Coping with emotions is a life skill that helps us adapt to challenges. Tapping into your creative side is a great, fun resource for healthy emotional expression. You don’t have to be an artist to do so! Creativity is expressed in many forms like visual art (e.g., drawing, painting), writing, cooking, or dancing.
In visual art, images describe inner feelings and thoughts. When using art to express intense emotions, we experience catharsis, an emotional release that provides relief and reduces stress to better cope with challenges.
We may face certain struggles that require the support of mental health professionals. An art therapist is a licensed counseling professional, also trained to use specific visual art processes, to promote insight, coping skills, and overall mental health well-being for all populations and ages.
Whether making art alone, with your family, in the community, or with an art therapist, creative coping can help you “draw” your way to better health and family readiness.
Creative Coping Tips for Families:
Need an art therapist? Visit the Art Therapy Credentials Board website and click on the “Find an Art Therapist” link.
Contact your local Family Advocacy Program for more information and support.
Recovery involves a daily commitment to making healthy choices. Follow these four tips to assist you in staying centered during your recovery.