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How does art therapy reduce stress?

Updated: Dec 5, 2021

Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. But when stress lasts for a long time, it may harm your health.

According to American Psychological Association, two new meta-analytic studies involving thousands of children and college students show that anxiety has increased substantially since the 1950s. In fact, the studies find that anxiety has increased so much that typical schoolchildren during the 1980s reported more anxiety than child psychiatric patients did during the 1950s.

In this blog, we will look at how art therapy helps you to tackle negative stress and feel relaxed in the fast-paced world.

While art therapy is a distinct area, self-directed painting can be used to express your creative side, decrease stress, and connect with your emotions. As youngsters, most of us intuitively grasped the power of art: virtually every child knows the joys of sculpting with play-dough, painting with fingers, or sketching with crayons and other materials.

If you're like most adults, you probably don't express yourself via art as much as you did when you were a youngster, save from sketching odd sketches in the margins of a page. You may not think you're "excellent" at making art, or that it's worth your time, but art is actually a worthwhile pursuit.

Art Therapy is supportive psychotherapy that taps your subconscious part, it stimulates your cognition due to the frequent thought processes that you have during therapy and posts therapy evaluations. It helps in relieving long subdued emotions by bringing them to the surface for better understanding. It also provides you with a feeling of accomplishment, something that you created, that belongs to you.

It allows you to construct visual representations of prior events and experiences that don't require the use of words. Fostering symbolization and nonverbal communication can lead to new ideas and discoveries. In stressful situations, this method of reviving and/or fostering can help with the development of self-efficacy and coping abilities. In clinical settings, Art Therapy is used with patients who have had traumatic events, are prone to stress and anxiety, are in a bad mood, or in general. Art therapy clients use a variety of mediums, such as watercolors, crayons, and clay. Possibilities of expressions are developed both throughout the creating process and when reacting to one's own creative work.

We at Happy Hikkups have a holistic approach. Our main aim is to foster psychological well-being along with fun activities. Each aspect of well-being is highly interconnected, it is better to have a wholesome focus rather than a distorted one. Our voice-guided art sessions are structured to help you to understand yourself better. It will take you on a journey of self-exploration and self-understanding, provoking you to churn that peddle of thought process and filter out the unwanted. All this is done with colors, crayons, paints, sketch pens, and A WHOLE LOT OF FUN.

Here’s a question for you, “Who would you be without your anxiety?”. To embark on your self-exploration journey, grab your stationery and some colors and book an On-Spot Service TODAY!

Read this to know more about Art Therapists


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