According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people of all ages experience depression. Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide – with symptoms of sadness, hopelessness, isolation, fatigue and more, it can be hard to manage daily life. Although depression can host many negative symptoms, thankfully there are many tools that you can use to combat this. Creativity is an excellent way to express yourself while learning a safe and healthy way to cope with the feelings you may be experiencing.
Everyday Health notes that art therapy, in addition to more traditional depression treatment, can be very beneficial. Therapeutic art activities may include drawing, painting, sculpting, dancing, storytelling, acting, improvisation, listening to, playing, or writing music. Routa Segal, certified creative art therapist in New York, explained the benefits of art therapy as this:
“Creative art therapy is a journey of finding out who you are, where you are, what you have, and what you need to get where you want to be in life.”
Depression can deplete your energy, and engaging in activities that will give you life are most important. If there is a creative activity that you used to enjoy, force yourself to do it when you’re depressed, even if you don’t want to. Depression can take away the things that you once used to love, which can make it even more difficult to get back into.
There are many benefits to creative activities. For one, it gives you a product that you can see and learn from. Perhaps there is something there in your artwork that speaks to a larger cause, something that you didn’t realize before. Evaluating your own artwork can help you pinpoint certain areas in your life that you may want to change as well, which leads to a process of self-improvement. Expressing yourself through art could also be a terrific way for you to feel free from the judgment of your depression.
If you’re in a treatment center, art therapy that is done in groups can help you to better connect with others. Lastly, letting go of your emotions in your artwork can give you a sense of freedom, trust, and strength. This will further aid in your healing process.
Simple Recovery is a world-renowned, California state-licensed substance abuse recovery treatment program. We believe in holistic recovery, meaning that we provide resources and support to help you restore your mind, body, and spirit through art therapy and other methods of treatment. Make the decision to seek help today. Call us at 888-743-0490 for a consultation.