Dealing With Anxiety: Could Art Therapy Be The Solution?

Jun 14, 2019

Health & Lifestyle | Daniela Pisciottano


There are only a few things that can make you feel better when you’re feeling anxious but art seems to be one of them. In particular, “art therapy” is proven to be significantly helpful for people struggling with anxiety.

Besides being a great way of dealing with stress and agitation, art therapy is also believed to be a treatment option (if part of a comprehensive plan) for people trying to heal from anxiety disorders.

Creativity in any form, whether this is writing music or painting, is known to be beneficial to us but art therapy goes deeper. This professionally-practiced treatment is being used all over the world to help people of all ages dealing with different anxiety issues and it goes beyond spending a few hours contemplating watercolours being washed off in the water.

Art therapy can, in fact, help people process their emotions in a healthier, calmer way, becoming not only a healing experience but also a learning process.

Taking time to calmly colour can help those struggling with trauma find inner peace and, while this is not it is not a substitute for psychotherapy or pharmacotherapies, it can work really well as part of a comprehensive plan.

Subjects suffering from anxiety disorders might find it particularly difficult to deal with stressful situations and art can help them cope with it in a healthier way.

How does art therapy work?

Art therapy can be potentially beneficial for all individuals, even those who are not suffering from any disorders. So, here are its main benefits:


Encouraging self-expression

An art class is a safe space where you can express your feelings without having to hold back. Very often, in fact, people suffering from anxiety disorders find it particularly difficult to put their feelings into words but thanks to art, they can transfer all their thoughts onto a canvas. Art therapy is a way of encouraging self-expression in a non-destructive, creative way.


Calming the nervous system

Inarguably, watching the watercolours dissolve in a glass full of water has its own therapeutic aspects, but art therapy goes beyond that. The act of painting canvas is quiet and calming, something that will have a soothing effect on the mind, eventually resolving inner conflicts that were drawing good energies away from you.


Increasing confidence and self-awareness

Ultimately, art stimulates people to push the boundaries and go deeper, often discovering aspects of themselves they weren’t aware of. Art is not only a creative exercise but also a meditative activity that will give you some time to better understand and identify the feelings inhabiting your brain.


If you find yourself struggling when dealing with a stressful situation, why not considering art therapy – or any other creative activity? Sometimes the best thing you can do is to put everything on hold and take some time to do whatever makes you feel happy, whether this is painting or enjoying a walk on the beach.

You’re capable of being in control of your mind, you just have to remember that.


Pictures: Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels

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