Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Art Therapy for stress

Stress and worries have become part and parcel of our lives. Sometimes the management of stress and responsibilities of lives becomes difficult. 
Art therapy could prove to be the best remedy for those under constant stress. It helps to give expression to the inner feelings. Art is a technique which gives expression to the feelings in the absence of words. 
Here one can find the benefits of art therapy to get rid of stress. 

Art of mask making
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Raccolte Extraeuropee del Castello Sforzesco
Draw a Line
Art therapy does not demand the establishment of stress free or tension free thoughts. It does not need any masterpiece to be produced. Here the main objective is to pick up a pencil and draw anything, as the art therapy just needs a natural expression.  It is not to compose any artificial form. 
During stress one may not be able to draw a perfect picture. One can draw aimless figures on any book or even on a piece of newspaper in art therapy.  

Have Focus
A research on pain or stress management confirmed that art removes stress and even alleviates the pain associated with dangerous diseases like cancer. It is not necessary to draw anything, if on physical levels one feels oneself to be unable to perform in art form. 
In such situations one can focus on other things of nature like going in a park of watching the birds on trees and get completely engrossed in it. One can visit any art exhibition and intently inspect or understand the artistic maneuvers involved in the composition of that particular art. This method is attractive and involving. 

Meditate to Remove Stress
Art therapy is a therapy in which the person gets completely involved in the works of art. This method of treatment to remove stress is proving to better than the traditional way of meditation.  Art therapy could be imagined in the form of flow art in the absence of rules or software programme or medical tools. 

Be a Child with a Child
The children prefer and like the natural tendencies in artistic things. They do not care how the thing was made while the adults focus on ultimate or end results. Whether the picture is prize winning or not depends upon if it removes or increases the stress respectively. Another time when you bring a new box of colors make sure to use them in the company of children.  Pay attention to what they speak and do and imitate them. By acting and behaving like children one feels to be one of them and this association will helps in alleviating the stress. 

Put love in art Form
Composing any handmade craft with the feeling of love is the highest form of art therapy. Now stitching and knitting is not the forte of women only as the women are not confined to homes. It has been discovered that the craft work made by hands is very important part of life. 
The handmade crafts associate us with real world and the time spent in the making of the craft makes those very moments pleasing and cheerful. 

Music in Art Therapy
Based on non verbal communication, the music is played before the patient and they are also asked to play the music themselves in art therapy. While listening to the music the patients start playing the drums. In this way the patient gets rid of stress.

Benefits of Art Therapy
In art therapy the children are made to express their thoughts in their own language in which they feel comfortable. They learn social skills in the process on one hand and gain self confidence on the other. The following benefits have been found in art therapy in various researches.

1. It increases the self- confidence of the patient.  

2. The negativity of every form in the psyche decreases considerably. 

3. The loss of inspiration in any work also gets reduced. 

4. It creates interest in conversation which generally gets reduced during stressful moments.

5. It increases social and emotional attachment.

6. It gives mental and physical benefits. 

7. It alleviates pain, stress and anxiety.

8. It helps in recovery from emotional shocks.

9. Art therapy also helps in cancer, post traumatic stress and bipolar disorder. 

10. It helps in the treatment of patients. 
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