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  • Gracie Williams

The Power of Art for your Mental Health

‘Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life’ – Picasso

If you have been following our blogs and Instagram posts for a while, you may have noticed that we often talk about art as a way to destress and as a way of channelling your mental health and trauma.

So, we wanted to do a blog dedicated to why art is SO powerful for overcoming trauma and caring for your mental health.

Art comes in many forms, including:

  • Painting

  • Acting

  • Dancing

  • Drawing

  • Making music

  • Songwriting

  • Poetry

During the pandemic, many of us turned to art as a way to cope with the lockdown and the stress of the news. It provided us a sense of comfort, a way to shut off from what was actually going on in the world, and something to keep our brains active.

Unfortunately, post-pandemic, many of us drifted from this as we moulded back into the “normal world”. However, we are strong advocates for using art as a form of therapy, and want to encourage you to pick it back up again.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, art is a tool of mindfulness and, as such, participating in art can help us to deal with a wide range of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, while also helping us to cope with any form of psychological stress and trauma.

Likewise, according to PTSDUK, art helps to reduce blood pressure, boosts the immune system, and promotes a sense of wellbeing and is a crucial tool for overcoming trauma.

How many times have you found that someone has asked you “What is wrong?” and you haven’t been able to explain it to them?

Sometimes we feel too uncomfortable to say it out loud or we think that they may not understand us so we bottle it up. Instead, by creating art, it helps us to express our emotions in a way that doesn’t necessarily say it “straight-up” or even use words at all.

Art is all about getting creative, thus, there is no right or wrong way of doing it which also means that it doesn’t matter how good you are or how bad you are at it, the form of actually doing it is enough to build up your mental health.

So, next time you reach out for your phone to scroll mindlessly or reach for the TV remote, why not swap it for pens and get creative?

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