What is art therapy?

Art therapy is a form of expressive therapy that encompasses the creative processes of art to enhance physical, mental, and emotional well-being.  Art therapy instantly starts working on reducing the stress of a person. In this form of therapy, there is no form of interaction with anyone, but rather people can reflect their problems in the form of patterns and colors.

Art can be very therapeutic and helps to reduce the emotional burden. These days, life in urban cities can be really hectic and tiring leading to people ending up compromising their work-life balance over time. People also find it uncomfortable to talk out their problems. This bottling up of emotions is what wreaks havoc on their mental health, leading to clinical depression. Art therapy is therefore a way to release the innermost turmoil.

Regain the process of self-discovery

Self-discovery is very important, as people start losing themselves across time. Creating art helps to effectively acknowledge subdued feelings and represses pain. It helps to readjust their objectives and allows them to realize responsibilities towards themselves, family and work.

Acts a healthy way to release emotions

Life is complicated with emotions adding more to the complexity. Letting go of loss, grief, and negative emotions are hard. Art therapy, therefore, provides a healthy way to let go of these emotions. It provides a safe space to process the most difficult emotions.

Living in such a hectic world, we are forced to follow a monotonous lifestyle. Due to this the creativity factor is lost, and there is a lack of the ‘wow’ factor in the delivered work. Lack of concentration at work is one of the biggest problems faced these days.

Mandala art, a form of art therapy, helps to slow down fast-moving thoughts and calm minds.

Mandala art therapy

Mandala art therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which a trained therapist guides clients through a variety of artistic processes using geometric patterns to find or restore a sense of mental balance.

  • Mandala art therapy benefits especially those who feel pressured with work, or has mental health-related problems including anxiety, attention disorder, or are undergoing grief and loss.
  • For some, the practice of mandala therapy is very self-soothing and centering.
  • Others find it to be crucial in containing negative emotions, such as fear, anxiety, or anger.
  • Therapists use mandalas within art therapy to invite clients to create mandalas that represent his or her feelings at that time.

Art therapy can benefit people in many different ways.

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Ways to do mandala art therapy

Mandala art therapy is a beautiful process that is most importantly self-revealing. It helps in the form of piqued energy, creativity, productivity, and unshakeable belief in values and vision.

Mandalas can be done in many different forms such as flowers, fruits, tree rings, human cells, planet earth, solar system, milky way galaxy, and many more. Furthermore, mandalas are also known to boost the immune system and stimulate the release of melatonin, a hormone known to slow cell aging and promote sleep. They are also useful healing tools for meditative practice.

Apart from drawing and meditating on mandalas, there are also mandala coloring books that can be useful for anyone. Coloring a mandala combines the benefits of mediation and art therapy can do at any time and place. It provides a deep sense of calm and well-being.

However, coloring mandalas may not be for everyone. The process involves repetitive movements and gripping, and may aggravate the pain of certain preexisting conditions. To conclude, as with most art therapies, it is not about the final product, but rather is about the journey of creation.

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