invaluable to the human soul. These are all great suggestions of ways of expressing art - through dance, literature, theatre, and the visual arts, but I feel these are also very steriotypically "artistic" endeavors. You can just as easily pain a picture, and have nothing of art involved in it at all. True art comes out of creativity, which is expression of the soul. And something this authentic, can even be conveyed in the simplest of ways, by the way you clean the floor, the way you open the door, the feeling of your laugh.
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on 01/12/2013
All of them sound perfect for anjoying a nice time, maybe with the whole family, following one of these therapies can help join the family in a healthy way right? and ejoying the companny while doing something artistic, I think I will recommend this to mu husband and see what happens, I am really into dance!
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on 09/11/2013
All of them sound like a perfect option to let the things be and start a new way of releasing the pressure inside the body and the head, maybe even me, a grown-up man can enjoy doing these activities, maybe at home, painting and listening some soft music to enjoy the moment, that sounds like a very good idea
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on 05/11/2013
If I could have the time to enjoy one of those acitivities, I would choose dancing for sure, it is very relaxing and releases all the tension too, which makes it amazing to forget about the daily life and enjoy the music without worrying about anything, I love dancing all types or music but I do not have the time to go out and try this :(
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on 28/10/2013
Music is my favorite art, I love it and every time I can I try to learn something new in the piano or the guitar, and then I enjoy a very good time where I learn, train my abilities and enjoy listening to the music I like and this is very good for the soul and the mind, feeling that you can do something so beautiful
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on 10/11/2013
I recommed you try a more challaging instrument as tthe violin, or even other that sound pretty easy but lately become a real problem, those instruments make your brain work in a better way, and while you relax, you learn something new, maybe a song for your beloved one or your whole family
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on 28/10/2013
I have heard that these therapies even work for people that are adults or even older like elderly people could find a very good opportunity relying in the art and the extensions of it, a friend of mine worked with small kids and she had really good results, she told me a lot about this and is marvelous .

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