Art Therapy & Paint By Numbers Kits

by Logan Ransley January 20, 2018

While art therapy is its own field, you can use the benefits of art to express your creative side and drawing skills to reduce stress and get in touch with your feelings. I think most of us knew this instinctively as kids: virtually all of us know the joys of sculpting something (with play-dough), painting something (with fingers), or drawing (with crayons and other materials).

However, other than making random doodles in the margins of a page while you’re on killing time, if you’re like most adults, you don’t express yourself with art like you did as a kid.

Benefits of Art

One of the reasons that clinical art therapy is effective is that the act of drawing and creating art can help you relieve stress in several ways. Read on to see why creating art doesn't have to fit a certain mold to be a great idea for you. Here are some ways that creating art can alleviate stress:

Distraction

Drawing and art can take your mind off of what’s stressing you, at least for a few minutes. It's difficult to keep ruminating on your problems when you're focused on creating, and if your problems stay with you, you can incorporate them into your creations.

And when you’re finished being engrossed in your sketches, you should have a clearer head with which to tackle your problems again.

Flow

There’s a certain quality of being called “flow” that experts say is very beneficial for us. This refers to a state of being completely engaged in something to the point of being in a near-meditative state.

Self-Care

Just the act of having a hobby can make you feel more balanced in your lifestyle. Sometimes, with all of life’s responsibilities, we forget that we need and deserve ‘down time’ and self-care. Taking even a few minutes on a regular basis to devote to a hobby can give you more of what you need in this area. And, with drawing, you have the additional benefit of being left with something beautiful (or at least interesting) to show for it!

Read more about the other research-proven benefits of art and creative expression for stress relief.

Do-It-Yourself Art Therapy for Stress Relief

One of my favorite ways to use the act of drawing for stress relief is to maintain a sketch diary. Keeping a sketchbook can be a form of journaling, and it can be cathartic, creative, and stress relieving. You can use a journal for personal art therapy and stress management in the following ways:

Draw Out Your Emotions  

Sketch pictures that describe your feelings related to things in your life that are causing you stress currently.

Process Old Stress  

Sketch abstract pictures that express feelings related to past stressful experiences, as a way of processing your emotions and healing. This can be a form of journaling but can be especially helpful for those who are more comfortable with ideas and emotions that don't need to be put into words.

Keep a Sketch Diary  

Keep a "Dream Sketch Diary", and sketch scenes from dreams you’d like to remember or better understand. You can also keep a "Gratitude Sketch Diary" to catalog what you're grateful for in your life.

There are several different types of sketch diaries you can create and enjoy.

Record the Beauty in Life  

Keep a sketch diary of what you think is beautiful in life. Draw the faces of those you love, places that bring you peace, or other pieces of beauty. The process of sketching can be a great stress reliever, and revisiting your creations can also bring you some peace in the future.

Enjoy Paint By Numbers Kits  

Start enjoying some of the new Paint By Numbers kits kits that have become popular—they can be especially relaxing for those who don't feel artistic, but want to create easy, beautiful, and stress-free paintings.

Article was reposted from Very Well

Logan Ransley


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