You don’t need any art skills! Art Therapy is all about the process rather than the end product.
Grab a pen, pencils, a piece of paper (any size you like). Take a few breaths in and out – just relax and start to draw squiggles and lines; try not to think about what you are drawing, just let the pen go where it wants to. Keep drawing until you have filled the page.
There is no right or wrong way to do this exercise!
Once you have finished, you can now colour in all or some of the shapes you have created using whatever colours you wish.
The benefits of doing this exercise are numerous:
- You are increasing your spontaneous creative expression. You’re being spontaneous as you’re not over-thinking what you are drawing.
- It’s a great release for emotions.
- You’re expending energy by drawing and releasing emotions. Emotions are energy in motion, everyone needs an expressive outlet that works for them.
- By drawing and then colouring the shapes in you are being in the present moment. This will help you to ground yourself and help you to gain control of your thoughts and emotions.
- It’s important to invest time for yourself!
- It’s therapeutic and calming.
- It’s insightful: Was it easy to do? Did you enjoy doing it? Did you get a noticeable benefit from it?
Obtaining insight leads to self awareness and being self aware empowers you.
If you find this activity helpful to you, you can add it to your toolbox as a resource to use when you need to release some of your emotions and be present in the moment.
This activity can not in any way replace the benefits of an Art Therapy session. This is an example of one of the many different ways Art Therapy can help. If you need more help to express your emotions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
I’d love to hear your experience or if you found this activity helpful. Feel free to share this with your friends!