Although Paintstorm doesn’t claim to be anything of the sort, the entire exercise serves as a form of casual art therapy. While it’s recommended that you see a professional art therapist to avail of the entire experience, there are several benefits to art that can be of use to the average person who isn’t in need of professional therapy, but seeks an outlet to rid themselves of their daily stress.
It Allows You to Reconnect With YourselfFor people who have trouble expressing themselves, art can be a channel to find their voice and explore what’s really on their minds. Pravin Madur, who volunteers as an Expressive Art Therapy Facilitator at Happy Feet Home – a hospice for children with terminal illness – says, “Most of the time we don’t know what we’re feeling. There may be a gamut of feelings that you may experience at any given moment without you being aware of it. At times like this, you can use art as a medium of expression to understand yourself better.” Like this article? Also read: 5 Sisters Who Don't Need Their Brothers' Protection This Raksha Bandhan
It Helps You Connect With Other PeopleModern living gives you very little time for yourself, let alone other people. Often, we become so involved with the details of our life that we fail to acknowledge others around us. Working together in a group provides us with a chance to bond with others over a common interest or activity. A group art project can quickly transform into a thoroughly enjoyable session and a chance to make some new friends.
It’s An Effective Stress-BusterDon’t be surprised if you find your stress melting away while painting; after all, it’s still a form of therapy even if it does entail something you never thought could be therapeutic – art. “Stress is often a manifestation of physical or mental anxiety that is produced through the work day. A creative outlet allows you to explore your feelings and discover what’s weighing on you. Once you know what’s causing the stress, you can address the problem,” says Pravin.
It Improves Overall Well-beingArt therapy is a form of expressive therapy that utilises the process of creation to improve one’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. How good an artist you think you are has very little to do with how effective art can be at improving your life. So go on and give it a try, you never know what you might discover about yourself in the process.
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