As an artist and teacher I have seen a lot of things along my career path and one is where art has been used as a tool to help people with their emotional state. In my own experience as an art teacher, I have seen how art has calmed a child for 30 minutes after having an all out temper tantrum before walking into my classroom.
I’ve seen how adults who have taken my painting classes just go into a zone and accomplish amazing things; while at the same time saying that they feel a whole lot better after they finished their painting. Painting is very therapeutic, it relaxes you and calms your mind down a significant amount. Studies have shown that participating in activities that involve creativity reduces stress and bring you to a more calming state. There are a lot of us who are suffering from illnesses like depression or dealing with traumatic events like a death or divorce.
Painting can be a great way to help you get in touch with your feelings and use creative expression as an outlet.
This is where the term Art Therapy comes into play. Art therapy is treated as antidote to be used to identify and change the negative thoughts and emotions that are associated with depression. More and more people are looking into art therapy as means to helping people deal with emotional stresses.
For me personally, painting has helped me deal with several things in my life over the past couple of years. Recently I went through a divorce and have been taking care of two little ones during the school year. I have to say there has been really stressful time throughout the process of the divorce and raising two little ones. Even now as I write this I am getting ready to put the two kiddos to bed in a minute. The good thing is that I have allotted some time for me to paint after they go to bed.
I have to be honest and tell you I feel a whole lot better after I paint. I don’t know how to explain it in medical or scientific terms, but painting has really been a vice for me to clear my head, relax, and decompress a lot of tension from the day.
I feel whole lot better when I go to bed after a few minutes of painting.
I don’t paint for a long time because I have to get up in the morning, but just from those few minutes that I do paint it has allowed me to be freer from a lot of things that were emotionally draining me during the day.
My quest for you today is to paint for your health. I know that sounds a little odd at first, but hear me out. If studies have shown that hands on activity like painting can help with depression, it surely can help some of the day to day worries that consume our brains each day. I know a lot of artists who paint for profit, some for accolades however; painting for your well being can be very beneficial to your health and your emotional state.
So Just Paint. Just the act of creating something beautiful can be soothing and engulfing. That alone brings self gratification.