For those of us who spend too much time or not enough in our room alone. Raise your voice through art.
Music, photography, writing, and essentially all styles of art reflect self-expression resulting in productive alone time and creative self-care. Operation No Shame defines creative self-care as an integrative approach to one’s wellness. It is not a diagnostic tool or replacement for counseling, therapy, medical, or other holistic approaches – but a supplement to enhancing one’s health, self-awareness, and quality of life.
Therapeutic prompts and activities are available by clicking on the links below. Grab a notebook, binder, or folder and make your own creative self-care journal with the goal of moving forward, while glancing behind.
The art of handwriting is therapeutic in itself, but the creative writing process can also bring forth feelings seeded deep in your subconscious to your awareness. By acknowledging, examining, and analyzing your writing, you can identify problems and the core root of stressors from your own words and then work through them.
Creating a collage can reduce depression, release repressed feelings, calm anxiety, and resolve emotional issues. It’s a form of self-expression that can bring about clarity for those struggling with a haunting past.
Drawing and painting stimulate the brain, while the canvas provides a platform to express one’s self with lines, shapes, color, and shade. Creative expression yields a meditative-like state of mind that can help you understand complex emotions and cope with unpleasant situations or the aftermath of trauma.
Therapeutic Photography is a mindful activity that involves photographic practices to enhance an individual’s wellness. It increases self-awareness, builds self-esteem, reduces stress, and provides satisfaction, which in return increases your quality of life. Analyzing and reflecting on your own photo collection can guide personal healing and growth.
Evidence suggests that music has a healing power across the lifespan starting within the womb. Listening to music, singing, and playing instruments can reduce stress and pain, improve communication and memory as well as promote wellness.
All therapeutic art, music, and writing activities can be beneficial, but also can bring up powerful emotions and compartmentalized memories that may be overwhelming for an individual to cope with on their own. Operation No Shame suggests reaching out to healthcare providers for further discussion and assessment on such emotions.