Drawing patterns is a way of venting without opening one’s mouth. Like positive interpersonal venting or playing with calming fidget toys, the body feels relaxed after a therapeutic moment of drawing, coloring, painting, or sculpting. Do not confuse stress with anxiety. Controlling anxiety requires often more professional help.
Have you ever been in situations where you are holding grudges with a close friend or family? Then, after you summon the courage to talk things out with the individual, you feel relaxed and happy. There is scientific evidence that explains why you felt relaxed after you expressed yourself. Drawing patterns is also similar.
According to a 2017 Harvard research, art has the capacity to relieve stress and revive a declining intellectual activity. The then-president of the American Art Therapy Association and current professor of neuroscience at the University of Alabama, Christianne Strang, affirms that drawing is a creative process that makes an individual self-conscious and connected to society.
Art therapy is an interactive process used to nurture self-esteem and self-awareness, enhance neural functions, promote clear-headedness, reach a consensus when conflict becomes overwhelming, improve social skills, and build endurance. The important factor that makes art therapy reliable is that it takes place in the presence of a professional art therapist.
Art therapy is for five types of individuals:
The effectiveness of art therapy has been a controversial topic in the science community since the early 2000s. There have been several attempts to explain why people feel relaxed after doodling and most importantly, the effectiveness of art therapy in relieving stress.
Art therapy can be used to enhance the quality of life of trauma and cancer patients. According to Kopytin and Lebedev, art therapy works for trauma patients when the intervention is done over a long period of time.
The pile of scientific studies supporting the use of art as an “anti-stress” therapy for cancer patients is outstanding. The studies were carried out among large and diverse groups of cancer patients. The only exception is schizophrenia. Art therapy is not effective in reducing stress in schizophrenia patients. You don’t have to be a talented artist to participate in art therapy.
The function of the art therapist is to not judge your drawings or teach you how to draw but to understand the client using the art drawn. The art therapist seeks to enhance personal growth, rebuild self-esteem and reignite the resilience of the client.