Navigating the vast emotional terrain of the human experience can be quite overwhelming. I know for me, I’m just barely getting started on scratching the surface in understanding how I really feel or what my emotions are telling me. Creativity, music and art specifically, have not only been incredible outlets for my creativity, but they’ve also helped in exercising the “art of expression” muscle that we all have. Using creative outlets as a means to process emotions offers significant therapeutic benefits.
Important: This is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be nor shall it be construed as personal therapy or health advice. Always consult with your own personal health advisor or therapist before making any changes to your physical or mental health practices. If you’re experiencing difficulty or discomfort, please reach out to a professional for help.
Therapeutic Creative Outlets
Why Emotions Need An Outlet
Suppressed or unresolved emotions can lead to physical and mental strain. Prolonged stress or anxiety can usher in various health issues, from insomnia to heart diseases. I don’t need to go into a bunch of detail on how that all scientifically happens, but a great book on this topic is The Body Keeps the Score.*
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Benefits of Creative Expression
Self-Reflection: Artistic activities allow us to confront and understand our feelings constructively.
Empowerment: Creating something provides a sense of control and accomplishment.
Distraction and Flow: Creative tasks can induce a ‘flow’ state, providing relief from distressing thoughts. This is something I’ve studied in-depth and coach people through in my course The Art Within.
Non-Verbal Communication: Art captures feelings that words might not convey.
Brain Activity: Creativity stimulates the brain to promote positive emotions and decrease stress hormones.
Art Therapy: This blend of art and psychotherapy has shown effectiveness against conditions like depression and anxiety.
Finding Your Medium
Discovering a personal creative expression—be it sketching, dancing, or writing—emphasizes the journey, not the result. Experiment to find what resonates with you.
Creativity is not just something we do in our free time—it’s essential for emotional well-being. By embracing artistic outlets, we can find a deeper understanding and healthier relationship with our emotions.