5 Mindful Art Exercise that can help improve your Mental Health
Mental health has become of prime importance to us especially post the pandemic. Be it simple stressful situations of your life or you going through a depression turmoil, art can act as a great medium to improvise your mental health condition whether small or big.
Research has stated art helps to remove daily stress and anxieties. It lowers the cortisol level (stress hormone) and in addition offers a therapeutic experience. So whether you are a Picasso or a born with two left hands, practicing art can help you regulate your emotions. Art provides a way to express your feelings , makes you at peace with yourself , more accepting to your feelings or even vulnerability.
You don’t need to be an artist to heal your mental state of mind. You just need to experience the process without worrying about the final outcome. The result of art is to become happy mentally and that can be achieved with simple selfcare art care ideas which I am to list below
Disclaimer – You can use any sort of colours like water colour, gauche or pencil colours to draw the art. You just need a journal, colour set, some pens and the attitude to do something for yourself. So lets begin….
Here are 5 Mindful Art Exercise that can help improve your Mental Health
Draw your Mood
- Draw your feelings on to the paper. How do you feel today or at the very moment. It can be happy, sad, angry, hurt, fearful or loving. Or you may be feeling something different. Whatever you feel is okay
- Close you eyes and ask yourself, whether the feeling has a shape, colour or form. Does it feel heavy or light. What is the temperature. Take a min to visualize the feeling
- Simply depict that into the paper as shown below.
Remember the final outcome is not important, you just have to feel the feelings and be true to the process.
No Tool painting
- Experiment a No Tool Painting by making use of your fingers, hands, feet or just blowing or dripping paints on the paper. You don’t have to make use of any paintbrushes or stencils to carve out your drawing but simply use your body parts
- Just turn on the music that soothes you and let your hands or body go with the flow. Enjoy the subtle movements and experience the feeling.
Draw with your non dominant hand
- Use your non dominant hand and just start drawing or painting whatever comes to your mind first.
- This exercise helps to strengthen the connection between the brain hemispheres, improves creativity and increases your focus too
Draw Blind Contour
- A blind contour drawing is one where you look at the object you are drawing but not at the page.
- There will be a constant urge to look in the paper but it is the process of observing that help your mind to study the object and in return experience detachment and practice self compassion
- Once your drawing is complete, you can add colour to it and get a smile on your face
- In this image I was drawing a glass bottle filled with chocolates tied with ribbon
- Allow the hand to move any where in the paper without giving a rational though to it . The idea is to release subconscious feelings on the paper.
- I would suggest not to use paints here since it stops the process every time you dip brush in the paint. it should be a free flowing process and if possible i would say do not raise your hand while drawing .
I personally believe mental health begins not only at a stage when clinically one is diagnosed with depression or more but it should be incorporated as a part of your daily exercise just the way you would take care of your physical fitness. Art releases tension, exhaustion, anxiety , stress etc and if we spend 15mins of our time just scribbling in your journal a lot can change !!!
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