Art Therapy and Your Teen: 5 Ways Art Helps Struggling Teens

Art therapy is a type of therapy that someone can practice out in the open, in a classroom, or even in the comfort of their bed. Creating art allows a person to sort through their intense emotions in way that’s different from a regular individual therapy session. Art therapy is a way of processing thoughts, feelings, and emotions that may be difficult to understand through conventional means.

5 ways art therapy helps struggling teens

Control Emotional Responses. Specifically colors have this effect. A lot of evidence points to color having an impact on the pineal and pituitary glands and hypothalamus. These organs control the endocrine system, which helps with regulating emotional responses.

Lower Anxiety. Something that’s caught popularity lately is coloring mandalas. Mindfulness is built into the creation of mandalas, so it creates a mind-body connection that regular coloring doesn’t, which is why it’s used in art therapy. Mindfulness practice is known for lowering anxiety levels and the act of coloring mandalas has the same effect.

Improve Depression. Art therapy has the power to treat symptoms of depression effectively. It helps people understand themselves, improve their mood, and lower feelings of isolation. It has shown to be useful in moving a person’s mood or mindset from “passive to active.”

Help with Trauma. Trauma often leads to intense stress symptoms and flashbacks. By using art, evidence shows that children who have experienced a traumatic event can lessen their stress symptoms.

Express Themselves. Art has a therapeutic way of releasing tension and helping you work through issues you didn’t even know you had. It’s a tool for self-discovery. Teens have a lot of emotions, thoughts, and dramatic events to sort through. Creating art allows teens to express those things in a healthy, natural way.

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