Using Art as an Outlet

Using Art as an Outlet

Posted on 01. Oct, 2012 by in Art Therapy

People who want to find unconventional ways to enhance their lives often consider recreational and artistic outlets for their energy. As they explore these opportunities, they may find that they can improve their health and life through art. Scientists have routinely linked artistic expression as an option for people who sometimes feel frustrated, unhappy, depressed, or confused. They can express themselves through artistic means and convey their emotions to others.

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In fact, painting continues to be a primary way that artists convey their messages to their audiences. When an artist cannot express his or her emotions verbally, that individual can paint a picture that depicts exactly how that person feels. While others may not understand the painting’s message, the artist may feel better seeing the message played out on canvas and on display for others’ pleasure.

Likewise, people who draw and sketch put their feelings on paper when they create their works. Some people find drawing or sketching to be an appropriate outlet for their pent up emotions. Rather than verbally say what they are feeling, these individuals might find it better to sketch or draw what they are experiencing on paper. Some artists let others view these drawings. Others tear the pictures up and experience a therapeutic release.

Many counselors and therapists note as well that writing can be therapeutic. In fact, many of history’s greatest poets and writers suffered from various mental and physical conditions. They coped with their pain, and indeed overcame it sometimes, when they created written poems and stories. People who suffer from depression and anxiety are sometimes encouraged by their counselors to write down what they are feeling and keep a journal of their writings.

When they begin to experience overwhelming emotions, these individuals can write down whatever is troubling them. Having a record on hand of these times allows individuals to go back and read what they have written. They may be able to identify stressors that trigger bouts of depression and anxiety. These individuals may also learn to avoid situations that lead them to feel this way. They can regain their emotional and mental stability through writing.

Like writers, musicians use their artistic efforts to put their thoughts and feelings into music. When they compose music, these artists reflect their state of wellness in their creations. If they are feeling happy and fit, their music might be uplifting and have a rapid tempo.

If a musician if sad and not feeling well, that individual might create a piece that is slow and melancholy. After the piece is finished, the musician might notice an improvement in his or her mood. Writing music can also be a therapeutic technique to improve one’s wellness.

People may be able to improve their health and life through art. These expressions convey people’s feelings and beliefs and allow others to appreciate the artists’ efforts. Many people report feeling better and having improved moods and physical conditions after they create something. Therapists and counselors routinely use these methods as they work with patients who suffer from depression, anxiety, and other issues.

One Response to “Using Art as an Outlet”

  1. Leslie

    13. Feb, 2013

    Thank you for this comprehensive website. An RN for 30 years, struggling with my own issues and a (severely neglected) passion for art has me thinking of this as both tx and career. I think the first step will be to try the local art therapy workshop, a hands on, lightly guided place to create.
    Any advice? At my ancient age of 52 it seems discouraging to change careers but nursing is not going to be it for me, I don’t think.
    Any thoughts from anyone much appreciated

    Sincerely,

    Leslie

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