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The positive effects of creative art therapy on mental health

Creative art therapies are used in conjunction with traditional mental health treatment. Art, music, and dance are examples of creative art treatments that have long been used to help people suffering from mental illnesses (Lehofer & Stuppack, 2005). Incorporating these therapies into hospital operations can help create a positive and artistic atmosphere in the facilities.

In several studies, dance therapy was found to reduce negative emotions such as anger, frustration, depression, fear, tension, and anxiety (Rebollo, 2004). The goals have always been to manage behaviors, process feelings, reduce emotional distress, and boost self-esteem. The following are some of the reasons why children and adults benefit from creative art therapies:

  • Self-discovery: These programs can help you recognize and accept feelings that have been buried deep inside your subconscious.

  • Self-esteem: Participating in these programs will provide you with a sense of accomplishment, which can help you boost your self-esteem and confidence.

  • Stress relief: Fighting anxiety, sadness, or emotional trauma can be mentally and physically exhausting. Making art can help you relax your mind and body and relieve tension.

  • Emotional release: The most significant advantage of creative art therapy is that it provides a healthy avenue for expressing and letting go of all your emotions and concerns. Sadness or fury are examples of complex emotions that are difficult to explain with words. Making creative art therapy may assist you in expressing yourself when you are unable to do so but seek emotional relief.

Emotions are expressed through a variety of bodily activities that are important in our social interactions, social outcomes, and how we communicate our feelings to others (Calvo et al., 2015). Our impulses can tell us what is going on as a way of resolving the problem by involving brain activity, because emotions are the psycho-physiological ways in which we react to an action (Van Dyck et al., 2014). This can help us adjust to new environments in the future. Emotions are mental feelings that can influence the mind, which acts as a signal in a specific situation (Devon, 2016). Emotions can convey information about our environment's "friendliness or danger" by acting as indicators (Van Dyck et al., 2014, pg.1).

Rebollo claimed that creative art treatments are a vital aspect of modern health, and that they should be employed in "clinical applications in hospitals, institutes, and private practice," based on demographics and patient histories of psychological and physiological disorders (Rebollo, 2004, pg.838). Dance therapy has been demonstrated to have a significant impact on helping people "accept and let go" of emotions, repair their bodies, and cultivate mindfulness through encouraging personal creativity. The table below highlights some of the data gathered on dance utilization:

At some institutions, dance therapy has been used to demonstrate its positive effects on self-efficacy, vitality, emotions, and increased coping capacities (Bradt, Goodill, & Dileo, 2011). Prisons have used creative art therapy to increase inmates' self-awareness and emotional growth, leading to good behavioral adjustments (Gussak & Ploumis-Devick, 2004). As a result, some of the detainees reported their spirits had improved and their coping abilities had improved. Stuckey and Noble mention previous study reviews on the outcomes of dance therapy use.

Here at Creatively, WE release we're working hard to make creative art programs in our communities and social institutions more accessible.

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