Therapeutic prompts and activities are available by clicking on the links below. Grab a notebook, binder, or folder and make your own art 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.
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. Offbeat Expressions suggests reaching out to healthcare providers for further discussion and assessment on such emotions.