With art therapy, the process of making and creating works of art is used to “explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflict, self-awareness, manage certain behaviors, develop social skills, improve orientation of reality, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem. So, basically, the art therapy is similar to a good old therapy. But this art is not only about learning and improving yourself, it’s also a means of personal expression.
However, it is important to note that the personal use of an adult coloring book is not exactly the same benefit as an art therapy session.
The benefits of art therapy on your health
Despite the fact that coloring and art therapy are not quite the same, coloring offers a lot of benefits for your mind. Coloring certainly has a therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring more attention. Innovative research in 2005 showed that anxiety levels decreased when subjects started coloring mandalas (these are round frames with geometric patterns on the inside). In contrast, simply scribbling had no effect in reducing stress levels of other subjects.
Like meditation, coloring also allows us to turn off our brains to other thoughts and helps us focus only on the moment, helping to reduce anxiety. This can be particularly effective for people who are not comfortable with more expressive forms of art creation.