The first book I ever read about art therapy was by Cathy Malchiodi, PhD, LPCC, LPAT, ATR-BC, REAT. I always enjoy reading her works. In her article about visual journaling, she reminds us that many of our experiences cannot be expressed in words. Through images, we are able to gain self-awareness and better make sense of our thoughts and feelings. So, next time you reach for a journal to decompress and let it all out, reach for one without lines and try doodling or drawing, It just might surprise you!
In the past few weeks the news has been quite depressing . . . and kids are seeing it, hearing it, and feeling too. Talking to your children about what is happening in the news and the world is important. I encourage you to make art too! One idea is to have your kids draw a picture about how they see the world and another about how they want the world to be. This article from CNN is a great summary of the best ways to engage children in a discussion about racism and diversity. Helping the world's youngsters become culturally sensitive is key to the change we all desire.
Let's start talking!
I despise clutter. I've always been one to get rid of items in my apartment I no longer need. I especially notice this need to get rid of stuff when I'm stressed. Purging and organizing my living space seems to reduce my stress, and maintaining a clutter-free home helps me maintain a care-free attitude. This article gives 15 really great steps for pairing down clutter in your home to maximize your life.
When I tell people I'm art therapist, I get one question and two responses. People, ask, "What is art therapy?" And then, they say, "Oh, I need that!" followed by "But I can't draw." Many adults and even kids feel like they have no artistic skill. Yet, you don't need any artistic skill to reap the benefits of art-making.
Here's an article that sums up why you should draw despite feeling like you can't.
I really do believe everything happens just as it should. Feeling a bit overwhelmed and procrastinating, a friend recently recommended this book. "The 5 Second Rule" by Mel Ribbons. Who knew that the 5 second rule doesn't just apply to food! If you've read or are currently reading this book, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Does it really only take 5 seconds to change your life?
I'm a certified art therapist, art educator, artist, and idealistic minimalist. Living through my creativity is were I find joy and fulfillment. I want to share this with all of you. This blog is intended to provide quick tips and fun posts about how to live more creatively and improve your social and emotional wellness.