Many people think that creativity is for other people like your cousin who paints or your neighbor’s son who is an incredible illustrator, and its true there is remarkable talent in the world…but we are all creative! Those of us who have come to believe that there are the creatives and the non-creatives are buying into a wide-spread myth that you need talent to be creative. This is not the case. It is true that you may need to cultivate talent to be a commercial artist or practice to perfect your craft, but the only true requirement for creativity is permission to play. And honestly, this permission to play is not a luxury, but more of a necessity to prevent the stress of life from mounting into chronic stress.
This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is anxiety. Many of my clients complain of continuous thinking and have a tendency to hold their breath. These symptoms of anxiety can shift within moments of me handing them clay or beginning the session with guided imagery. Art-making can help regulate the central nervous system and shed new light on areas that may have been difficult to express otherwise. Art Therapy is many things, but one of its best qualities is the gift of a new language when words just aren’t enough!
If you or someone you love is struggling with anxiety, chronic stress, self-doubt, insecurity, low self-esteem, and/or depression…there is help and relief in therapy! Click here for a free self-care activity download or check out my Resources page
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