As many of you know, I recently lost my daughter to Turner's Syndrome when I was 21 weeks pregnant. Many things helped me, and are continuing to help me get through this loss from God, to counseling, to my community, to art. Yes, art.
I definitely believe in the therapeutic qualities of art. It gave me something to focus on. If you've ever experienced something difficult you understand that sometimes you just can't find words to explain what you're thinking and how you're feeling. Creating helped me express my emotions, thoughts, and feelings in forms of words, shapes, and colors. I could pick up my paints or markers and release that emotions through my work.
Art therapy isn't just beneficial for those who have experienced loss, it's for those who are going through any kind of battle, whether it be mental health or loss or illness.
I've recently read an article about how Art Therapy is beneficial for cancer patients and I would love to share my favorite section with you.
"...art therapy helped these patients reduce anxiety, depression, and even physical pain. The art therapy sessions also improved general quality of life in most of the patients. The review indicated that the emotional benefits lasted as long as the therapy program but that the impact on pain actually extended well after the therapy had concluded. "
I believe that Art Therapy is grossly under looked and highly beneficial. And I really believe Pablo Picasso had it right when he said this:
"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
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