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Nurturing Emotional Well-Being: Art Therapy as a Tool for Post-Pandemic Recovery

Updated: May 18, 2023



As an art therapist who works with young adults, I've seen firsthand the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on their mental health. Many have experienced stress, anxiety, and depression during this difficult time. It's important to acknowledge the emotional toll that the pandemic has taken on us and find ways to cope and manage our feelings.


Art Therapy is one approach that has been shown to be effective in helping people through emotional challenges. This form of psychotherapy uses creative expression to explore and process emotions. The creative process of making art can help individuals connect with their emotions, thoughts, and experiences in a way that is non-threatening and non-verbal.


Art Therapy Benefits


Research has shown that Art Therapy can be effective in treating a wide range of emotional challenges. One study found that Art Therapy was effective in reducing anxiety and depression symptoms in college students (Puig, Lee, Goodwin, & Sherrard, 2020). Another study found that Art Therapy was helpful for young women who experienced trauma and were struggling with anxiety and depression (Smeijsters & Cleven, 2006).


Post Pandemic Emotions


Post pandemic, Art Therapy is particularly relevant because it can help individuals process the complex emotions that have arisen from the pandemic. Many people have experienced grief and loss, isolation, and uncertainty during the pandemic. Art Therapy can provide a safe and supportive space for individuals to explore and process these emotions.


Other Creative Forms of Expression


In addition to Art Therapy, other forms of creative expression such as dance, music, and writing can also be beneficial in helping individuals process emotions. The creative process can be a powerful tool for coping and managing emotions, particularly in the aftermath of a traumatic event.

If you're struggling with emotional challenges post-pandemic, consider exploring Art Therapy or other forms of creative expression. It's important to work with a qualified therapist who can provide guidance and support throughout the therapeutic process. With time and effort, we can find ways to manage our emotions and move forward in a healthy and positive way.


Learn more about art therapy sessions for young adults here.

References:

Puig, A., Lee, S. M., Goodwin, L., & Sherrard, P. A. (2020). Impact of art therapy on anxiety and depression in college students. Art Therapy, 37(1), 33-40.

Smeijsters, H., & Cleven, G. (2006). Creative arts therapy in the treatment of traumatized children and adolescents: A review. Journal of European Psychotherapy, Counselling & Health, 7(3), 181-199.

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