Art and mindfulness
Engaging in creative activities can also boost mindfulness. Mindfulness is the ability to stay present and in tune with your body’s emotions, thoughts, and sensations. When we practice mindfulness, we can learn to recognize and identify painful and difficult emotions. Mindfulness also helps you learn how to accept those feelings and let go of them.
Whether it’s drawing, painting, doodling, or creating a sculpture- creating something allows you to give yourself a break from uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and engage in an activity that you have control over. When you’re creating art, you get to decide what to make, what colors you’ll use, how big it will be, and all the other details that go into it.
You don’t have to attend art therapy sessions to enjoy some of its benefits. Here some art therapy activities that you can try at home:
-Draw or paint outside.
-Paint to music.
-Put together an art journal.
-Make a drawing related to a quote you like.
-Take photographs of things you think are beautiful.
-Create a motivational collage.
-Use natural materials such as leaves, sticks, dirt, and clay.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of PTSD, and it’s affecting your ability to function day to day, don’t hesitate to seek help. Call Serene Health at 844-737-3638 or visit us at www.serenehealth.com to book an appointment.