Art Therapy Can Provide Relief from Anxiety

Many people suffer from anxiety and art therapy can provide relief. Dealing with anxiety can be very stressful and it can take a toll on your mental well-being. Behavioral problems are sometimes the result of excessive fear, and for individuals experiencing this fear, it can includes panic attacks. Panic attacks can be frequent, persistent, and unexpected. They are followed by different symptoms, including shortness of breath, shaking, sweating, and fearful thoughts.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety focuses on anticipating future threats. These people are often nervous, under a lot of stress, and they worry a lot even when there is no reason for it. Of course, being a little bit anxious is nothing wrong. Sometimes a bit of worry can even help us by preparing us for stressful times. However, the problem starts when we let anxiety take control over our lives. In these situations, we need to do something about it so that it doesn’t have an adverse impact on our quality of lives. There are ways to calm yourself when experiencing anxiety.

Some of the most popular ways of dealing with anxiety include hobbies, entertainment, exercise, various relaxation techniques, or simply talking to someone. The best way to treat anxiety varies, depending on the person. While talking to someone will help some people, others may find more relief through exercising. In some cases, the feelings of being anxious are only short-term. Then, people can return to normal routines promptly without any disruptions. However, in other cases, anxiousness levels are intense, and they last for a prolonged period. In these situations, they often have an abnormal and disruptive impact on our lives. If you are dealing with long-term anxiety that has a serious impact on your life, you should seek professional assistance.

Art Therapy and Anxiety Relief

There are many benefits to art therapy when it comes to helping people who are dealing with anxiety issues. Its purpose is to help them express themselves non-verbally. Sometimes, we have no idea what the cause of our problems is, and attending art therapy sessions can help us resolve our inner conflicts and get a better understanding of ourselves. It can help us figure out what contributes to our feelings of anxiety. As a result, we will be equipped to manage our behavior and lessen stress.

During the process of creating artwork, people focus on what they are doing at the moment. Instead of worrying about different future scenarios that will probably never even happen, individuals can concentrate on clay or a blank canvas in front of them. During the art therapy sessions, people are too busy focusing on their art. They are figuring out how to express their thoughts and opinions without the use of words, so they forget about the anxiety. The creation of artwork is all about the control that they have, and a freedom to paint or sculpt whatever they want, as long as it expresses their opinions. Over time, people learn how to project the sense of control on other aspects of their lives, such as the anxiety problem, and they stop letting the anxiousness control their behavior.

Another benefit of creating artwork is that it calms the nervous system. People feel calm and relaxed while painting, and they are not nervous at all. It is an excellent option when it comes to venting and releasing stress, and it is very successful in reducing over-stimulation from external sources. Art therapy can be very useful to people suffering from anxiety.

Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.

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